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.
This ride is along a sealed, shared walking/bike path.
There are a number of roads to cross over along the ride, but with care this should not present a problem.
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.
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.
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
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