Castlemaine, Maldon & Surrounds Rides
The Mount Alexander Shire offers a fantastic range of both on road and off-road cycling - with a mix of terrain to suit every rider. With quality accommodation and excellent food and wine offerings, set amongst a rich historic backdrop, the region is a rewarding destination for memorable cycling experiences.
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.
Loop ride from Castlemaine through the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, bushland and farmland, before linking up to the trail following the Victorian Goldfields Railway line. This is a 30.55 km route with a total ascent of 385.77 m and a maximum elevation of 436.34 m.
Key points of interest include Garfield Water wheel and other highlights of the gold rush era, indigenous scar trees, forest and rolling farmland, townships and the Victorian Goldfields Railway.
Start and finish in the thriving township of Castlemaine, with a wide offering of cafes, bars, boutique shopping and more.
The Goldfields Track is an established trail that leads visitors through central Victoria's hidden treasures from deep gorges and fern-lined rivers, to the artefacts and cultural heritage of the greatest gold rush the world has ever seen.
A 210km shared use bushwalking and mountain bike trail follows the top of the Great Dividing Range from Mt Buninyong just out of Ballarat to Bendigo, allowing bushwalkers and mountain bikers time to savor central Victoria’s unique combination of gold rush heritage and natural beauty.
Linking the great goldfields cities of Ballarat and Bendigo, the Goldfields Track is a one of kind. Originally created by a community-owned organization, the Great Dividing Trail Association (GDTA), the Goldfields Track links the old gold rush towns at the heart of Victoria, as well as the forests, hills and lakes, straddling the Great Dividing Range.