Resources for Spa Country Explorer Trails

Mountain bikers

Download Mountain bike facilities in Hepburn Shire or pick up a copy at the Visitor Information Centre.

Trail conditions & precautions

Goldfields Track www.goldfieldstrack.com.au and gdt.org.au

Lerderderg Track gdt.org.au

Hepburn Regional Park (Wombat Station map) parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/hepburn-r.p

On your mobile

CFA FireReady logo

FireReady mobile app for the fire season  www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/fireready-app

Emergency+ logo

Federal govt Emergency+ app emergencyapp.triplezero.gov.au

IMBA trail rating

The International Mountain Bicycling Assn (IMBA) has developed a trail rating system used in many countries. While more suited to bike park trails than to long trails, it is still a useful guide to what you can expect. IMBA ratings tables

Other Spa Country trails to explore

Nearby

Goldfields Track / Great Dividing Trails (GDT)

Information and basic maps are online at www.goldfieldstrack.com.au. A more detailed set of 3 folding maps also cover the Goldfields Track And the most comprehensive and thoroughly interesting guide to the Goldfields Track, is ‘Goldfields Track walking guide’ by Gib Wettenhall. Buy these maps and book online at www.gdt.org.au or from the Daylesford Visitor Information Centre.

The Goldfields Track’s Wallaby Track segment runs through the Spa Country Explorer‘s Wombat Station map area to Creswick, Ballarat and Buninyong. A good riding day trip entirely in forest and with some great single track, is the 27km from Daylesford to Mollongghip, the latter being 8km beyond Wombat Station.

In the northerly direction, Goldfields Track’s popular Dry Diggings Track segment heads towards Castlemaine. Riders are initially faced with the boring Daylesford-Hepburn road so instead take one of four routes from the free Daylesford – Hepburn village link trails map under Local Free Trail Maps menu item. If short of time, the Goldfield Track’s best riding is had from just past location 14 on the GDT’s map through to Vaughan Springs (16km).

Lerderderg Track is a Great Dividing Trail Assn mixed-use trail that runs from Daylesford to Blackwood (39 km), thence to Bacchus Marsh (+41 km) via  Mt Blackwood in Lerderderg State Park. This trail requires fitness and at least basic mtb skills in dry condiitons. Can be slippery and muddy on steeper slopes when wet.

Creswick walk and cycle trails

The Creswick mountain biking mecca is under development. 100km of trails coming. Pump track already installed at the trail head in Hmmon Park just behind the shopping centre.

Two mtb trails and seven shared use trails in the free Creswick Walking & Cycling brochure. Available at Creswick Visitor Information Centre or read more at our sister site  www.mapsport.com.au/2012/11/creswick-trail-map/

Dunolly cycle (and walk) trails

An extensive set of signposted mtb/hybrid cycle trails for all abilities. 7 trails, 170 km. Buy the map in Dunolly or Maryborough Visitor Centres. More at www.centralgoldfields.com.au

Other nearby trails

www.bancoora.com

Further afield

Dandenong Ranges outdoor recreation map
Dandenong Ranges recreation map

This nifty fold out map shows walking, cycling and horse riding tracks between Belgrave and Mt Evelyn. Andras and Ildi have identified the many tourist attractions, cafes and picnic areas to help your route planning. Buy from mapstart.com.au.

SE QLD mountain biking & family bush walking trail maps

The comprehensive book ‘Where to Mountain Bike in SE Queensland‘ by Mark Roberts and Gillian Duncan is a superb resource for novice, family and expert mountain bikers. The 70 maps extend to the Sunshine Coast in the north, Burleigh in the south and inland to Warwick area.

For you bush walkers, they recently released ‘Family Bushwalks in SE Queensland‘.

Buy either or both from www.organisedgrime.com.au.

Organised Grime books

Bike shops

None in Daylesford. See the mtb facilities publication at top of this page for closest bike shops. None open on Sundays.