Wedderburn Reservoir Ride

Loddon Shire, Wedderburn Reservoir Ride, Mountain Bike

Intro

A gentle, pleasant and scenic 1.1km loop through natural forest vegetation, with many opportunities to encounter native fauna along the way – including kangaroos, echidnas, lizards, frogs, water birds and a variety of bushland birds. Wildflowers also provide a stunning display of colour in the right season.

The reservoir track provides a unique insight into the unique aspect of water supply in the Goldfields region. Gold mining operations required a reliable supply of water and the reservoir provided security of supply in the busy gold mining period of the late 1800’s. In low rainfall areas catch drain reservoirs such as this one maximize flows into the dam. It was upgraded in the 1880’s to provide fresh water for the town but today is used to water recreation facilities. Supply is augmented via a channel from Skinner’s Flat Reservoir north of town.

The caravan park was formerly the crown reserve ‘camp’ during the gold rush and contains many exotic and native specimen trees that correspond to a garden established at the site as early as 1869. The area was declared a Public Gardens Reserve in 1934.

Terrain

The Reservoir Track winds around the grounds of the caravan park before circling the reservoir and returning across the dam wall.

The track is quite short at only 1.1km and is ideal to tackle in combination with the Nardoo Trail along the creek or as an easy, pleasant ride on its own.

The track is very flat and has a good, solid path surface.

Access

The Reservoir Track is accessed via the Wedderburn Pioneer Caravan Park at the entrance to Caravan Park Road, off Hospital Street.

Food and Drink

There is water and picnic facilities near Caravan Park and Historic Garden. Note that toilets are available at the rest area in the town centre; those located at the caravan park are for patrons only.

More details

The assemblage of species and design of the gardens at the caravan park show style characteristics of Baron Von Mueller and William Guilfoyle who were instrumental in the design of many notable gardens in Victoria including the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.

As always in this region, keep your eyes peeled for any precious nuggets that may have been missed by all the fortune seekers that have trodden here before you.

You may encounter snakes, insects, fallen tree limbs, wire and glass. Temperatures can be very high in the summer: be sure to carry water, wear a hat and apply sunscreen. Beware of vehicles on the roads and caravan park tracks. Swimming is not permitted in the reservoir and care should be taken on the steep embankment of the dam wall.

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1.132 km / 0.704 mi

Total Distance

23 m / 75 ft

Total Ascent

9 m / 29 ft

Total Descent

213 m / 697 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Low
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Average
Mobile Coverage: Limited
Estimated Distance: 1.1
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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