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Arthurs Seat State Park – Proposed Mountain Bike Trail Network

Parks Victoria wishes to thank the individuals and organisations for making submissions  on the future of mountain bike activity, including a proposed trail network, in Arthurs Seat State Park. Some 460 submissions were received.

The review of mountain bike riding in Arthurs Seat State Park was undertaken to address a significant increase in riding activity in the park since the management plan for the Mornington Peninsula National Park and Arthurs Seat State Park was prepared in 1998.

Mountain bike riding on public land has become a well recognised activity in Australia and across the world. Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) recognise a need to provide designated, suitable, sustainable and safe opportunities in natural areas for growing numbers of riders, particularly in proximity to Melbourne and regional centres. Statewide guidelines have been developed to establish a consistent approach to managing mountain bike riding.

Provision of planned riding opportunities in Arthurs Seat State Park is needed to address potential impacts on park values and other visitor experiences.

Unplanned mountain bike riding has the potential to cause significant impacts on park values. An appropriately planned network of mountain bike trails incorporating sustainable design principles will ensure the protection of significant environmental and cultural sites within Arthurs Seat State Park.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire has recently completed a Recreational Trails Strategy to provide for equestrian and mountain bike riding on roadsides in response to increased changes in use patterns and the significant growth in mountain bike riding across the Mornington Peninsula. There is an opportunity to establish trails within Arthurs Seat to provide a linked network for mountain bike riding across public land managed by Parks Victoria and Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The proposed mountain bike opportunities focus on the northern escarpment which is already relatively disturbed and features existing management tracks and fuel breaks.

A discussion paper was been prepared to help inform community feedback. The discussion paper outlined current issues and principles and guidelines that will be used to assess and manage the proposed the mountain bike trails network. 

Discussion paper (PDF 3.44MB) 

Parks Victoria will analyse the public submissions and prepare a final report on the results and the final recommended strategy for mountain bike riding in Arthurs Seat State Park. This outcome will be posted on the website in coming months for public viewing. Parks Victoria will also provide written feedback to submissions and communicate the outcomes through the local media.