I want this message to get out there: The Goldfields Track, from Ballarat to Bendigo, is an absolute blast. A couple of mates and I (Yeehaar and Rhino on here) just did it over the weekend, and if you’re looking for a bit of an epic weekend, and like to ride off road, this must be one of the best options close to Melbourne.
In terms of what to take, if you are a maestro cross rider, you could probably get through on a CX bike, though I’d say you’ll be missing the bigger bags of mtb tires, and slower pace and/or many pinch flats will result. The 650B rando crew would probably be OK with a knobby (45+ mm) tire, and any decent mountain bike would be totally fine.
It’s well signposted and offers pretty much every type of riding you could wish for… some very steep, loose, rockly descents (and ascents), flowy, tacky singletrack, heaps and heaps of spur/gully loose-over-hard goldfields singletrack, fireroad, dirt road and a bit of bitumen.
I found my favourite sausage roll of all time, too. Pastry King in Daylesford. Worth a visit.