Ballarat - Maryborough Heritage Trail

Australia, Victoria, Central Goldfields,  Ballarat - Maryborough Heritage Trail

Immerse yourself in the heritage and beauty of Victoria’s central goldfields. The trail offers a mix of forest and farming tracks with stops at charming historic townships.


You can access from Ballarat Railway Station, where the trail starts, and head onto Mair Street..

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You can see this 91-kilometre trail has four sections:

1. Ballarat – Creswick, 24kms

First section follows the Yarrowee River trail before settling into the quiet isolation of eucalypt forests. Watch as these tall straight trees change to gnarled and twisted where the track dips in and out of gullies. The first section ends in the historic forestry town of Creswick.

2. Creswick – Clunes, 24kms

Much of this section is filled with reminders of the past. Historic pastoral holdings, grand homesteads and vineyards line the quiet lanes as you meander the undulating terrain. It finishes in the gold heritage township of Clunes – made famous by movies such as Ned Kelly.

3. Clunes – Talbot, 25kms

The ride starts with sweeping vistas across to the volcanic mound of Mt. Beckworth. Aged eucalypts line the quiet lanes before you disappear into scrubby bushland, darting the occasional wallaby as you peddle into the tiny hamlet of Talbot.

4. Talbot – Maryborough, 18kms

Your last section begins with a gentle ride through open grazing land, where you’ll spy dry stone walling and an old bluestone ford scarred with deep ruts from the passing of countless wagon wheels. Then it’s into Box-ironbark forest all the way to the magnificent heritage of Maryborough.

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88.451 km / 54.961 mi

Total Distance

617 m / 2,025 ft

Total Ascent

812 m / 2,665 ft

Total Descent

601 m / 1,972 ft

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Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
Ride Duration: Full day
Fitness Level: High
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: 91.0
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Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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