Grampians Region Cycling and Trails Masterplan
A master plan has been developed to establish the Grampians region as premier tourist destination for cycling and trail experiences.
Funded through a partnership between State Government (Regional Development Victoria) and 11 Local Government councils, the project has been delivered by Wimmera Development Association.
The master plan has created a 10year pipeline of future projects in the region, covering cycling segments such as mountain biking, road cycling, bike touring and recreational riders, and not only stands to benefit local residents with better cycling infrastructure, but will also provide an added tourism opportunity for the region.
The master plan was launched in September and includes a full economic business case for three key projects:
- Wimmera River Discovery Trail, stretching from Dimboola to Lake Hindmarsh;
- Ararat Hills Mountain Bike Park; and
- Further investment in cycling infrastructure on the existing Goldfields Track between Ballarat and Bendigo.
Cycle tourism can have a significant effect in reviving towns like Forrest in the Otway ranges, and Derby in Tasmania, where riders from all over Australia travel to ride the incredible mountain bike trails and it is hoped with investments this can be replicated in towns like Ararat and Grampians region.