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Ballarat Parkland Ride

Ride around two of the city’s most iconic outdoor spaces – Lake Wendouree and Victoria Park – on the Ballarat Parkland Ride.

Admire the glistening waters and natural surrounds and include a pit stop at one of the featured cafes.

Distance: 14.43km
Elevation gain: 184m
Ride type: Road 
Start: Ballarat Train Station

Ballarat Parkland Ride on Strava

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Ballarat Train Station


The Ballarat Parkland Ride starts and finishes at the Ballarat Train Station, a heritage building which epitomizes the success and grandeur of the gold rush period.

The railway station was built over the course of many years, beginning with a bluestone railway shed, goods shed and waiting room built in 1862.

In 1891, a portico, stationmaster’s office and clock tower were added.

Victoria Park


Victoria Park is one of Ballarat’s most outstanding outdoor spaces.

Featuring 130 hectares of active and passive recreation parkland, it has long been popular for all kinds of pursuits, from horse riding and fitness groups to gatherings of the city’s dog obedience clubs.

Victoria Park dates back to early 1890, when more than 700 trees were planted by Ballarat citizens in celebration of Victoria’s first Arbor Day.

These magnificent oaks, elms, planes and cedars stand today in grand avenues and promenades, making a striking statement and a living reminder of the local community’s love of open spaces and nature.

Lake Wendouree


Lake Wendouree is a man-made lake in the heart of Ballarat.

The name “Wendouree” comes from the local aboriginal word “wendaaree”, which means “go away”.

Legend has it that when settler William Cross Yuille asked a local indigenous woman what the name of the swamp was, that was her reply.


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.