Bendigo Creek Trail, Sightseeing Ride
Opened in 1993, the Bendigo Creek Trail takes you past some of Bendigo’s most historic icons and attractions of the golden era. The Bendigo Creek Trail traces its course north-east from Crusoe Reservoir, and provides you the opportunity to visit and experience significant visitor icons all the way to Bendigo Pottery in Epsom. This trail is perfect for the family. You can enjoy Bendigo’s unique heritage, history, and nature scenery.
An undulating trail with well-maintained and mostly paved road.
Easy access from Crusoe Reservoir and Number 7 Park. There is ample parking including disabled and bus parking. Crusoe Reservoir is on the outskirts of Kangaroo Flat, an outer suburb of Bendigo. From High Street/Calder Highway at Kangaroo Flat, just face Melbourne and turn right into Crusoe Road between Centro Lansell Plaza and Kangaroo Flat McDonalds. Follow this around to the reservoir.
There are also numerous access points along this 17km trail as it traverses through residential areas. Other popular access points include next to the Golden Dragon Museum, Lake Weeroona and at the back of the Bendigo Botanic Gardens.
Food and Drink
Picnic facilities are offered along the trail. Plus, you’ll also find numerous food and drink outlets close to the trail.
A recommended start point is from Crusoe Reservoir and Number 7 Park. From here you can ride along Bendigo Creek till you meet Gateway Park on High Street, Kangaroo Flat. This is a municipal park that incorporates a lake, function centre, public toilets, barbeque, and picnic facilities. Head north-east, follow the trail into the suburb of Golden Square. From this point you will need to travel a few local roads (off the trail) and re-access the trail in the Bendigo CBD. If you have time whilst riding this section, a visit to Central Deborah Gold Mine to take a look at the Australia’s deepest underground mine tour is highly recommended.
As you make your way into the CBD, it is recommended you travel along Hargreaves Street, until you meet Mitchell Street. At Mitchell Street you can turn left until you travel past Alexandra Fountain and re-access the trail at Rosiland Park. This beautiful precinct includes the Conservatory Gardens, a lush fernery, the cascades and grotto, sport facilities and a poppet head look-out tower providing panoramic views of Bendigo. The path is well-signed and if you keep the creek in view it should be fairly easy to follow. At times the trail crosses to the opposite side of the river, so take note of all the signs as they’ll let you know how far you have been and where the next landmark is.
From Rosiland Park, you can follow the path as it meanders past the Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo Tennis Complex and Lake Weeroona, where access to the O’Keefe Rail Trail is located.
As you travel beyond Lake Weeroona, as an optional experience you can visit the Bendigo Joss House by turning left at the Long Gully Trail by crossing Weeroona Ave, then carefully turn right into Finn Street. From here you can continue on Finn Street and turn right at Waratah Street to re-join the trail. A further 500m down the trail you may also like to visit the historic White Hills Cemetery, which is slightly off the trail. The trail will then lead you to the Bendigo Botanical Garden, and further on to the Bendigo Pottery Complex. Finally, the end point at Epsom Shopping Center is a good finish location from your journey.
Along the way you will be exposed to different textures of Bendigo’s grand buildings and civic spaces, the vernacular charm of nineteenth century miners’ cottages and domestic streetscapes in the suburbs, the richness and repose of the bush beyond. Many iconic species live in the creek including native fish, amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles.
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