La Larr Ba Gauwa Park's Bike Trails Re-Open to Victorians

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13 March 2024

The Allan Labor Government is giving Victorians more opportunities to explore the great outdoors, with the beloved La Larr Ba Gauwa Park bike trail in Harcourt reopened to the public thanks to extensive restoration efforts following the 2022 floods.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards MP has welcomed locals and visitors back to the La Larr Ba Gauwa Park’s network of world-class mountain bike trail, providing more opportunities for Victorians to get out and spend time in nature for free.

The restoration included repairing all 11 bike trails, catering to riders of all levels from beginners to advanced. Enhanced drainage systems were installed to safeguard the park against erosion from weather and use. Additionally, the La Larr Ba Gauwa access track was repaired.

The Park’s Picnic Gully campground now features a new toilet block, fire pits, and a freshly resurfaced car park and road. The introduction of new rock bollards, with landscaping camping spots, reducing impacts on the surrounding natural environment.

DJANDAK was responsible for delivering the upgrades at Picnic Gully campground, incorporating Djarra design elements such as interpretative signage that highlights the area's cultural significance. La Larr Ba Gauwa translates to ‘stones and mountain’ in the Dja Dja Wurrung language.

"The upgrades at La Larr Ba Gauwa Park will benefit locals and visitors alike, providing a great space to enjoy the outdoors and learn about the area’s rich cultural history," Ms Edwards said.

The Federal and State Governments dedicated $682,650 to restore the park’s trail, as part of over $11.8 million provided to 125 voluntary committees of management to restore recreation areas and facilities damaged by the 2022 floods, expanding opportunities for people to explore parks and forests.

The Labor Government’s Victoria’s Great Outdoors program provided a $200,000 Camping and Caravan grant to upgrade the campground, as part of a $106.6 million investment to provide more opportunities for people to explore the Victoria’s iconic parks and forests, while creating local jobs and supporting the growth of regional economies.