La Larr Ba Gauwa Park  includes 34 kilometres of diverse mountain bike trails that take advantage of the area's stunning views and unique rock features.  

There are 11 trails that cater to riders of all abilities from beginner to advanced.  

La Larr Ba Gauwa Park has everything from a leisurely beginners’ loop to long, flowy cross-country rides and technically challenging trails featuring chutes, berms, drops, jumps and rock gardens.

The La Larr Ba Gauwa Brochure (PDF, 4.8 MB) includes a trail map and information about how to get to the Park.  You can also download the More to Explore App for comprehensive information and interactive maps for La Larr Ba Gauwa Park.

La Larr Ba Gauwa Park is two kilometres east of Harcourt and adjacent to the Mount Alexander Regional Park.  It is 130 kilometres north of Melbourne, nine kilometres north of Castlemaine, 30 kilometres south of Bendigo and 85 kilometres north east of Ballarat.

Car parking for La Larr Ba Gauwa Park is in the Harcourt township.  Park your car on High Street, opposite the CFA station, then ride to the Park via the off-road path that runs alongside Market Street and Picnic Gully Road.  This path will take you straight to the Trailhead.  There is no parking for bike riders at La Larr Ba Gauwa Park.  

Make sure you take plenty of water with you before you leave Harcourt as there is no potable water available at La Larr Ba Gauwa Park.

For information about other great places to visit in Central Victoria and where to stay, check out www.harcourt.vic.au or www.maldoncastlemaine.com.au

Werpil Trail 5

The Dja Dja Wurrung people are the Traditional Owners of the country where the Park is located.  La Larr Ba Gauwa means ‘stones and mountain’ in Dja Dja Wurrung language.

The Park has been built to International Mountain Bicycling Association standards.  DELWP managed the construction of the trails. The Victorian Government provided $1.99 million through the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.  The Park is managed by a volunteer committee of management.

Background

Goldfields Tourism Incorporated undertook an initial investigation into the development of the park and established a Community Reference Group that included representatives from the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group, Harcourt Landcare Group and the Harcourt Progress Association.

Milestones

On 15 June 2017, Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced $1.99M funding for the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park from the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.

Mandatory environmental, cultural and heritage assessments were carried out prior to the beginning of construction.

Historic Heritage Significance (DOCX, 7.1 MB)
Botanical Investigation for Threatened Species (PDF, 9.1 MB)
Preliminary Indigenous Cultural Heritage Assessment (PDF, 22.5 MB)
Bushfire Management Statement (PDF, 26.2 MB)
Land Capability Assessment (PDF, 34.4 MB)

A Cultural Heritage Management Plan was developed and implemented. Targeted threatened species surveys were also completed.

Tender for design and construction of the mountain bike park was awarded to Dirt Art. Extensive community consultation contributed to the final design of the pathways and trails (PDF, 6.1 MB).

A planning permit was granted by Mount Alexander Shire Council on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

Construction started in early August 2017. The Park opened to riders at noon on Friday 9 March 2018.

Community consultation

From 5 October to 6 November 2017, DELWP invited feedback from the community about two naming proposals related to the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park.  Naming Proposal Fact Sheet (.pdf)

A Community Reference Group played an important role during the development, planning and construction of the Park.

A volunteer skills-based committee was appointed to manage the Park.  The Committee was appointed after an expression of interest process undertaken by DELWP in September and October 2017. 

Public Meeting 5 Sept 2016: Question and answers (PDF, 106.7 KB)

Community Updates

Throughout planning and construction of La Larr Ba Gauwa Park, DELWP kept the community and other stakeholders information via monthly project updates as well as posting information on  DELWP Loddon Mallee’s Facebook Page.

April 2018 Project Update (PDF, 446.2 KB)
March 2018 Project Update (PDF, 243.7 KB)
February 2018 Community Update (PDF, 518.9 KB)
December 2017/January 2018 Community Update  (PDF, 492.2 KB)
November 2017 Project Update (PDF, 1.1 MB)
October 2017 Project Update (PDF, 1.1 MB)
September 2017 project Update (PDF, 596.1 KB)
August 2017 project update (PDF, 3.8 MB)
July 2017 project update (PDF, 2.9 MB)
June 2017 project update (PDF, 293.5 KB)
May 2017 project update (PDF, 325.7 KB)
April 2017 project update (PDF, 168.3 KB)
March 2017 project update (PDF, 336.7 KB)
February 2017 project update (PDF, 124.5 KB)
December 2016 project update (PDF, 51.0 KB)
November 2016 project update (PDF, 31.3 KB)