Have fun, feel great and spend time with your family and friends. Cycling is a great way to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in parks. Whether you are looking for a leisurely ride or a downhill adrenalin rush, Victoria's parks can cater for your needs.
Here are just a few suggestions to start you off.
The park features 295 hectares of wetlands, heathlands and Red Gum woodlands. With more than 7 kilometres of bike trails criss-crossing the park, cycling with the family is the perfect way to explore this natural oasis in sandbelt suburbia.
Riders can explore the rich habitat of forest, native grasslands, orchids and native animals in this park. Choose from a network of recreational trails ranging from easy to difficult, or test your skills on the challenging mountain biking competition course constructed for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
The granite peaks of the You Yangs offer many exciting rides for mountain bikers, including a designated down-hill course with natural rock ramps and fast runs. There are also over 8 kilometres of single wheel cross-country tracks which provide spectacular views and a wide range of difficulty and speed.
The ancient hills of the Ararat Hills Regional Park offer magnificent views of the Grampians, Mount Langi Ghiran and Green Hills Lake. The keen cyclist can explore the park on the extensive network of gravel roads and perhaps encounter its resident grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies and echidnas.
Located on Bowden Spur Road approximately 200m from the intersection of the Kinglake-Whittlesea Road in Kinglake Central, the 2km long trail at Bowden Spur is designed to delight and challenge experienced downhill mountain bike riders. Named Shepherds, it has a number of dirt jumps, rock gardens, bomb holes, flowing earth berms and contains large sections of off-camber riding and has the extremely difficult rating of Double Black Diamond.
Ride beneath the magnificent mountain ash forests of this park on the network of roads and designated cycling tracks that wind throughout the hills.
Two thirds of this island is national park, and its isolated location and limited vehicle access make it a haven of peace and quiet for mountain bikers. Catch the ferry to the island from Stoney Point and experience wonderful rides through a wide range of habitats.
Pictured: Bowden Spur track - Kinglake NP (left); cycling in the Dandenong Ranges (right)
Cycle safe and protect your parks
- Always be considerate of other trail users.
- Ride at a safe speed and wear a helmet at all times.
- Ride only on tracks open to cyclists, including management vehicle tracks and roads.
- Birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are protected in all parks. Respect their presence.
- By staying on tracks, avoiding skidding and not cutting corners, you can prevent erosion and track degradation, helping keep tracks open for all riders.
Melbourne Bike Share www.melbournebikeshare.com.au
Rail Trails Australia www.railtrails.org.au
Bicycle Network www.bicyclenetwork.com.au