Cycling on two wheels in Ballarat is an activity not to miss for foodies, for families, for lovers, for those on a budget or for those after the scenic and leisurely ride- believe us, this is a must do activity!!
We have selected five amazing cycling tours for you to try and thank us for later. Keep in mind the temperature when selecting these tours, always wear sunscreen, comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes to maximize your enjoyment on the journeys. The ideal time to enjoy some sunny rays in Ballarat is in the summer months of Melbourne between December through to March.
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Now the moment you’ve been waiting for, here’s the top 5 list!
- Cycling for Foodies
Pack your overnight backpack with suitable clothing for all weather conditions – you’re in Regional Melbourne after all! This two day trip will take you along the Ballarat to Buninyong Loop where you will get to experience The Bean Barn, The Ballarat Fresh Produce Market, Buninyong Farmers market, Wendouree lakeside lunch, Sweet Decadence and Sinclair of Scotsburn Winery… Bring your appetite with you, this is sure to impress all food lovers.
- Cycling for Families
What better way to bond and share new experiences with your loved ones, this two day bike tour will take you through the ins and outs of Ballarat’s city centre. Some highlights you will see on this mini adventure is Sovereign Hill, Blood on the Southern Cross, Ballarat’s Wildlife Park, the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Funbugs Playhouse and Surt Street’s much loved Cold Rock Ice Creamery.
- Cycling for Romance
For lovers, this ride is just the perfect thing to reconnect and let those sparks fly! In this romantic overnight stay in and around Ballarat, you will experience a Picnic lunch at Lake Wendouree, you will ride around the trail that circles the lake, indulge at the Yummy Cakes and Patisserie, unwind at the Elysium Day Spa and finally enjoy Ballarat’s leading restaurant, the Europa Café.
- Budget Cycling Trips
For those wanting to experience Ballarat on bike but don’t want to spend a fortune, we’ve taken care of that. This two day bike ride is full of free and affordable attractions and food outlets. Prepare to ride on the Ballarat Heritage Track, eat at Harry’s Limes restaurant, experience the Botanical Gardens and ride through the Yarrowee River Trail. Don’t forget your backpack!!
- Scenic Bike Rides
Apart from the routes available on this list, we also have several scenic bike rides for those wanting something a little different.
Available rides include:
- Ballarat to Skipton Rail Trail:
This is a scenic ride and one of the longer off road ones available at Ballarat, be prepared to be blown away while you ride through the magnificent countryside of regional Victoria.
- Ballarat Heritage Ride:
This 9km ride will take you through the city’s stand out historical sites and landmarks.
- Ballarat Parklands Ride:
This ride will take you through Victoria Park and Lake Wendouree.
- Yarrowee River Trail:
The Trail runs alongside the Yarrowee River between the Gong Gong Reservoir Park and the Hamlet of Magpie.
- Ballarat to Buninyong Loop:
This off-road loop will see you through scenic roads between Ballarat and Buninyong.
- Ballarat to Creswick Loop:
Ride through rural and forested areas passing through points of interest in and around Ballarat.
Have a pleasant stay and ride in Ballarat, enjoy soaking up the heritage, culture and raw beauty that is Ballarat!
This article was provided by Visit Ballarat as part of their regional tourism promotions. Ballarat city is located in the Victorian Goldfields region just outside of Melbourne, Australia.