Central Victoria has developed a bit of a reputation as a cyclist’s paradise, and that’s not just because of all of the coffee shops we have on offer!
Heathcote is at the heart of some fantastic cycling and walking trails with the jewel of the crown being the historic O’Keefe Trail. The 49-kilometre track from Bendigo to Heathcote offers stunning scenery and a great ride, or walk, regardless of the time of year.
If you’re more of a road rider, pop into the Heathcote Visitor Centre and pick up a map giving you more great options – The Oppy Ride (to Rochester, the birthplace of famous cyclist, Sir Hubert Opperman), The Four Pubs Ride (yep, just what you’re thinking) and The Lake Loop (a 67-kilometre ride around Lake Eppalock).
For the more enthusiastic cyclists, there’s also the 1,000 metre climb to the top of Mount Alexander once The Lake Loop is complete, or perhaps tackle The Major Mitchell Trail – a 1,200-kilmetre route that takes you from Mildura, down to the Grampians, to Bendigo and through Heathcote and finishing at Mt Macedon.
Walkers will enjoy the variety of trails around McIvor Creek, the Pink Cliffs or in the many State Forests around Heathcote.