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Your guide to Ballarat’s best cycling trails

Visit Ballarat

27 Jan 2021

Filed underSee & Do

Whether you prefer getting off-road and taking in the scenery, or you’re after a challenge and in for the long haul, there’s a smorgasbord of cycling trails awaiting your discovery in the Ballarat region.

Fuel up at one of Ballarat’s many coffee spots and test yourself along the Ballarat to Mount Buninyong Road Loop.

If you’re really up for the challenge, then the four-hour Ballarat-Mount Buninyong-Daylesford-Ballarat Loop is the route for you.

Got the family in tow? No worries! Pack a picnic and check out the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail. You’ll need a hybrid, cyclecross or mountain bike for this off-road adventure which will see you meander through wide open grasslands, eucalypt forests and across historic bridges. Opt for the full 118km trail, or take it easy on the 44km ride to the historic village of Smythesdale and back.

Explore Lake Wendouree on two wheels.

For something a little shorter, why not check out the 18km Ballarat Parkland Ride around the city’s iconic Lake Wendouree and Victoria Park.

Or admire Ballarat most significant historical sites along the 9km Ballarat Heritage Ride.

It’s one of Ballarat’s most popular routes, so whether you’re feeling like taking it easy or looking to challenge your mates, we also highly recommend the One Hour Coffee Ride.


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.