The Dunolly to Havelock Gold Rush Trail is a 54km loop trail connecting Maryborough with Dunolly through the Havelock Nature Conservation Reserve. It’s a fantastic option for those wanting something a little challenging in terms of distance, on quiet gravel paths and through stunning dry sclerophyll forest.
You’ll be well rewarded for your efforts with the beautiful and iconic Australian bushland in a secluded and quiet region. You may encounter other riders but are otherwise likely to have the area to yourself, with few vehicles using the well-surfaced trails.
Cycling this trail is a fantastic way to get outside, explore the natural world, discover gold rush relics from as early as the 1850s, encounter native animals and birds, and maintain your fitness levels.
Key trail features that will enjoy discovering along the way include:
· 1. Hugh Hughes Eucalyptus Site
· 2. Rock Cairn – 1895 Murder Site
· 3. Old Bromley School
· 4. Old Dredge Site
· 5. Former Township of Bromley
· 6. Old Sugar Gums Nursery Site
· 7. Cairn – Naming of Maryborough at Old Police Camp
This is a mostly gentle and flat ride through undulating forest and farmland with a total elevation climb of just 240m across the full 54 km loop. It’s not often you can ride these distances with such a small elevation climb. Trust us, you’ll enjoy this one!
The trail starts at the Maryborough Railway Station and head northeast to Burns Street. You can take your bike on the train to access the track-head.
From the opposite direction, you can commence this trail from the Caravan Park in Dunolly, heading southwest to Betley Street.
Food and Drink
There are many food and drink options available in Maryborough and at Dunolly including cafes, bakeries, independent supermarkets, and other takeaway options.
Dunolly is an old gold mining town surrounded by a stunning box and ironbark forest. This town was once referred to as the 'Golden Triangle‛ because there were more gold nuggets found in the district than any other in Australia and was home to the largest gold nugget ever found in the world - the 'Welcome Stranger‛.
54.464 km / 33.842 mi
240 m / 786 ft
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