Cycle Victoria, Mountain Bike Ride, Echuca MTB River Track Ride

This is fun riding and combined with the scenery makes a great outing. Starting with riverside views of the Port of Echuca the ride heads under the towering road and rail bridges and enters forest and scrub on undulating terrain. The path offers narrow sections twisting through the dense scrub; eroded gullies full of jumps and climbs; and serene sections through tranquil forest, all close by the river. Along the way stop for a picnic on the side of the river and throw a line in.

Terrain

Mainly narrow rough tracks traversing forest and scrubland. Some sections are through gullies where there is a range of routes of varying difficulty.

Traffic

There are a few walkers and other bike riders. Caution needs to be taken on the sections where there is thick scrub, as with the twists on the path, it is not possible to see what is coming around the next turn.

Access

Echuca is 231 kilometres from Melbourne on the Calder Highway turning onto the Northern Highway (B75) at Kyneton and following it all the way to Echuca where it finally becomes Heygarth Street. The ride commences at the Echuca-Moama Visitor Information Centre in Heygarth Street (VicRoads Map 596:J6) just before the intersection with the Cobb Highway which heads into New South Wales.

Food and Drink

The Port of Echuca and Echuca shopping centre are close to the visitor information centre. You should fill your water bottles before you leave.

Side Trip

There are many tracks and paths running through the middle of this area. If you get disorientated you will either find the river or Pakenham Street if you ride out to the perimeter.

 

More Details

The ride starts at the visitor information centre. Following the path behind the centre, head toward the river and turn left onto the path that surrounds the small lake. As the path comes back to the railway line turn right onto the narrow track that heads down to the mooring inlet. Continue downward, passing the inlet on your left.

You will come out in a small car park looking across to the port with its pyloned jetty towering above the river. Invariably there will be paddlesteamers moored there, or coming and going with passengers.

Leaving the car park with the river on your left, follow the unmade road under the two bridges until you come to a pathway on the left crossing a small bridge. Follow this track until you come to a T-intersection where you will turn left. The track comes to the river and then heads inland again to a path off to the left where there is another small bridge to cross. The path becomes narrow, occasionally widening out at various riverside picnic areas where other tracks come in. Continuing along the side of the river the path becomes rutted in parts and comes to some gullied sections where you can have some fun going up and down the various crisscrossing tracks.

The path leaves the river and enters a forested area. When the track comes back to the river take the first left path that runs parallel to a creek bed The old road bridge marks the end of Pakenham Street, which you should follow back toward the town until you come to Bowen Street where you should turn right to get back into the forest. Turn left on the track behind the houses until you come to Middle Track. Heading left you will see the track heading along the levee bank, which you should ride along until it ends at the corner of Anstruther and Hovell streets.

Follow the track straight into the forest until you come to a T-intersection. Turn left and follow the track behind the timber mill until it meets the sealed shared pathway that heads under the bridges and back to the visitor information centre.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 The path starts behind the visitor information centre heading toward the bridges.
  • 0.1 Turn left on the levee bank path that surrounds the lake.
  • 0.4 Turn right onto the path just before the railway line and head down toward the mooring inlet, passing it on your left and enter the car park.
  • 0.6 Leaving the car park with the river on your left, follow the track under the two bridges.
  • 1.1 Take the small path on the left over the small bridge.
  • 1.3 The track comes to an intersection where you turn left.
  • 1.4 The track comes to the river and then heads back inland.
  • 1.5 Turn left at the narrow path crossing another bridge. The narrow track twists through the bush, occasionally opening up onto a riverbank picnic spot. Keep following the left track
  • . 3.3 Middle Track, which provides a short cut back to Packenham St ends here. Keep following the left hand track.
  • 3.9 The track now heads into more open bushland. Stay on this track, as the left hand tracks are dead ends.
  • 4.2 As this track heads back inland take the smaller path to the left that follows the creek bed away from the river.
  • 4.8 You will see an old road bridge ahead to the left, which you should head for.
  • 4.9 At the bridge turn to the right and ride along Packenham St until you reach Bowen St.
  • 5.2 Turn back into the forest between the houses.
  • 5.3 Turn immediately left, riding behind the houses until you come to Middle Track.
  • 5.6 Turn left onto Middle Track and then immediately right onto the levee bank track until you come to the intersection of Anstruther and Hovell streets
  • . 5.9 Turn right and follow the bush track straight ahead. There is a left path you could follow around the back of the old sawmill, but it is very boggy.
  • 6.1 Take the track to the left until you come to a Tintersection.
  • 6.4 Turn right, heading back toward the road where you join the sealed shared pathway.
  • 6.7 Turn right onto the pathway heading back under the bridges.
  • 7.0 Return to the visitor information centre and the end of the ride.
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    7.045 km / 4.378 mi

    Total Distance

    69 m / 227 ft

    Total Ascent

    69 m / 227 ft

    Total Descent

    112 m / 367 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: options
    Fitness Level: Varied
    MTB Segment: flow
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Estimated Distance: 7.0
    Elevation Gain: 138
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber

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