Walk or ride
Enjoy a walk or ride today
Walking and riding are popular forms of recreation and our most simple and affordable ways to travel. Greater Bendigo has lots of on-road and off-road walking and cycling routes that connect townships, major suburbs and surrounding open spaces. When we walk and ride we contribute to creating better places and environments, healthier people, better connected communities and more viable businesses.
Information in this section is provided to help you plan your walk or ride.
Walking and riding are activities that can be integrated into everyday life as daily transport and recreation, and can be used in combination with other forms of transport for longer trips.
Bike Riding Maps
The riding maps identify protected cycling infrastructure and on-road options with lower traffic that can be used to plan your route and help make your trip more comfortable.
Park and walk to the City centre map
If you have a longer trip but still want to incorporate walking or riding, try catching public transport or driving part way and walking or riding the rest.
The park and walk map provides some suggestions for parking options and walking routes to and from the City Centre.
Walking to and from Railway Stations
Walking to or from public transport is also a great option. The railway station walking maps show just how much is within walking distance of some of the railway stations around Bendigo.
Take in Bendigo’s natural environment and historical attractions on one of our shared trails. Explore one of the many trails independently or join a local cycling, outdoor or hiking group and make some new friends along the way.
Discover Greater Bendigo’s bicycle and walking trail network with:
- Nice rides of Bendigo – a map of Bendigo’s bicycle and trail network.
- Cycling and walking trails – information and maps on the Bendigo Tourism website.
There are a variety of trails for different styles and abilities, including:
- O’Keefe Rail Trail – Ride or walk this disused railway line that links Heathcote and Axedale with Bendigo.
- Goldfields Track/Great Dividing Trail – This 210-km shared use bushwalking and mountain bike trail follows the top of the Great Dividing Range from Mt Buninyong just out of Ballarat to Bendigo.
- Bendigo Bushland Trail – This 65km trail consists of bicycle, road and walking tracks. It encircles the urban area of Bendigo and takes you through pockets of remnant Box-Ironbark regrowth.
- Mulga Bill Trail – The short Mulga Bill trail offers spectacular views and links Eaglehawk to the Lightning Hill lookout, passing by Lake Neangar, central Eaglehawk and a large area of forest to the north that is part of the Whipstick sector of the Greater Bendigo National Park. It is also an off-leash dog walking area.
- Bendigo Creek Trail – The trail traces its course north-east from Crusoe Reservoir, past natural bush and historic landmarks, all the way to Bendigo Pottery in Epsom.
Depending on where you’re coming from, you may want to incorporate a bus or train into your trip.
- View all V/Line timetables for the Bendigo Metro Rail service
- If you’re looking for a bus service near you across urban Bendigo, download the PTV app, or visit Public Transport Victoria website.
Combining walking or riding with public transport is a popular way to get around.
Parkiteer Bike Parking
Public Transport Victoria offers a free service called Parkiteer at Bendigo and Kangaroo Flat Train Stations. It is a secure bike cage with 24-hour access. You can register to use Parkiteer, and get your access card through Bicycle Network.
Bikes on Buses
Bike racks have been installed on buses travelling along 14 local routes in Bendigo and the Bendigo to Heathcote route. For further information on how to use bikes racks on buses including a video, have a look at the Public Transport Victoria website.
Bikes on V/Line trains
Folding bikes can be carried on V/Line trains and conventional bikes can be carried if there is adequate space availability; further information available on the Public Transport Victoria website.
Walking to and from the railway station
Walking to or from public transport is also a great option. The walking maps show just how much is within walking distance of some of the railway stations around Bendigo.
There are a number of tips you can follow to help keep yourself safe:
- Plan your trip – the best bike route is often different to the way you would take a car. Have a look at the Riding Network Map to assist with planning the safest route for you.
- Be visible – bright or hi-vis clothing and lights can help other vehicles see you. Riding in the gutter can make you less visible to other vehicles so allow appropriate distance from the curb.
- Communicate – use your bell, voice and hand signals to communicate with other road users; consider what others may expect you to do and ride predictably. Make eye contact with drivers and pedestrians when practical to do so.
- Scan surroundings – be aware of things ahead and behind you. Look out for people opening car doors and cars turning in front of you, pulling out of driveways or leaving parking spots. Make eye contact with drivers or pedestrians that may block your path and be prepared to give way.
