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There are two fascinating biking and walking trails in and around Ballarat. The 55-km (34-mile) Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail showcases the historic Gold Country. The trail cuts through open paddocks, eucalypt forests, native grasslands, and bush alive with native birds and wildflowers, and passes the former Chinese settlement at Nintingbool.
The Yarrowee River Trail is a 17-km (10-mile) walking and biking trail that passes through bird-rich reserves, gold mining heritage sites, and wetlands as well as the city center. It connects with other trails along the four tributaries of the Yarrowee River. It passes through. Maps and information are available at the visitor center.
Bicycle Centre Ballarat. This company rents out sturdy hybrid bikes, for A$35 a day or A$120 for five days. 24 Armstrong St., Ballarat, VIC, 3350. 03/5334–4388. www.bicyclecentreballarat.com.au.