Bikes, Beer & Burgers

Go mountain biking in the Wombat State Forest followed by burgers and beer in the nearby village of Woodend.

Bikes, Beer & Burgers

Go mountain biking in the Wombat State Forest followed by burgers and beer in the nearby village of Woodend.

Mountain Biking | Wombat Forest

Go on a mountain biking adventure

Forget hibernating during the cooler months and get active on a mountain bike adventure in the Wombat State Forest.

The Wombat Forest has gained a reputation for being one of the best places in Victoria to ride a mountain bike, and offers a fantastic experience for both beginner riders and serious cyclists.

Located between Woodend and Daylseford, you can reach the Wombat Forest trails by self-driving, or simply catch the V-Line train to Woodend and cycle to the trailhead.

Don’t own a mountain bike or worried about getting lost on the trails? No problem. Simply join an organised bike tour, where you’ll be picked up from Melbourne or the Woodend Train Station. Everything from bikes (if needed), helmets, water, spares and a guide are included.

Once in the forest, you will discover the hand-built mountain biking ‘Wombat Loop’ trail, providing an opportunity to test your skills and fitness. Weave and flow through this fully maintained trail, which has been armoured for year round riding by the local Wombat Mountain Bike Club.

Tip: Keep an eye out for the wombat burrows on either side of the track!

Pub Lunch | Woodend

Enjoy burgers and beer for lunch

All that leg pumping works up an appetite. The nearby town of Woodend has a couple of great country pubs, as well as bakeries and cafes for a hearty lunch.

Both the Victoria Hotel and Holgates Brewery do classic pub fare that you can wash down with a cool beer.

Holgates brew their own beer in a state-of-the-art brewery housed inside a Visitor Discovery Centre connected to the pub (tip – ask for their beer tasting paddle).

Or satiate your post-ride appetite with a wood-fired pizza and glass of red in front of a crackling fire at The Victoria Hotel.

It’s only a few minutes ride back to the Woodend Train Station from either pub, or if you join a bike tour, you can even carry on riding in the afternoon at nearby mountain biking trails in Castlemaine, Harcourt and Bendigo.

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