Biking in Bendigo
There are some great bike trails and four self-guided winery cycle tours ranging in length from 21 to 50 km (13 to 31 miles). The Mandurang Valley Wine Trail is the shortest and leads to the Chateau Dore Winery and Lynnevale Estate. You can also cycle along the O'Keefe Rail Trail and the Bendigo Bushland Trail; maps and brochures are available at the visitor center.
Moroni's Bikes. This long-established company rents out bikes and also invites cyclists to join in its twice-weekly social road rides. The rides depart every Tuesday and Thursday morning from Golden Square Park at 9 am. They range from 50–60 km (31–37 miles) for fitter folk, with shorter routes for those who want to take it easier. Contact the store for details of other weekly rides for more experienced cyclists. 104 Mitchell St., Bendigo, Bendigo, VIC, 3500. 03/5443–9644. www.moronisbikes.com.au. Free. Mon.–Fri. 9–5:30; Sat. 9–5; Sun. 10:30–4.
Hiking and Walking
There are many excellent self-guided walks around Bendigo, and trails interconnect with the popular biking trails. You can do your own themed walk following in the gold-rush trail or admiring the city's grand old buildings. Popular bushland walks include One Tree Hill, Wildflower Drive, and the Old Tom Mine Walk in the Greater Bendigo National Park. The visitor center on Pall Mall has maps and brochures, as does its website.
Ironbark Riding Centre. Stroll or canter through the beautiful Ironstone Reserve and the Whipstick section of the Greater Bendigo National Park, only a few minutes from Bendigo, on trail rides from half an hour to a full day. Owner Phillip Gahan also gives riding lessons. 189 Watson St., Bendigo, VIC, 3550. 03/5436–1565. www.bwc.com.au/ironbark. Rides from A$30 (half hour). Daily.
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