Ballan

Pictures of the town entry, main street and cafe. Pictures by Ballan Farmers Market. www.ballanfarmersmarket.com

Ballan is located 80 kms west of Melbourne and is one of the towns bypassed by the Western Freeway when it was constructed leaving a nice quiet town with good facilities.

The state forest to the south west of town has a lot of fire trails through it but it also has a large number of motor cycle trails through the bush. Unlike the moto trails in the Lerderderg / Wombat Forest area, these are relatively flat and so they don't getted ripped up as much making for good riding trails. There are only a few motor cyclists in the area and you can hear them coming a mile off so there are no issues in riding out there. Having said that, there are a variety of trails that do get pretty ripped up and weathered so you get a good variety of trails.

Danny Halstead notified me of this little gem and we have been exploring this area on a few occasions. He estimates there is about 70 kms of trails in this forest and that is quite believeable as we regularly clock up 20 km rides in the area. Danny has documented a lot of the trails as segments on Strava. Click on the trail overview link below to get a map of the area. Further trails have been discovered since the map was developed.

Down to the south of Ballan are the Brisbane Ranges. This is largely fire trail riding but provides some great downhill runs lung busting climbs as well as a lot of flat riding at the top and base of the escarpment. Some of the fire trails are quite overgrown as well so are tending towards single track in places.

Trail Links
Ballan State Forest Trail Overview A montage of trails located in the area particularly to the north and west of the parking area at the old camp.
Brisbane Ranges Trail Overview The Brisbane Ranges has a number of fire trails and smaller trails providing a good ride in amongst varied forest and farmalnd including grass trees.
Maps and Directions To Get There
Ballan State Forest- North Side Click on link for map showing how to get there.
Ballan State Forest - South Side Click on link for map showing how to get there
Brisbane Ranges Click on link for map showing how to get there
Tourist Information

Ballan is a small town but is well served in respect to shops, eating options and accommodation . Local area information can be obtained at the Moorabool web page. This web page has good information on the area.

Nearest information centre is Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre
215 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh
Phone: (03) 5367 7488
info@moorabool.com.au