Castlemaine to Maldon Trail

Mount Alexander Shire, Castlemaine to Maldon Trail, Mountain Bike

The Castlemaine to Maldon Trail starts in Castlemaine and runs parallel to the Victorian Goldfields Tourist Train line to Maldon via Muckleford and is approximately 18km long. This trail was constructed in 2016 and early 2017. It has been officially opened at a community celebration in Muckleford. The trail was funded under the State Government’s Local Infrastructure Fund.


Undulating road with coarse gravel surface. Some parts of the surface are quite rough, but definitely rideable with a mountain bike or bike with wide tires. Most of the trail is parallel to the railway line, with a few deviations to avoid deep gullies.


The main entry points are on Langslow Street in Castlemaine and near the Beehive Mine on Reef Street in Maldon. About six kilometres of the trail, on either side of Muckleford Station, is vehicle free.

Food and Drink

Water is not available on the trail, so it is better to fill your bottle before the ride. Food and drink are available in the two towns.

More details

The Castlemaine to Maldon Trail allows walkers and cyclists to enjoy stunning natural surroundings as they travel alongside the historic Victorian Goldfields Railway. The trail connects two large towns and it is such a wonderful addition to the cycling network. The towns at both ends are very attractive, and significant for their historical interest. It provides an interesting path for both locals and visitors, offers everyone the chance to see the countryside from a new perspective. Note that the only toilet, at Muckleford, is locked except when the train is in the station.

Rail Trail Riding

The trail links new paths with upgraded maintenance and access tracks. There is a feature boardwalk to the north of the Muckleford Railway Station, along with an accessible crossing over Muckleford Creek.

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16.037 km / 9.965 mi

Total Distance

161 m / 529 ft

Total Ascent

75 m / 245 ft

Total Descent

362 m / 1,187 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Average
Mobile Coverage: Poor
Estimated Distance: 16.0
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Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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