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Macedon Ranges on two wheels

Cycling Macedon Ranges

The Macedon Ranges is the perfect location for a cycling adventure, with a plethora of quiet road, cross-country and casual jaunts to challenge and satisfy the senses. Choose from road, gravel and mountain biking routes that will get you off the beaten track and coming back for more. With easy access to our region by car or V/Line train, you can escape your everyday world and be pedaling in no time.

Macedon Ranges Ride Guide

For the full rundown on where to ride in our region, check out the Macedon Ranges Ride Guide, which features 18 road and off-road bike trails that are suitable for a range of abilities and is the perfect preparation for exploring the region on two wheels.

There are inherent risks to riding on any roads. Please be aware of your surroundings and ride to the conditions. Some roads listed in this guide do not have a designated bike lane or shoulder and may contain imperfections or obstacles. Look carefully for vehicles and pedestrians entering and exiting driveways and pathways, and always obey the road rules. Ride carefully, stay safe and enjoy!

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Ride with locals

Anyone can join the Macedon Ranges Cycling Club on one of their regular social rides – they are only too happy to take visitors along with them.

Ride through rolling farmland and seasonally changing landscapes, and on roads where you hardly encounter a car. Find refreshment in the villages, wineries and cafes that are never far away.

Bike rides for families

There are a number of family-friendly pathways in the Macedon Ranges that take in creeks, lakes and botanical gardens.

Gentle bike rides

Try the Campaspe River Walk starting from the Kyneton Botanic Garden, where there is also a wonderful children’s park the kids will love.

Malmsbury Botanic Gardens has a small but picturesque gravel path for kiddie bike rides. You can also extend your ride at The Malmsbury Common directly across the road. Make sure to drop into The Malmsbury Bakery for one of their famous pies!

The Gisborne Botanic Gardens is a lovely spot not far from Melbourne that offers relaxing pathways to pedal. Start out in the botanic gardens and make your way along Jackson’s Creek Walk and under the bridge to Sankey Reserve.

Woodend’s Five Mile Creek pathway is ideal for a family day out. Include a post-ride picnic at the beautiful Woodend Children’s Park and enjoy ice-cream from the sublime Woodend Ice Cream Co.

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Malmsbury Botanic Gardens in autumn.

The Federation Trail

The Federation Trail linking Lancefield and Romsey is another great option for families. Travelling along a dedicated shared path for the majority of the ride, this 16km return route is ideal for families with older kids, or for parents with baby bike seats attached.

Find this route in the Macedon Ranges Ride Guide.

Lancefield Bike Path

Federation Trail between Lancefield and Romsey, as featured in the Macedon Ranges Ride Guide.

Join Ride Macedon Ranges on Strava

Keen cyclists can also join the Ride Macedon Ranges Strava Club. With GPS maps of all the rides in the Ride Guide, you can also log your rides, compare your times with other club members and continue to explore our beautiful region. It’s free to join at strava.com/clubs/ridemacedonranges

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