- Allow space – Slow down when there is traffic or potential hazards so that you have time to react. Leave space next to parked cars if possible or slow down to avoid car dooring. In narrow areas ride further from the curb to be visible to other vehicles, and move left again when safe to do so.
- Use caution at intersections – look for other vehicles before going through an intersection. Be careful overtaking cars on the left and give way to those turning left in front of you. Be aware of vehicle blind spots and don’t pass heavy vehicles on the left in case they can’t see you. Consider using a hook turn where right turns are permitted, or get off your bike and walk it through difficult intersections.
- Know your bike – be prepared to react quickly and be ready to break. Know how to use your bike including riding with one hand to use hand signals.
- Follow the rules – Bike Law is a bike rider's guide to road rules in Victoria, and shared path etiquette applies on shared paths.
- Consider the riding surface – be careful when there are changes to the riding surface including when there is rain or when riding over tram tracks.
- Bike hoops – there are a number of bike hoops around Bendigo to park your bike.
- Hargreaves Street multi-story carpark – Undercover, secure and free. Access via the internal vehicle access ramp off Hargreaves Street
- Edwards Street multi-story carpark – Undercover, secure and free. Access via Queen St, through the lane way located adjacent to the vehicle entrance.
- Parkiteer at Bendigo and Kangaroo Flat Train Stations – Public Transport Victoria offers a free service called Parkiteer, a secure bike cage with 24-hour access. You can register to use Parkiteer, and get your access card.
Remember to bring your own bike lock.
Shared paths are for people of all ages and abilities, and for multiple uses including: pedestrians, cyclists, scooters, runners and people with prams or walking dogs. Follow this etiquette to ensure everyone has safe and comfortable use of shared paths.
Pedestrians (including people on foot or on wheeled devices such as wheelchairs)
- Keep left unless it’s impracticable to do so
- Move in a predictable manner and check for other path-users before changing direction
- Keep your dog under control along shared paths and pick up after them
- Help children with you keep left, and explain shared path etiquette to them
- Stay aware of your surroundings even if using headphones
- Listen for warning bells or calls from other path-users and allow faster path-users to pass
- If you have stopped to talk with someone, stand off the path to allow other path-users to pass
Riders (including people on bicycles)
- Give way to pedestrians
- Keep left unless it’s impracticable to do so
- Move at a relaxed speed and slow down when passing others so you can stop quickly
- Pass other people on the right and warn them you’re passing in advance by ringing your bell or using your voice
- Take care around children and dogs who can be unpredictable
- Help children with you keep left, and explain shared path etiquette to them including warning other path-users of your approach
- Ring your bell or use your voice to let others know as you go into blind corners or underpasses
- Be visible by using lights and wearing bright clothes when it gets dark
The benefits of participating in physical activities such as walking and cycling are well documented. Not only do individuals benefit from a health and wellbeing perspective, but the whole community benefits from a greater sense of community, social interaction, economic opportunities, improvement to the environment and urban congestion, air and noise pollution, reduction in crime and a healthier society.
Walking and cycling are activities that can be integrated into everyday life as daily transport and recreation making it easier to meet recommended physical activity targets. International research shows that people who walk and cycle regularly are more likely to be happy and have a lower risk of depression.
In recent years electric bicycles have improved in quality, availability and affordability. Electric bicycles allow more people the opportunity to comfortably travel by bicycle extending distance travelled, riding age into later life and similar overall physical activity benefits compared to push bicycles.
You don’t have to walk or ride everyday to see the benefits, so consider walking or riding 1 day in 5 and...
- have fun and socialise,
- improve health and get some exercise,
- save time and money,
- increase productivity,
- reduce traffic and
- care for the environment.
Walk, Cycle Greater Bendigo Strategy (2019) - Guides future decision making with the aim to make it easier for more people to walk and cycle more often.
Mir Wimbul Council Plan (2021-2025) - Outcome 2: Healthy, liveable spaces and places, Outcome 5: A climate-resilient built and natural environment.
Healthy Greater Bendigo (2021-2025) - Healthy and Well outcome - good physical and mental health, Liveable outcome - resilient to a changing climate and has access to the natural environment and quality public space for enhanced health and wellbeing.
Climate Change & Environment Strategy (2021 – 2026) - Sustainable and active transport action area.
For more information about local trails, call in at a visitor information centre or contact us on 1300 002 642.