The Goldfields Track, Bendigo, Australia, Mountain Bike Trail
The Goldfields Track is an iconic mountain biking and hiking trail that traverses some of central Victoria’s most significant landscapes. The trail leads visitors through countless hidden treasures from deep gorges and fern-lined rivers, to the artefacts and cultural heritage of the richest gold rush the world has seen.
The 210km shared use bushwalking and mountain bike trail follows the top of the Great Dividing Range from Mt Buninyong just south of Ballarat to Bendigo in the north of the goldfields. The journey allowing mountain bikers time to savour central Victoria’s unique combination of gold rush heritage and stunning natural beauty.
Linking the great goldfields cities of Ballarat and Bendigo, the Goldfields Track is a one of kind. Originally created by a community-owned organization, the Great Dividing Trail Association (GDTA), the Goldfields Track links the old gold rush towns at the heart of Victoria, as well as the forests, hills and lakes, straddling the Great Dividing Range.
This 210km long iconic Central Victorian mountain biking trail can also be split into three shorter sections, Wallaby Track (90km), the Dry Diggings Track (60km), the Leanganook Track (60km).
This is a long trail with a variety of terrain and elevations. There are various climbs and descents to tackle, also some rocky parts.
The Goldfields Track is actually three interlinked tracks. You can choose to start from where you like: The Wallaby Track, the Dry Diggings Track, the Leanganook Track. There are multiple camping and accommodation options along the trail.
Food and Drink
On the way you'll pass through Creswick, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, Castlemaine and Harcourt - and a number of tranquil and picturesque hamlets besides. These local villages offer a wonderful array of experiences including accommodation, restaurants, cafes, wineries, galleries, spa and specialty shopping.
The track takes you from Ballarat in the south to Bendigo in the north. The trail is broken up into three interlinked tracks:
WALLABY TRACK (90kms) from Mt Buninyong (20kms south of Ballarat) to Daylesford. Much of it contours what was once a productive, working forest on top of the Divide. Starting at Mt Buninyong offers some great family friendly options, otherwise, make your start the Ballarat Railway Station.
DRY DIGGINGS TRACK (60km) from Daylesford to Castlemaine, is arguably one of the best stretches of single track in the country. From wet temperate forests on top of the Great Dividing Range to the drier northern plains near Castlemaine.
LEAGANOOK (60km) from Castlemaine to Bendigo has yet more ever changing spectacular scenery. From the granite tors around Mt Alexander to the golden plains near Bendigo. Heritage abounds on this track, from gold rush relics, to the still in use engineering marvel that is the Coliban Water System.
Because of the length and remote location of this rewarding mountain bike trail, cyclists are advised to undertake careful planning before undertaking this ride. Mobile-phone coverage is poor to non-existent for much of the trail. Further information about the trail can be found here.
166.956 km / 103.742 mi
1,928 m / 6,327 ft
2,442 m / 8,012 ft
728 m / 2,390 ft