This is a ride from Ballan to Lara through the Brisbane Ranges, visiting the historic gold mining town of Steiglitz. The ride coincides with the Back to Steiglitz Festival and Airing of the Quilts, a local fundraiser for municipal services and celebration of the old gold mining ghost town
The general tendency of the ride is downwards, from Ballan at an enormous 530 m to Lara at 30 m. This is possibly the easiest 70 km you'll ever ride (especially with a northerly wind) though there is some climbing between Stieglitz and Anakie. It's all on sealed roads apart from the 7 km section between the main road and Steiglitz. This is mostly good quality unsealed road, but we can’t guarantee it’s condition and it wouldn’t be great fun on a road bike. The last part of the ride to Lara is through fairly flat (and not very scenic) farmland.