Cycle Ballarat

Find inspiration and recommendations for your Ballarat cycle adventure.

Home to the annual Cycling Australia Road National Championships, Ballarat is fast becoming known as the home of cycling in Australia. Boasting an array of tracks for road and race cycling, mountain biking and cyclecross, the city has an experience to suit all levels of capability.

Ride to the pinnacle of Mount Buninyong, meander through the dirt tracks and forests of the Goldfields Track, take a leisurely ride around Lake Wendouree, or admire the historic streetscapes on your very own city cycle.


Bicycle hire, repairs, tours and accommodation – we give you a list of all you need to know for a comfortable and satisfying Cycle Ballarat experience.

For cycling hire & repairs

ShopHiring detailsContact details
Navajo Avanti Plus Ballarat$25 pr day inc helmet and lock. Usually does not require pre-booking.430 Sturt St, (03) 5331 3185,
Bicycle Centre BallaratMountain Bike and Cruisers available - Hire includes helmet, lock, spare tube, pump. Bookings required.112 Lydiard St N (03) 5334 4388,
CyclescapeCruiser Style and Road Bikes available. Enquiries in store. Hire can include helmet and lock.111 Sturt St (03) 5333 2211,
ShawAs of Feb 1, 2019 E-bikes and Manual bikes will be available. Hire will include helmet and lock.614 Skipton St (03) 5335 6151,
Gove Cycles and Bike Rack CaféNo hire available. Repairs undertaken.524 Doveton St Nth, Soldiers Hill, (03) 5333 7111
Cycle City BallaratNo hire available. Repairs undertaken.311 Mair St, Ballarat, (03) 5332 7930
Wares Plants and Things Café (Linton)Mountain bikes available for hire. Great for use on the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail, bike hire starts from $10 for a half day and includes a helmet. The cafe also has a tag along and cycle trailer available for hire. Bookings required.Kylie - (03) 5318 3195
Woolmunda Park Cottages (Smythesdale) E-Bikes available for hire to undertake the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail. Bookings are essential and you do not have to be a guest of the cottages

For cycling tours

Explore the wonders of Ballarat and surrounds as you venture on one of these thrilling cycle tours.

Goldfields Track Cycling Tour Hosted by AllTrails Tours, this particular route takes you from Buninyong to Bendigo, commencing in April 2019.
Goldfields Bike Tours Small-group guided tours (between four and 15 people) featuring cycle routes across Ballarat and the Pyrenees Wine Region. Range of bikes and e-bikes available for hire.
The Provincial Hotel The hotel has two bikes available for guest hire. Hire includes a bike lock plus ride suggestions around Ballarat.
Linton Retreat BnBGuided night rides on the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail available for guests

For cycle-friendly accommodation

Accommodation DetailsWebsite
Sovereign Park Motor InnThe only operator to feature a bicycle concierge service, Sovereign Park has been featured on Bike Exchange as a cycle-friendly accommodation provider.
Galwiji Homestead With five bikes available, guests are able to cycle around 400 acres of cleared paddocks and sugar gum forests during their homestead stay.
Faraday on Avoca (Pyrenees)Featuring secure storage, guests are welcome to bring their bikes and cycle around the region’s wineries or state parks.
RACV Goldfields Secure bike storage hub and bikes available for hire for guests
Linton Retreat BnB Guided night rides on the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail available for guests

Cycling events

Cycling Australia Road National Championships Ballarat is home to the Cycling Australia Road Nationals Championships. Taking place in January every year, the event attracts Australia’s most elite cyclists for a series of action-packed and crowd-friendly criterium races.
Fiona Elsey Ballarat Cycle ClassicThe Ballarat Cycle Classic provides all cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to take part in an iconic community event. There is an event for all fitness levels and cycling abilities, with a 50km, 60km, 85km and 100km course, all of which take-in varying degrees of the RoadNats course including the infamous climbs surrounding Mount Buninyong.