Kyneton Lauriston Reservoir Circuit

Cycle Victoria, Sightseeing Rail Trail Ride, Kyneton Lauriston Reservoir Circuit

Kyneton is very much the centre of Victoria and seems to be not too far from anywhere. This country ride is accessible by rail; in fact it starts at the railway station. The undemanding route takes you straight out into the countryside, with plenty of historic architecture, country roads with pretty vistas and a quiet reservoir reserve to relax in. Back in Kyneton there is a lot to see with plenty of shops and cafes to reward your effort.

Terrain

Surfaced roads over hilly country side. Near the reservoir the roads are narrow but there is little traffic. The Kyneton Main Road has no shoulder in some sections and it is advised that you ride single file.

Traffic

Most of the route is on quiet country roads. However the Kyneton Main Road takes traffic off the Calder Freeway and can be busy. The traffic in Kyneton is typically busy so care should be taken with motorists parking and opening doors.

Access

Kyneton is 87 kilometres north west of Melbourne off the Calder Freeway onto the Kyneton Main Road. The ride leaves from the railway station (VicRoads Map: 632 C7) which is about one kilometre left from the intersection of Keyneton Main and the KynetonTrentham (Mollison) roads. There are regular daily V/ Line trains to Kyneton from Southern Cross Station.

Food and Drink

There are numerous cafes and shops in Kyneton, including a cafe at the station. You’ll find picnic facilities and toilets at Lauriston Reservoir but no cafe. On the return journey from the reservoir there is a service station shop when you reach the Kyneton Main Road intersection and as you re-enter Kyneton there is a good variety of eateries along the street.

Side Trip

You can take a short detour to the pretty little hamlet of Lauriston at the turn on to Lauriston Road after leaving the reservoir

 

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As with many central Victorian towns, Kyneton has its historic roots in the Gold Rush. It was a supply centre to the goldfields, which is not hard to imagine when you see the significant number of restored buildings of the era scattered about the town. The ride leaves from the impressive bluestone railway station built in the 1860s and heads straight out of town beside the railway line. It’s only a few kilometres before you will see an arm of the reservoir coming into view and the entrance is not far beyond here.

It is a popular fishing spot for trout and redfin. The best place to sit and relax is near the dam wall and although you can’t walk out on it, there’s still an impressive sight from the side. The return journey from the reservoir takes you on a different route back to Kyneton. You pass close by Lauriston where you might wish to take a detour. Once you come back onto Kyneton Main Road you will find some interesting attractions as you head back into town.

Firstly there is the bicentennial Golden Mile planting of thousands of daffodils beside the road, making early September a great time to do this ride. The Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival is held during this time to coincide with the flowering. Crossing over the Campaspe River, named by the explorer Thomas Mitchell after one of Alexander the Great’s courtesans, there is Quarry Reserve on the right, which has beautiful grounds with a sculpture park.

There is a path along the river that will take you to the Botanical Gardens close to the railway station. Coming back into town up Piper Street you will find many of Kyneton’s cafes, antique shops and historic buildings. Out the other side of the CBD toward the railway station, the ride again crosses the Campaspe with the Botanical Gardens on your right. Planted in 1856, the gardens contain 17 heritage-listed trees and are well worth a visit before you end your ride.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 The ride starts in the car park of the Kyneton Railway Station, approximately one kilometre from Kyneton. Leaving the station turn right onto Mollison Rd and after crossing over the railway line turn immediately right onto Lauriston Reservoir Rd. You can also use the pedestrian crossing to cross over the railway lines, which will save you crossing the road twice. Take care crossing Harpers and Greenway lanes.
  • 1.5 Continue straight ahead as you cross Rogers Rd.
  • 2.7 Cross over Harts Ln.
  • 4.3 Continue over South Sebastopol Rd.
  • 5.9 Turn left riding toward the Lauriston Reservoir.
  • 6.3 You are entering the reservoir reserve. There are a number of places to stop but the views from the western side across to the dam wall are the nicest. The facilities here are also good.
  • 7.9 After leaving the reserve turn left onto Keegan Rd following the signs to Lauriston and Malmsbury.
  • 9.6 Turn right onto Lauriston Rd. If you wish you can take a short detour to Lauriston.
  • 11.7 Take care as you cross the railway line as it is followed by a sharp turn in the road.
  • 12.2 Turn right onto the Kyneton Main Rd (Burton Ave). There is a nice picnic area across the road to the left and a service station with a shop. This section contains the Golden Mile.
  • 14.2 Cross over the Campaspe River as you come into Kyneton. There is a nice looking park on the right called Quarry Reserve with picnic facilities beside the river.
  • 15.4 At the T-intersection you should turn right into Mollison St.
  • 15.9 At the traffic lights continue ahead.
  • 16.9 Turn right into the railway station car park and the end of the ride.
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    16.963 km / 10.54 mi

    Total Distance

    74 m / 244 ft

    Total Ascent

    74 m / 242 ft

    Total Descent

    527 m / 1,731 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: Limited
    Estimated Distance: 16.9
    Elevation Gain: 82
    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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