Cycle Melbourne, Road Ride, Sightseeing Ride, Two Creeks Loop
This is a relatively easy ride based on the Blind Creek and Ferny Creek trails. The route on mostly separate paths insulates you from the hustle and bustle of suburbia. Jells Park is a great park and the trails pass through enough pleasing parklands to make this an enjoyable short tour. Time your ride correctly and you might even be able to increase the ambience of the day with a wine tasting at a nearby vineyard.
The Dandenong Creek Trail takes you out of Jells Park to the start of the Blind Creek Trail. This takes you along sometimes narrow linear parklands east to the Ringwood-Belgrave Rail Trail. On the way you pass the large Knox shopping centre, where you can join the hordes for a retail fix if you feel the need and then at about 10km the more peaceful surrounds of the Knox Community Gardens where residents can lease small plots and tend their vegie gardens.
Within the gardens is the Old Orchard winery, which was, as the name suggests, established on an old orchard by Knox City Council as part of a work for the dole scheme, with grapes from South Australia. Now privately owned it is open to the public on the last weekend of each month. A short stretch through the bushland setting of the Reta Matthews Reserve encourages you to take it slowly and read the information signs. Further on, after crossing Dorset Road you ride past the Tim Neville Aboretum, which is a good spot for a rest break (especially if you did some wine tasting). Constructed in 1988, it was conceived as a site which could demonstrate to residents how their gardens could look through careful selection of vegetation. It now includes picnic and barbecue areas and an adventure playground. The Ringwood-Belgrave Rail Trail hugs the rail line all the way to Upper Ferntree Gully. When you leave this trail dismount and walk through the rail crossing and take particular care crossing busy Burwood Road.
Once across you have a short stint on quiet suburban streets before joining the Ferny Creek Trail. It is a good path with some nicely landscaped sections but as you get close to Stud Road you zip along a lineup of graffiti covered factory walls. This prepares you for negotiating the traffic lights at the frenetic Stud and Ferntree Gully roads intersection, before escaping down alongside the latter back to the peaceful Jells Park. If you feel like a wind down check out one of the maps in the park and cycle around some of the trails. The unsealed trail through the conservation area to the east of the lake is particularly peaceful.
The start and finish is at Jells Park, Waverley Road, Wheelers Hill. The ride passes right by Ferntree Gully and Upper Ferntree Gully stations.
Food and Drink
The ride base is the café at Jells Park. I can vouch for the milk shakes for post ride recovery. You pass Knox shopping centre which has a food hall and cafés and also at Ferntree Gully station there are shops. There are some water taps along the trail.
30.24 km / 18.79 mi
424 m / 1,391 ft
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