Mountain biker rescued after three-metre cliff plunge

A mountain biker has escaped serious head and chest injury after a three-metre cliff fall in Durham Lead on Saturday morning.

Paremedics and police were called to come to the aid of the man about 10.30am after he crashed in the bush.

The Air Ambulance was initially called, but was unable to reach the man in the dense bushland, instead needing a combined emergency services operation to rescue him.

See the approximate location of the crash here.

Ballarat State Emergency Services four-wheel-drives and fire fighters were called in to the incident off Pioneer Lane and Buninyong-Mount Mercer Road.

They were able to rescue him with an high-angle rope rescue.

The man was taken to Ballarat Health Services Base Hospital with shoulder and collarbone injuries, arriving about 1.34pm – more than three hours after his plunge.