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Where will this walking trail lead you? To a river, a reserve or maybe a regional park?

Lake Wendouree


Lake Wendouree

Start and finish: Anywhere along the 6km Steve Moneghetti track that runs around the perimeter of Lake Wendouree.
Distance: 6km.
Terrain: Flat gravel walking path.
Estimated duration: 1 hour.
What to expect: This walk can be done in parts and can start and finish most places along the track. Along your walk, admire wetland birds, grand homes, historic monuments, boathouses, and the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Drinking fountains, playgrounds and seating are dotted around the lake.

Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail

Start: The trail is signposted from Wendouree Station. You can also start next to the rail crossing on Ring Rd.
Distance: 53km (Ballarat to Smythesdale 20km)
Terrain: Fine gravel, hilly.
What to expect: The 53km Ballarat–Skipton Rail Trail runs along the former railway to Skipton, from western Ballarat, Haddon, Smythesdale and Pittong to Skipton.
Upgraded in 2008, this trail goes through native grasslands, historical gold mining sites and over an impressive trestle bridge near Newtown is open for trail users.
History boards with trail information are sited at various points along the trail.

Yarrowee River Trail

Start and finish: Corner of Bridge St (Mt Clear/Sebastopol Rd) and Albert St, Sebastopol.
Distance: 4.8km.
Terrain: Relatively even gravel paths, steep up and down hill paved footpath, flat paved footpath, two major road crossings.
Estimated duration: 50–60 minutes.
What to expect: Starting the corner of Bridge and Albert Sts, walk along the right-hand side of Bridge St on the footpath down a hill to the entrance of the Yarrowee Trail (alongside a large dam/reservoir).
Follow the trail to the end (1.8km). Turn right and walk up the hill on Docwra St.
At Albert St, cross the road and walk on the footpath with the traffic, north along Albert St along for 1.7km, returning to Bridge St. Seating is available regularly along Yarrowee Trail and Albert St (bus stops).

Woowookarung Regional Park

Woowookarung Regional Park
Dogs permitted on lead

Ballarat’s new 641-hectare regional park adjoins the suburbs of Ballarat East, Canadian and Mount Clear.
It can be accessed from many roads including York St in Ballarat East and Recreation Road in Mount Clear.
Bushwalking, trail running, cycling, dog walking and horse riding currently occur on an informal network of former state forest and plantation tracks.

Dementia Friendly Forest and Sensory Trail
Distance: 2km return.
What to expect: Australia’s first Dementia-friendly Forest and Sensory Trail. Easy pathways to allow wheelchairs and carers, assistance dogs, and groups for the first section.
An opportunity for people living with dementia to enjoy being in nature. Forest Trek is for those more physically able and has some challenges to support healthy activity.
The gentle walk features sensory aspects and quiet places for reflection. These features have been chosen to evoke positive memories, feelings and sensations.

Grass Tree Nature Trail
Distance: 3.6km return.
What to expect: Medium grade. Grass trees, wildflowers and lookout with interpretive signage.

Fern Loop and Cherry Ballarat Loop
Distance: 4.3km return.
What to expect: Medium grade. Deep gullies, wildflowers and tree ferns


The Walks around Buninyong website provides full descriptions of a wide range of interesting walks for all levels of fitness.
Each walk is supported by a clear and detailed customised map, points of interest, an indication of distance, the time required, difficulty levels, and co-ordinates for the start and finish points.

Creswick Regional Park


Creswick Regional Park
Dogs permitted on lead

Centrally located between Ballarat and Daylesford, Creswick Regional Park is home to a variety of native wildlife and colourful spring wildflowers.
Explore the ancient hills, discover relics from the gold mining era, or enjoy the peaceful surroundings of tranquil St Georges Lake.

St Georges Lake
Distance: 1.8km.
Estimated duration: 40 minute circuit.
What to expect: Moderate trail around the lake. Forested walk with views of the lake.

La Gerche Circuit Walk
Distance: 2km.
Estimated duration: 1 hour circuit.
What to expect: Easy walk and a great family walk. Guided walk with interpretive signage.

Mount Buangor State Park


Mount Buangor State Park
Dogs and pets not permitted

Waterfalls Nature Walk
Distance: 1km.
Estimated duration: 45 minutes return.
What to expect: Easy walk with a step section to Ferntree Waterfall.

Two Mile Circuit Walk
Distance: 2-3km walk.
Estimated duration: 1 hour return.
What to expect: Can start from Bailes or Ferntree visitor sites – easy walk. Tree fern-lined banks and tall forest.

Middle Creek Walk
Distance: 6km walk
Estimated duration: 2 hours return.
What to expect: Easy walk beginning from either Middle Creek or Ferntree visitor areas.

Jenny Clayton Circuit
Distance: 8.5km.
Estimated duration: 2-3 hours return.
What to expect: Easy walk with a few steep sections. Passes through forest communities and rocky outcrops with views.

Werribee Gorge State Park


Werribee Gorge State Park
Dogs not permitted

Short Circuit Walk
Distance: 5km circuit.
Estimated duration: 2 hours.
What to expect: Grade three walk (moderate).
Walking on uneven ground with many steps, some rock hopping and steep hill sections involved.
Open rocky woodlands with a half-way opt out at Meikles Picnic Area.

Werribee Gorge Circuit Walk
Distance: 10km circuit.
Estimated duration: 5 hours.
What to expect: Grade three walk (moderate).
Walking on uneven ground with many steps, some rock hopping and steep hill sections.
Excellent views along the gorge rim.
An exciting 50-metre section of cable handrail is provided to assist walkers on high angle rock above the river.

Ironbark Gorge Walk to Falcons Lookout
Distance: 3km.
Estimated duration: 2 hours return.
What to expect: Grade three walk (moderate).
Walking on uneven ground with steps, rock hopping and
steep hill sections.
Panoramic views of the gorge and beyond.

Lederderg State Park
Dogs not permitted

Mackenzies Flat to Grahams Dam
Distance: 3km.
Estimated duration: 1 hour return.
What to expect: Grade three walk, with three river crossings.
Parks Victoria does not recommend swimming in streams due to hidden debris, deep cold water and slippery rocks.
A lovely walk beside the river upstream from Mackenzies Flat Picnic to Grahams Dam.

Blackwood Mineral Springs to Shaws Lake to Sweets Lookout
Distance: 3.5km.
Estimated duration: 2 hours return.
What to expect: An easy walk which starts near the caravan camping area and passes historical features typical of the Blackwood area.

Overnight walks

Goldfields Track
Distance: 210km one way.
What to expect: The Goldfields Track stretches along the Great Dividing Range between Bendigo, Ballarat and Buninyong.
The four-hour walk from Creswick to Ballarat follows the same path miners walked a century ago.
This track takes mountain bikers and bushwalkers through some of central Victoria’s beautiful forests and landscapes.
Many overnight opportunities along the way.

Beeripmo Walk
Distance: 24km.
Estimated duration: 12 hours return.
What to expect: This strenuous overnight walk passes between Mt Cole State Forest and the Mount Buangor State Park.
An overnight walking experience for fit and experienced walkers.

More walks

Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.