Cycle Melbourne, Road Riding, Scotchmans Creek to Jells Park
Scotchmans Creek Trail provides a good link between the outer eastern suburbs and the popular commuter routes of the Anniversary and Gardiners Creek trails which take cyclists towards the city. The linear parks which you ride through provide pleasant surrounds.
There are many direction signs to help you along the trail, but watch out for the ones which local wags have spun around possibly directing you the wrong way. If in doubt consult this ride log. Just outside the East Malvern railway station, the trail begins at the southern end of the overpass and heads east. The trail is generally well defined but as you head east you encounter a couple of gaps where you are directed on to quiet suburban streets.
At time of writing the section from 7.1 to 7.8km is due to be replaced. After crossing Waverley Road for the last time you ride on and off paths and streets all the way to Jells Park. At 12.9km you will see signs for Scotchmans Creek trail directing you left and straight ahead. This log uses the left path as the route straight ahead is all on-road. After crossing Warrigal Road you see Scotchmans Creek for the first time. Don’t be disappointed; it gets better almost immediately as the trail enters a string of landscaped linear parks running along the watercourse.
These parks continue right up to Blackburn Road and present some great opportunities along the way to stop and enjoy the scenery. There are several sections of wetlands which have been created along the way. They form part of a stormwater and flood protection system and have been extensively landscaped and are well maintained. They offer an ideal habitat for a range of bird species and it’s terrific to see how many birds are flourishing right in the middle of the suburbs. There are a few climbs as you work your way through Wheelers Hill, but once you reach the entrance to Jells Park on Jells Road, you’re rewarded with a nice downhill run on a shared path to Jells Lake.
Jells Park has a number of picnic spots and barbecue areas and the well maintained toilets are within easy reach at a few locations in the park. It’s a popular spot on weekends and if you’re organised, plan ahead and consider a picnic at the end of your ride. There are 9km of paths in the park including an unsealed path around the lake and through a conservation area. The Dandenong Creek Trail also traverses the park if you want to ride further and the EastLink Trail is nearby.
If you’re coming by train, start at East Malvern railway station. There is ample parking at the station on weekends but it can be tight during the week.
Food and Drink
En route you’ll only find water taps. When you finish in Jells Park, there is a café at the visitors centre. Sit outside on a nice day and enjoy wonderful views across the lake to the Dandenong Ranges.
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