Bendigo Creek Track Ride

Cycle Victoria, Sightseeing Ride, Bendigo Creek Track Ride

This ride commences just outside the Bendigo Botanic Gardens and leads you past a number of tourist centres and inner city homes and businesses. You will pass through the beautiful Lake Weeroona parkland and then onto a trail that winds its way along the Bendigo Creek. Close to the White Hills Botanic Gardens the track meets the Bendigo Bushland Trail and this will take you further out into the country along the creek until the track ends its journey.

Terrain

This ride is along a sealed, shared walking/bike path.

Traffic

There are a number of roads to cross over along the ride, but with care this should not present a problem.

Access

The ride commences in the car park at the side of the Bendigo tourist information centre in Williamson Street off Pall Mall. VicRoads map 607, S6.

Food and Drink

The beginning of the ride is in the main shopping centre of Bendigo and there are many food and drink outlets in the area. Along the way, further food and drink can be purchased at Lake Weeroona.

Side Trip

Bendigo has a number of cycling paths. You can get further information about these at the tourist information centre at the beginning of the ride.

 

More Details

The Bendigo Botanic Gardens is home to a fernery and a conservatory and may be worth a stroll around before you begin the ride. It is a very peaceful and calm setting. Once you have left the gardens you pass the Golden Dragon Museum which houses a comprehensive history of Chinese settlement, particularly from the time of the Gold Rush. The path then passes by the Joss House, a Chinese house of prayer. Significant as the only surviving building of its kind in regional Victoria, it continues to be used as a place of worship.

Just ahead be sure to look out for the low hanging peppercorn trees. You may need to duck your head in a number of spots as these magnificent trees cover the path in many places along the track. Coming up is Lake Weeroona. This parkland area offers something for all. A waterside cafe/restaurant, mobile ice cream vendors and coffee stalls; picnic and barbeque areas and playgrounds make this an enjoyable stop off point along the ride.

Further on, the trail continues to hug the creek as it winds along. You will pass over bridges and there is even a poppet head to climb to take in the views surrounding the area. Across the road you will see the White Hills Cemetery. You may wish to take a very short detour across the road and take in some of the historic graves dating back to the 1850s. There is a Chinese burial area where there are around 1000 graves making this the largest Chinese burial area in Australia. This is testament to the large Chinese settlement in Bendigo from the time of the Gold Rush. Soon you will pass by the White Hills Botanic Gardens which has toilets and barbeque facilities as well as a couple of aviaries. T

he track now turns into the Bendigo Bushland Trail and continues alongside the creek as it makes its way out to Epsom. Along the way you will pass by some small farming areas, and large tracts of bushland. The creek is full of bull-rushes and other plant life. Hugging the creek bed on both sides are eucalypts and the peppercorns continue to give shade all along the path. The trail finishes at Epsom. Australia’s oldest working pottery is found here and you may wish to plan a visit while in this locality

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 The ride commences in the tourist information centre car park. Head over the creek bridge into Rosalind Park and turn right heading through the gardens, home to a colony of fruit bats.
  • 0.2 Go to the right next to the signpost where the path divides.
  • 0.3 Leaving the botanical gardens, cross the road heading right and then left down Farmer Lane past the Golden Dragon Museum.
  • 0.5 At the T-intersection turn left and head over the bridge where you turn right back on to the path with the creek on your right.
  • 0.6 You will come to another bridge. Recross the creek and continue along side the creek.
  • 0.8 Cross Joseph St and continue along the creek.
  • 1.0 The path crosses Arnold St.
  • 1.5 This is a major crossing with tram tracks crossing into the Lake Weeroona parkland. If you deviate to right there is a crossing point. Continue on the path on the other side across the bridge.
  • 1.7 Path divides, but it doesn’t matter which one you take.
  • 2.1 Take care crossing Weeroona Ave with Bendigo Rowing Club on right. Continue along the path.
  • 2.7 The path crosses Waratah St; continue along the creek.
  • 3.0 Take the left path over the bridge and turn right with the creek on your right.
  • 3.8 Stay on the path and do not cross bridge on the right. Pass under the peppercorns and cross the bridge ahead of you where you will find a poppet head viewing platform.f
  • 3.9 After the bridge turn right and continue with creek on right going under the road bridge.
  • 4.2 Cross Plumridge St and path continue straight ahead. The fascinating White Hills cemetery is back on your left down Holdsworth St.
  • 5.0 Cross Hamelin St where you will see a playground, which is part of the White Hills Botanic Gardens.
  • 5.6 Once you cross Scott St the ride continues through to the end of the Bushland Trail still following the creek. You might turn right here to ride down to the botanic gardens for a picturesque break.
  • 7.2 The trail ends at the Eaglehawk Epsom Rd next to the Epsom Primary School.
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    49.278 km / 30.62 mi

    Total Distance

    292 m / 957 ft

    Total Ascent

    255 m / 836 ft

    Total Descent

    250 m / 819 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
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 7.2
    Elevation Gain: 59
    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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