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..
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.
88.451 km / 54.961 mi
617 m / 2,025 ft
812 m / 2,665 ft
601 m / 1,972 ft