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Cycling
Mountain biking

There are approximately 20km of trails designated for mountain bike use including the 6.3km State Mountain Bike Course - home of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games cross country mountain bike competition.

Explore the exciting network of trails from easy family rides around the lake and parkland, to a range of flowing single trails through established plantations or steep and technical sections of trail through rocky landscapes. All trails are graded and clearly sign posted with directional information. For more information, see the park notes below.

Mountain bike trails and the State Mountain Bike Course

Parks Victoria together with the Mountain Bike Association of Australia have carefully designed trail alignments to protect environmental values of the park, whilst providing a high quality mountain biking experience. The trail system has been designed for sustainable for long term use. You can help ensure that these trails remain open for use by only riding on formally signed trails and not creating or using informally created trails. (Those not identified on the map).

There are a number of other trails within the park that are for shared use and some trails are for mountain bikes only. Please also respect the trails that are designated for walkers and equestrian use only.

Take the opportunity to explore the park by starting your ride at the trail head located in the Mahogany Car Park at the Horswood Road entrance to Lysterfield Park (Melway 108 D1).

Group bookings and events

The number of groups using mountain bike trails is restricted during wet months to maintain trail integrity.

Small groups (15-50 individuals) must book with the park office on 13 1963 or eventseastmetro@parks.vic.gov.au one week in advance of your ride to ensure that trails are open and available.

Large groups (50+ individuals) and official events require an event permit at all times. Applications must be received approximately six weeks in advance of the proposed booking date. To apply complete an expression of interest form available for download from the Related Publications section below.

For more information on event permits please contact the park office on 13 1963.

Mountain bike hire

Hire a mountain bike from Trailmix, located at the former visitor centre. Enjoy the cafe, bike store, information centre and recreational services facility. Trailmix is accessible from the Horswood Road entrance to Lysterfield Park and is open daily. For more information call (03) 8790 4402 or go to www.trailmix.com.au.

Lysterfield District Trail Riders

Become a member of the Lysterfield District Trail Riders and join them for their monthly working bees on the mountain bike trail network. Visit www.lysterfieldmtb.com for more information.

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