Harcourt (La Larr Ba Gauwa Park)

Pictures are of Main Street, Mt Alexander and historic aqueduct. Pictures by bancoora.com

Harcourt is located 140 kilometres to the north west of Melbourne. In terms of mountain biking, Harcourt has been the poor cousin to Castlemaine with the only main trail being the Goldfields Trail. This has now changed with the building of La Larr Ba Gauwa Park at the base of Mount Alexander and the trails are superb and there is plenty on offer for advanced riders but intermediate riders will have no issues getting around either.

The mountain bike park has a central trail head with a beginners loop heading out to the north which connects to trails heading up to the northern trail hub. There are also trails heading down to the southern trail hub from the central trail head. The beginners loop is a great little loop in that the builders have made it relatively easy to ride but its far from flat with little ups and downs all over the loop. There were stacks of kids with mums and dads cruising around the loop when I was up there.

The blue trails heading out to and from the trail hubs are quite varied with some having grinding climbs and technical return runs with others being quite flowy. There are a few black runs as well for the more advanced rider. The runs are extremely similar to the You Yangs with the granite outcrops and that pea gravel type soil. Grab the trail map from the link below - it's excellent.

The Harcourt mountain bike park offers up 34 kilometres of dedicated trails up to black diamond level.

There is no parking for MTB riders at the park and people are requested to park in town and ride the dedicated path out along Market Street and Picnic Gully Road to reach the trailhead. The parking areas are well signposted as you come into town.

Trail Links
La Larr Ba Gauwa Park Information for this trail on the DELWP website.
Goldfields Track Cafe Local cafe website. Located opposite the BP service station this is a great little cafe. Good food, coffee and service. Great for a before or after ride feed.
Trail Map Trail map for MTB park along with further information.
Interactive Trail Map App for Vic State Forests
Maps and Directions To Get There
Harcourt Click on link for map showing how to get there.
Tourist Information

Local area information can be obtained at the Harcourt webpage. This webpage has good information on the area and details options for accommodation and other holiday oriented activities in the area.

Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre (Historic Market Building)
44 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine
Phone: (03) 5471 1795
Free call: 1800 171 888