See & Do
Thanks 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 cyclocross, the city has an experience to suit all capabilities.
Immerse yourself in the serenity of Australia’s native flora and fauna at the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail. Leave behind the stresses of your day as you meander through the wide open grasslands, eucalypt forests, historic bridges and quaint 19th century villages.
Ride along two of Ballarat’s most iconic outdoor spaces – Lake Wendouree and Victoria Park. Admire the glistening waters and natural surrounds and include a coffee pit-stop (or more) at one of the featured cafes. The total ride length including both parks and back again is around 18km – perfect for a Sunday afternoon!
Admire some of Ballarat’s most significant historical sites and heritage buildings. Delight in the charming streetscapes and buildings with their iconic facades, and soak up a city that is built on gold. The entire ride is approximately 9km in length.
Bike hire, repairs, tours and accommodation – here’s all you need to know for a comfortable and satisfying getaway in Ballarat.
|Shop||Hiring details||Contact details|
|Navajo Avanti Plus Ballarat||$25 per day includes helmet and lock. Usually does not require pre-booking.||430 Sturt St |
(03) 5331 3185
|Bicycle Centre Ballarat||Mountain bike and cruisers available. Hire includes helmet, lock, spare tube and pump. Bookings required.||112 Lydiard St Nth (03) 5334 4388|
|Cyclescape||Cruiser and road bikes available. Inquiries in store. Hire can include helmet and lock.||111 Sturt St|
(03) 5333 2211 http://cyclescape.com.au
|Shaw’s Cycling Centre||E-bikes and manual bikes available. Hire includes helmet and lock.||614 Skipton St|
(03) 5335 6151 http://www.shawscycling.com.au
|Gove Cycles and Bike Rack Café||No hire available. Repairs undertaken.||524 Doveton St Nth (03) 5333 7111|
|Cycle City Ballarat||No hire available. Repairs undertaken.||311 Mair St|
(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.||88 Sussex St, Linton|
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.||13 Wethling Lane, Smythesdale|
|Goldfields Track Cycling Tour||Hosted by AllTrails Tours, this route takes you from Buninyong to Bendigo.||(03) 9802 4465|
|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.||0418 303 065|
|Sovereign Park Motor Inn||The only operator to feature a bicycle concierge service, Sovereign Park has been featured on Bike Exchange as a cycle-friendly accommodation provider.||223 Main Rd|
(03) 5331 3955
|The Provincial Hotel||The hotel has two bikes available for guest hire. Hire includes a bike lock plus ride suggestions around Ballarat.||121 Lydiard St Nth|
(03) 5331 3399
|Galwiji Homestead (Scotsburn)||With five bikes available, guests are able to cycle around 400 acres of cleared paddocks and sugar gum forests during their homestead stay.||0424 750 555 |
|Faraday on Avoca (Pyrenees)||Featuring secure storage, guests are welcome to bring their bikes and cycle around the region’s wineries or state parks.||6 Faraday St, Avoca|
0408 414 660
|RACV Goldfields (Creswick)||Secure bike storage hub and bikes available for hire for guests||1500 Midland Hwy, Creswick|
(03) 5345 9600
|Linton Retreat BnB||Guided night rides on the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail available for guests.||http://lintonretreat.com|
|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.||https://www.roadnationals.org.au/|
|Fiona Elsey Ballarat Cycle Classic||February’s annual 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.||http://cycleevents.com/ballaratcycleclassic|