Lake Bolac to Dunkeld

On the B road – how busy is it?

That was the question I asked myself when planning the trip. The answer is, quite busy. The hard shoulder is crap for a lot of the time and sandy for the rest. With quite a high ” lip” to negotiate whenever you need to transfer to it.

As there were a lot of B Doubles using the road this was too frequent an occurrence. Today the gear changing is getting a little difficult, maybe due to the sand getting into things.

The Lake Bolac park family car. Sign reads ‘Make Australia Great Again’.

It was cold to start with and I set off in shorts, cycle top, fleece and the wet weather windproof top! Still had them all on after 12.5 ks.

First mystery. Who throws whole toilet rolls from their vehicle. There was a lot. Maybe a truck lost a box!
Mystery 2. Why is this a protected roadside verge? Pity about the toilet paper.

The day looked stunning but the wind, although not at yesterday’s strength, was just about head on. So I settled down to a slow 50k pedal but with no worries about getting to the caravan park late.

That’s why the hills

As we got into the ride the Grampians appeared on the right.

The Grampians looked a lot bigger/closer to the human eye.

For a while the ride was very special with Grampians on the right and old Red Gums plus other gums on the left.

Typical scene for the day.
Good old Gum. Lots of holes for things to live in. A wooden hotel.
Who needs a stonemason to create a drystone wall when you can just balance a few boulders on top of each other?
Just to show how much larger the mail boxes of the plains are.

I rolled into Dunkeld and found not 1 but 3 coffee shops! Chose the wrong one – will try another for breakfast tomorrow.

At the caravan park I was offered a ready erected Oztent plus annex plus seats plus mattress (almost glamping) for $28. I accepted quickly.

A ready set up place to stay tonight.

Dunkeld ed was an important place on the Chinese gold miners walk from Robe to Bendigo. Strangely the lady in the Information Centre knew nothing about it. I have a note that says the old Chinese Market Gardens are now part of the Park. Will explore and see.

Note: Back in the 1800s Chinese diggers came to work the goldfields. Victoria didn’t really want them so began charging a 10 pound per person landing fee. South Australia didn’t so they were off loaded at Robe and they walked across to Ballarat and Ararat (the only Australian town to be founded by Chinese people.).

Author: antc1946

Born in 1946 I learnt to cycle about 10 years later. On a bike with rods connecting brake levers to the brakes - anyone remember those? I emigrated to Australia (from the UK) in 1974 and moved to Tasmania in 1984. Bicycles were in my life for most of that time although sometimes they were replaced by motorised two wheels for a bit more excitement. On reaching 70 I decided to stick to pedal power but in 2019 an electric recumbent made an appearance. it's now 2023 and I have 3 bikes. 2 e-recumbents and the Brompton.

2 thoughts on “Lake Bolac to Dunkeld”

  1. Fantasic Pics. Tony they really capture the eviroment as it is .Takes me back to Jen.s and my trip in 2015. The gumtrees are as you say a hotel. In southern Tasmania they house both the endangered rare parrot and the sugar gliders amongst many others. That red dust will remind you of your travels for many trike washes.


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