Two new trails to be launched in Loddon Shire

Published on 13 March 2018

Residents and visitors will soon be able to cycle and walk among even more of Loddon Shire’s picturesque natural environment when two new trails in the Wedderburn area are launched on 21 March.

In addition to showcasing flora and fauna, the 6.8-kilometre Queens Gully Trail and eight-kilometre Blue Mallee Trail will take cyclists and walkers through the area’s historic sites.

Loddon Shire Mayor Councillor Cheryl McKinnon said the new trails would complement existing tracks and trails located throughout the Shire.

“These new trails capture the essence of Loddon Shire’s natural and historical highlights,” Cr McKinnon said.

“Along with our region’s existing tracks and trails, the new Queens Gully and Blue Mallee trails provide another fantastic outlet for people to get out and enjoy the Shire’s scenic environment.”

In addition to walking, the trails are designed to be family-friendly rides for mountain and hybrid bikes.

Signage at the beginning of trails provides its length as well as a QR code, which lets users download information about trail (including a map) directly to their smartphone.

The new trails have been developed in partnership between Loddon Shire Council, DELWP, Wedderburn Tourism, Parks Victoria, Bush Heritage, Wedderburn Development Association and the Wedderburn community. 

Other tracks and trails are located in Boort, Bridgewater, Inglewood, Laanecoorie, Pyramid Hill, Serpentine and Tarnagulla.

All Loddon Shire’s tracks and trails are graded to national standards for walking access, as are relevant trails for cycling and horse riding. Icons along the tracks and trails show areas of interest as well as rest areas.

The all-terrain TrailRider wheelchair is also available for hire free of charge from the Loddon Visitor Information Centre from Monday to Saturday (or by prior arrangement), for up to three days. To book the TrailRider call 5494 3489.

The launch of the Queens Gully and Blue Mallee trails will take place on Wednesday 21 March at 10.30am at the historic reservoir behind the caravan park, Butterick Lane, Wedderburn.

More information on Loddon Shire’s walking and cycling trails is available from Choose “Live” from the drop-down menu and then click on “Community facilities”.

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