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Places to exercise within 5km of Maryborough

Posted 21/08/2021 in Places




With a 5km travel limit now in place for exercise within Regional Victoria, you may be searching for some new places close to home for bushwalking and cycling. Fortunately there are some fantastic tracks to check out in the bush surrounding Maryborough! Take a look at the following list to discover some great places to exercise within 5 km of town.

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Goldfields Reservoir

Goldfields Reservoir, Maryborough VIC
  • Distance from High Street, Maryborough: 2.5 km 
Goldfields Reservoir is a peaceful lake on the outskirts of Maryborough which features a 1.7 km scenic circuit walk. The walking track circles the entire reservoir and features multiple bridges, interesting hand made wooden barriers, wetland areas and water views. Old gold diggings line the tracks around the far end of the reservoir. 

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Craigie State Forest Dam and Walking Track

Craigie State Forest Dam and Walking Track, Maryborough VIC
  • Distance from High Street, Maryborough: 4.5 km
This small dam on the edge of the Craigie State Forest is accessed from Stewart Drive, and features a scenic walk through the adjacent bushland and historic gold diggings. A short way along the walk you will also come to a cairn which commemorates the 1858 discovery of a 537 ounce gold nugget!

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Bristol Hill Historic Area

View from the top of the Bristol Hill Pioneer Memorial Tower, Maryborough VIC
  • Distance from High Street, Maryborough: 1 km
The Bristol Hill Pioneer Memorial Tower is an iconic landmark in Maryborough, and is surrounded by bushland, gold diggings, a pioneer cemetery, and multiple walking tracks.  The tower is located at the edge of the Bristol Hill Historic Area and offers amazing views of the town and surrounding bushland. Old tailings are visible to the west of the memorial tower.

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Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria, Maryborough VIC
  • Distance from High Street, Maryborough: 1.2 km
This gorgeous ornamental lake in Maryborough is celebrated for its resident swans, beautifully forested islands, and scenic walking track. A well formed gravel walking/cycling track travels in a circuit around the lake with abundant varieties of trees and water birds to see along the way. 

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Carisbrook Reservoir

Carisbrook Reservoir, Carisbrook VIC
  • Distance from High Street, Maryborough: 5 km
The seasonal Carisbrook Reservoir lies within the Craigie State Forest between Carisbrook and Maryborough, and is a great place for bushwalking. The reservoir typically dries up through summer, but fills back up again through late autumn, winter and spring. A narrow bush road travels along the top of the dam wall, making a great walking track and offering scenic views over the water. The reservoir is surrounded by old gold diggings and there are several historic mine sites located close by. 

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Maryborough Velodrome

Maryborough Velodrome, Maryborough VIC
  • Distance from High Street, Maryborough: 1.5 km
The Maryborough Velodrome lies on the outskirts of town along Avoca Road, set on the edge of the Bristol Hill Historic Area. A large cycling track travels around a central lawn area, completely enclosed by a fence. Along with cycling, this is a popular spot for dog walking as it provides a circular walking track as well as an enclosed area for dogs to run off-lead (only when there are no cyclists or other dogs that may be disturbed). Visitors can walk or cycle from here over to the nearby Bristol Hill Pioneers Memorial TowerBristol Hill Pioneer Cemetery and Bristol Hill Apex Playground.

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Bull Gully Aboriginal Rock Wells

Bull Gully Aboriginal Rock Wells, Daisy Hill VIC
  • Distance from High Street, Maryborough: 5 km
This set of four Aboriginal rock wells sit in the bush alongside Wells track, just outside Maryborough. Four holes have been excavated into the base of a large rock in a position which makes them a natural catchment for rainwater falling on the rock above. Due to the lack of permanent creeks, Aboriginal people depended on the rock wells for drinking water when they passed through the region. The openings to the wells were covered with flat rocks to prevent evaporation and pollution of the water within. Stop by and check out the wells and information sign before embarking on the 2.5 km loop walk to the nearby Battery Dam and Distillery

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Battery Dam and Distillery

Battery Dam and Distillery, Daisy Hill VIC
  • Distance from High Street, Maryborough: 4.5 km
The Battery Dam Historic Site is located just outside Maryborough in the Craigie State Forest. A stamp battery once operated here, crushing quartz from mines in the area. After gold processing operations ceased, some of the equipment was adapted to be used for a eucalyptus distillery. Today it features a picnic area, walking tracks, gold processing and eucalyptus distillery relics, and beautifully illustrated information signs. You can also walk from here to the nearby Bull Gully Aboriginal Rock Wells

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Whirrakee Drive Lake Gardens

Whirrakee Drive Lake Gardens, Maryborough VIC
  • Distance from High Street, Maryborough: 3 km
This small ornamental lake is located around the intersection of Whirrakee Drive and Park Road. A scenic walking track takes you on a peaceful stroll through the picturesque gardens, and the lake is home to several species of birds.

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Phillips Botanical Gardens

Phillips Botanical Gardens, Maryborough VIC
  • Distance from High Street, Maryborough: 0.2 km
Phillips Botanical Gardens is a beautiful little park in Maryborough, featuring an ornamental lake, scenic walking track, picnic tables, and shaded grassy lawns. A walking track circles the little lake and features educational signs at various points along the way. As you stroll around the lake you'll pass a wetland area, grassed areas, and many interesting tree species. There are ducks as well as several other bird species, and growling grass frogs can often be heard.

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