Bendigo Creek Trail, Sightseeing Ride
Ideal for families, with no steep hills to climb or uneven outback tracks to navigate, along with the Bendigo Creek Trail you can enjoy Bendigo’s grand heritage buildings, fascinating gold rush history, captivating art scene and calming natural backdrops at a gentle pace, while getting a healthy dose of fresh country air.
Following the Bendigo Creek, the trail traces its course north-east from Crusoe Reservoir, and provides the opportunity to visit and experience significant Bendigo icons including the Central Deborah Gold Mine, Rosalind Park, and Golden Dragon Museum, continuing all the way along the creek to the famous Bendigo Pottery in Epsom.
Perhaps take a break from your ride to wander through the picturesque Bendigo Botanical Gardens, or grab a bite down one of Bendigo’s vibrant art-filled laneways. The View Street arts precinct, home to the Bendigo Art Gallery and numerous colorful boutiques lay just off the trail, beckoning investigation.
At 17 kilometers one way, the trail can easily be approached as a longer return day ride, or be broken down into more manageable, short return rides with plenty of options such as Rosiland Park to Lake Weeroona, or Bendigo Pottery to the Botanical Gardens.
Bendigo Creek Trail is an undulating cycling and walking path which is well-maintained and mostly paved. One short section follows public roads. An optional extension at the beginning of the trail skirts around Crusoe Reservoir and follows a well-formed gravel track.
There is easy access to the trail from Crusoe Reservoir and Number 7 Park. Starting from either end, you will find ample parking including disabled and bus parking. Crusoe Reservoir is on the outskirts of Kangaroo Flat, an outer suburb to the south of Bendigo. If coming into Bendigo from Melbourne along High Street/Calder Highway at Kangaroo Flat, turn left into Crusoe Road between Centro Lansell Plaza and Kangaroo Flat McDonalds. Follow Crusoe Road around to the reservoir where you will find ample car parking and the start of the Bendigo Creek Trail.
There are also numerous access points along this 17km trail as it traverses through residential areas. Other popular access points include next to the Golden Dragon Museum, Lake Weeroona and at the back of the Bendigo Botanic Gardens.
Food and Drink
Picnic facilities are offered along the trail. Plus, you’ll also find numerous cafés, takeaways, and restaurants close to the trail, especially when passing through the heart of Bendigo CBD at Rosalind Park. Lake Weeroona is roughly at the halfway point of the trail and is the perfect place for a picnic lunch or a short rest along the way and there are a number of cafés, restaurants and takeaway options a short distance from the parklands that border the lake.
A recommended start point is from Crusoe Reservoir and Number 7 Park. From here you can ride along Bendigo Creek till you meet Gateway Park on High Street, Kangaroo Flat. From this point, you will need to travel a few local roads before rejoining the trail in the Bendigo CBD. If you have time whilst riding this section, a visit to Central Deborah Gold Mine to take a look at Australia’s deepest underground mine tour is highly recommended.
As you make your way into the CBD, it is recommended you travel along Hargreaves Street, until you meet Mitchell Street. At Mitchell Street, you can turn left until you travel past Alexandra Fountain and re-access the trail at Rosiland Park. At times the trail crosses to the opposite side of the waterway, so take note of all the signs as they’ll let you know how far you have been and where the next landmark is.
From Rosiland Park, you can follow the path as it meanders past the Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo Tennis Complex, and Lake Weeroona, where access to the O’Keefe Rail Trail is located. The trail will then lead you to the Bendigo Botanical Garden, and further on to the Bendigo Pottery Complex. Finally, the endpoint at Epsom Shopping Center is a good finish location from your journey.
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