Secret Forest Walks

GPS Bike Rides - Bring your own bike!

For two wheeled enthusiasts, Secret Forest Walks have mapped the best rides in the Daylesford area and programmed them onto our Garmin hand held GPS units, giving you 'on the go' navigation. Designed for both Mountain bikes and road bikes, we've chosen the most scenic and fun roads and forest tracks available, avoiding the congestion and hazards of main roads. Our rides are 'loop' rides, so you return to Daylesford, always covering new ground. We can also provide a back pack of essentials (water, snacks, etc) for your comfort.

Loop rides

Mineral, sausage, cider, wine. 18km. An easy and scenic tour where you can sample local produce along the way.
Mineral, sausage, cider, wine +. 25km. As above but with an added downhill run through the forest back to town.
Sailors Falls Bush Run 18km. A moderate ascent to picturesque Sailors Falls followed by a fast 'on your pedals' run back to town through tall forest.

Mineral Springs tours.

The Mineral Spring tours link up the iconic springs in the area. Each Mineral Spring has its own unique flavours and setting. Your GPS mapped route contains the local knowledge to take you through handy short cuts and along the most attractive/low traffic routes to visit and enjoy them

Springs Tour 1. Seven Mineral Springs. 11km. 1 ½ to 2 hrs. Easy.
Springs Tour 2. Eight Mineral Springs. 13km. 2 to 2/12 hours. Easy, as above except for one tough hill.
Springs Tour 3. Nine Mineral Springs. 20km . 3 to 4 hours. Hard. As above plus loop of Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens and East st fresh water spring.
Springs Tour 4. Ten Mineral Springs. 35km. 4 hours plus. Hard. (A good day out for seasoned riders). As above with locals spring, cidery and winery/restaurant.

Pricing. Easy rides- $40 solo and $10 for each additional rider. Hard rides, $50 solo and $10 per additional rider.

Consider hiring an ebike from Daylesford bike hire ‘On The Moove’ for an electrically assisted ride for greater ease and comfort. Find them on www.onthemoove.com.au or 0438 662 203.

Pub Runs.

Enjoy a forest and farmland ride to one of the great country pubs in the vicinity of Daylesford. Enjoy a country meal and hospitality, and we can arrange transportation back to Daylesford for you and your bikes, or return via road/trail. Bookings are required.
Maxi taxi available from Daylesford for your return.

Guildford Pub. 30km. A fast ride down the Northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range along remote, well made tracks to a friendly, genuine pub.
Lyonville Pub. 18km. A gradual ascent on all weather roads takes you through tall forest via the excellent Lyonville mineral springs to this popular 'gastro' pub.
Creswick Novotell 40km. An undulating trek through forest and farmland with the shady Newlyn reservoir as a midway point.
Smeaton Pub. 24km. A gradual descent along near deserted country roads amongst volcanic plains and panoramic views. Enjoy this historic, rural pub.





How does a Secret Forest Ride work?

For info on booking and consultation, see our 'How it works' link.
To that we add the following step...
   
We attach our Garmin hand held GPS to your handlebars with cable ties. Your chosen track shows as a pink line. Your position is shown as the blue triangle. Your assignment is to travel along the pink line. Its that straight forward!

Your GPS will also show speed and odometer readings as well as a host of other stat's on your performance.

Pricing.

Loop Rides: (Your Bike) $50 solo, $10 each additional rider. Back pack of essentials can be supplied. Pub Runs: Price on Application.
Security and insurance forms required.