Bendigo and Heathcote Rides
Every corner you turn in Bendigo reveals another living treasure, another vivid reminder of the city’s glorious and golden past. Take the time to discover Bendigo’s natural environment and unique heritage by taking a ride along one of the many cycling trails. One of the most popular ways to explore this beautiful region, which is full of exceptional visitor experiences, is via bike.
Start your journey with these two outstanding rides:
Opened in 1993, the Bendigo Creek Trail takes you past some of Bendigo’s most historic icons and attractions of a 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.
This rail line to link Bendigo and Heathcote was built in 1888 by Andrew O'Keefe, the pioneer who is recognized for his construction of many local railway lines. This line, including 50 bridges, took 21 months to complete, and two derailments in the process. In 1958, trains stopped running.
The first section of the rail trail between Bendigo and Axedale was opened in 1993, and the second stage was constructed and opened in 1999. Finally, the rail trail connecting Bendigo and Heathcote was completed in 2015, with funding from the Victorian Government and the City of Greater Bendigo.
Passionate community group The Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail Inc, continue to be instrumental in the development, care and promotion of the trail for the enjoyment of locals and visitors. Today, the recreational trail which is located on the site of the old railway line, offers all riders (and walkers) a journey of approximately 49 kilometers with scenery and experiences along the way.