Ballarat

Pictures are of Town Hall, Sturt Street and Railway Station. Pictures used with permission of Travel Victoria. www.travelvictoria.com.au

Ballarat is located 110 kilometres to the west of Melbourne. Ballarat was built on the back of the Victorian gold rush and still retains to this day a large amount of the exquisite architecture built during this period as well as having a large number of other tourist attractions such as Sovereign Hill, Lake Wendouree and the Eureka Stockade museum for starters.

Mountain biking is located all around Ballarat with Black Hill providing the DH experience and a number of other trails in the area for the XC rider. The epic Goldfields Track runs through Ballarat and heads northwards all of the way to Bendigo. This provides a good opportunity for a day or multi day ride.

Trail Links
Black Hill Trails The Black Hill Trails are located off the summit of Black Hill and are oriented towards downhill racing.
Canadian Forest Haven't ridden these trails but here's a link that might be worth checking out.
Canadian Forest Canadian Forest is a regional park established by the government in 2014. This is an outline of the parks uses and provides a layout of the park area.
Wallaby Trail This trail forms part of the Goldfields Trail and runs from Ballarat through to Daylesford.
Great Dividing Trail Website for the Great Dividing Trail which forms the basis for the Goldfields Track from Buninyong through to Bendigo and from Daylesford back down to Bacchus Marsh.
Goldfields Track Website for the Goldfields Track which runs from Buninyong to Bendigo - click here for the Wallaby Track section which covers the section north and south of Ballarat.
Goldfields Track There's a pretty good run down on a 4 day trip here for the Goldifields Track with pictures and description of the trails from Tassie Rambler.
Ballarat - Skipton Rail Trail The Ballarat - Skipton Rail Trail follows the old rail line and has a steady gradient of less than 2% so is quite suitable for family rides. Surface is good quality gravel.
Ballarat Mountain Bike Club Facebook page for Ballarat MTB Club.
Maps and Directions To Get There
Black Hill Click on link for map showing how to get there.
Wallaby Trail Section C Click on link for map showing how to get there.
Wallaby Trail Section E Click on link for map showing how to get there.
Tourist Information

Ballarat is a large vibrant inland city and is well served in respect to shops, eating options and accommodation. Local area information can be obtained at the Visit Ballarat web page. This web page has good information on the area and details options for accommodation and other holiday oriented activities in the area.

Ballarat Visitor Information Centre
43 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
Phone: (03) 5324 2888
Free call: 1800 446 633
visitballarat@brt.org.au