CYCLE BENDIGO, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, NORTH BENDIGO RIVER TRAIL
This a great ride through the middle of Bendigo, heading North and following the Bendigo Creek trail. Most of it is on dedicated bike paths and it takes you in and around some inspiring natural and built scenery. This is great to go with kids and explore some of the great sites in Bendigo. Want a sneak peak?
Here's a 3D view of the return journey ride
The starting point is picking up your bikes - in the case I went for some Brompton bikes at Wine Bar on View ... and of course the obligatory coffee and cake to get myself ready! The route is along the purpose built and sign-posted Bendigo Creek Trail. From Wine Bar on View you ride into Rosalind Park and take the time to explore nearby historic buildings, the Fernery - with lots of bats!
The Fernery at Rosalind Park
If you feel like it you can stop by the Golden Dragon museum to discover the Chinese history of Bendigo dating back to the Gold Rush during the 1850s and 1860s. You continue following the trail north through and you have a range of places to stop of visit including ... Lake Weerona - this is a great place to explore. It has all facilities, a great cycle-friendly restaurant / cafe (The Boardwalk), as well as a kids playground and beautiful manicured lawns for a picnic. Given this is a shared path, take care when riding of walkers, joggers, jogs and people wearing headphones who can't hear your bell!
Riding at Lake Weeroona, Bendigo
From here, you can wind up to Botanic Gardens and wonder around. There are so many things to see including a walk in Aviary! At the end of the trail, you can turn right and then turn right onto Midland Highway, following the bike lane to the Bendigo Pottery Tourist complex where you will find a range of galleries, exhibitions, shops and a place to eat. This is a short ride, and perfect for kids or for those that want to explore some of the great places of Bendigo.