Cycle Victoria, Sightseeing Rail Trail Ride, Kyneton Lauriston Reservoir Circuit
Kyneton is very much the centre of Victoria and seems to be not too far from anywhere. This country ride is accessible by rail; in fact it starts at the railway station. The undemanding route takes you straight out into the countryside, with plenty of historic architecture, country roads with pretty vistas and a quiet reservoir reserve to relax in. Back in Kyneton there is a lot to see with plenty of shops and cafes to reward your effort.
Surfaced roads over hilly country side. Near the reservoir the roads are narrow but there is little traffic. The Kyneton Main Road has no shoulder in some sections and it is advised that you ride single file.
Most of the route is on quiet country roads. However the Kyneton Main Road takes traffic off the Calder Freeway and can be busy. The traffic in Kyneton is typically busy so care should be taken with motorists parking and opening doors.
Kyneton is 87 kilometres north west of Melbourne off the Calder Freeway onto the Kyneton Main Road. The ride leaves from the railway station (VicRoads Map: 632 C7) which is about one kilometre left from the intersection of Keyneton Main and the KynetonTrentham (Mollison) roads. There are regular daily V/ Line trains to Kyneton from Southern Cross Station.
Food and Drink
There are numerous cafes and shops in Kyneton, including a cafe at the station. You’ll find picnic facilities and toilets at Lauriston Reservoir but no cafe. On the return journey from the reservoir there is a service station shop when you reach the Kyneton Main Road intersection and as you re-enter Kyneton there is a good variety of eateries along the street.
You can take a short detour to the pretty little hamlet of Lauriston at the turn on to Lauriston Road after leaving the reservoir
As with many central Victorian towns, Kyneton has its historic roots in the Gold Rush. It was a supply centre to the goldfields, which is not hard to imagine when you see the significant number of restored buildings of the era scattered about the town. The ride leaves from the impressive bluestone railway station built in the 1860s and heads straight out of town beside the railway line. It’s only a few kilometres before you will see an arm of the reservoir coming into view and the entrance is not far beyond here.
It is a popular fishing spot for trout and redfin. The best place to sit and relax is near the dam wall and although you can’t walk out on it, there’s still an impressive sight from the side. The return journey from the reservoir takes you on a different route back to Kyneton. You pass close by Lauriston where you might wish to take a detour. Once you come back onto Kyneton Main Road you will find some interesting attractions as you head back into town.
Firstly there is the bicentennial Golden Mile planting of thousands of daffodils beside the road, making early September a great time to do this ride. The Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival is held during this time to coincide with the flowering. Crossing over the Campaspe River, named by the explorer Thomas Mitchell after one of Alexander the Great’s courtesans, there is Quarry Reserve on the right, which has beautiful grounds with a sculpture park.
There is a path along the river that will take you to the Botanical Gardens close to the railway station. Coming back into town up Piper Street you will find many of Kyneton’s cafes, antique shops and historic buildings. Out the other side of the CBD toward the railway station, the ride again crosses the Campaspe with the Botanical Gardens on your right. Planted in 1856, the gardens contain 17 heritage-listed trees and are well worth a visit before you end your ride.
16.963 km / 10.54 mi
74 m / 244 ft
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