Local Trail Options
The Bendigo region boasts a number of riding/walking options, and many of these link with the O’Keefe Rail Trail.
- Wellsford Forest Regional Park/State Forest (access from the O’Keefe Rail Trail)
An alternative route between Bendigo East and Axedale is along forest tracks through box-ironbark woodland of the Wellsford Forest Regional Park/State forest. One forest route option is McIvor Hwy Axedale, Sugarloaf Rd, Pinpandoor Rd, Jay Track, Ellesmere Track, Plant Rd, and Rifle Range Rd to Pratts Park Rd Bendigo East, or in the reverse. Note – these tracks are suitable for walking, MTB (or hybrid bikes, weather dependant) only. Access on all tracks depends opon weather and track conditions. The route is not signposted at every cross point. The use of a localised/DELWP maps are recommended. See the DELWP interactive forest explorer for related information.
- One Tree Hill Regional Park (access from the O’Keefe Rail Trail)
At either the O’Keefe Rail Trail’s crossing points of Pratts Park Rd or Markovitch Ln, travel on these roads for approx 1 km in a southerly direction to McIvor Highway, cross the highway, and use trail links into the One Tree Hill Regional Park.
- Bendigo Bushland Trail (access from the O’Keefe Rail Trail)
Explore the 70km Bendigo Bushland Trail by bike or on foot, which intersects the O’Keefe Rail Trail at Pratts Park Rd or Markovitch Ln. Map link or details from the Bendigo Visitor Information Centre. Suitable for MTB riding or on foot. Note: some sections of this trail requires users to have good orientation and mapping skills, due to the trail’s signage needing to be improved.
- Whipstick State Park and Kamarooka State Park
Both parks are just north of Bendigo and have good short walks and cycling options. For more information visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au, the Bendigo Visitor Information Centre, or State Government Offices (Bendigo) Taylors St Epsom.
- Mandurang State Forest and Sandhurst State Forest
Both forest parks have good short walks, and some trails are suitable for MTB riding. For more information visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au, the Bendigo Visitor Information Centre, or State Government Offices (Bendigo) Taylors St Epsom.
- Bendigo Creek Trail (access from the O’Keefe Rail Trail)
The O’Keefe trail links to the Bendigo Creek Trail near Weeroona Ave North Bendigo (map link). The Bendigo Creek Trail links in either direction, from the northern most point at Howard St Epsom (northern Bendigo suburb), past Lake Weeroona, to the southern most point at Crusoe Reservoir & No. 7 Reservoir near Crusoe Rd & Furness St Kangaroo Flat (southern Bendigo suburb). Detailed directional trail maps are located along the Bendigo Creek Trail. Trail surface is sealed, except for the loop trails (fine gravel) around the two reservoirs.
Banjo Patterson’s Mulga Bill’s Bicycle poem hailed from Eaglehawk, a Bendigo suburb, hence the inspiration for naming the Mulga Bill Bicycle Trail that explores sections of this area from Lake Neangar to Victoria Hill.
- Goldfields Track (Victoria)
This is a walking or cycling (MTB) trail only. Its route is from Bendigo to Castlemaine to Daylesford to Creswick to Ballarat. The section closest to Bendigo is called the Leanganook Track.
- Bendigo self guided walks
Discover the history of Bendigo with self guided walks from the Bendigo Visitor Information Centre.
- Campaspe River Reserve, Axedale (access from the O’Keefe Rail Trail).
The O’Keefe Rail Trail provides access to the Campaspe River Reserve’s natural river environment, the amazing ‘Platypus Compass’ metal art sculpture, plus there is much more to see and experience in this river reserve. Table and seats are provided for a picnic, or just the place to rest and take in the atmosphere.
- McIvor Creek Trail, Heathcote (access from the O’Keefe Rail Trail)
The McIvor Creek Trail is located along the McIvor Creek through the township of Heathcote. Access to this trail can be from a number of points, one being via the trail suspension bridge at Thomas St (care required, cyclists dismount), another at Barrack St near the Heathcote Visitor Information Centre. This is a trail suitable for walking and cycling.
The City of Greater Bendigo Council and the Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail are keen to gain valuable feedback from users of the O’Keefe Rail Trail. Your feedback will assist with trail improvements and ongoing trail development.
Please take the short survey, after experiencing this trail: www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/okeefetrailsurvey