Kororoit Creek MTB

Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Kororoit Creek MTB

One day Kororoit Creek will be a ‘linear park’ flanked by concrete shared-use paths of the regulation 2.5m width, picnic tables and ‘wetlands’ (what we used to know as stormwater retarding basins). Right now it’s still a bit of a secret, with a stretch of concrete leading into Caroline Springs, another between Ardeer and Brooklyn and lots of dirt and rocks in between. Just the way we like it.

Our ride starts on the banks of Kororoit Creek, on the site of the Williamstown Racecourse, built in 1870, which was rather flood prone. The owners cunningly dealt with the problem by building picket fences that would swing up out of the way of the raging water and debris. Make sure to wear sunscreen on warm days as there is not much shade on this ride and not surprisingly, we don’t recommend this ride after heavy rain as you need to ford the creek in two places. From here there is a concrete stretch to warm up on before the ride crosses the Altona railway line and busy Millers Road. Once you have gone past a gate, it is into the dirt on a stopbank beside Cherry Lake, then off the stopbank and over another set of railway lines to begin a lengthy stretch beside the creek. Much of the area was covered by volcanic rock during eruptions in Victoria’s ancient past with plenty of lumps of it still in evidence.

Line selection is important, especially for the back wheel if you don’t want to lose traction over bumps. The first of several fords of the creek, under the West Gate Freeway, is fairly rocky and we recommend you carry your bike and be prepared to get wet feet rather than a dunking, unless you are very competent riding in water. From here the ride meanders under a couple of old bridges, the first a bluestone one that once carried the

Princes Highway and the second, made of brick, carried Melbourne’s sewerage to Werribee and is now part of the Federation Trail. Near the halfway mark, there is an opportunity to shorten the ride and catch a train back to town from Sunshine station. The path gets rougher from here, although nothing too severe, before another creek crossing and a large patch of ground popular with four-wheel-drive vehicles. The concrete resumes on the outskirts of Caroline Springs, from where you can arrange a pick-up or ride back the way you came to Sunshine or Altona.

Access

Train: Take a Werribee line service that stops at Seaholme, find Millers Road to the west and ride along it to our start point in Altona Coastal Park on the right.

Bike: You can ride to the start via the Bayside Trail from Williamstown.

Car: Drivers can find a parking spot in Racecourse Road or Altona Road off Kororoit Creek Road (Melway 55 C8).

Food and Drink

There are no food services near the start of this ride but you can make a sidetrip into civilisation at various points, such as at Glengala/Durham Road that you can use to reach the Sunshine shops, at 14.3km on our route.

Side Trip

The Bayside Trail, which passes our start point, offers a pleasant ride towards the city with views across Port Phillip and Hobsons bays.

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Reset tripmeter at remains of Williamstown Racecourse grandstand and head inland on the Kororoit Creek Trail, away from Altona Bay.
  • 0.4 Turn left on the trail near Altona Rd.
  • 0.7 Turn right at T-intersection, crossing Altona Rd and the railway tracks.
  • 1.4 Cross Millers Rd onto stopbank at yellow gate.
  • 2.5 Turn right off stopbank into Drake Blvd.
  • 3.0 Turn left at Kororoit Creek Rd near Signcraft Group building.
  • 3.4 Cross tracks and turn right onto railway service road.
  • 3.9 Turn left after the old portable toilet, watch for barbed wire, follow powerlines. Toll Business Park is on your left.
  • 4.7 Turn right on Barnes Rd bridge, cross then turn left immediately onto track.
  • 5.9 Turn left and stay near creek close to McArthurs Rd.
  • 7.0 Trail becomes a wide bitumen path near the sign: ‘MTU Detroit Diesel Australia’. Go straight up creek trail.
  • 7.5 Turn left at T-intersection then cross the rough ford under West Gate Fwy.
  • 8.0 Go under old bluestone bridge and Princes Hwy.
  • 8.4 Proceed straight under brick arches.
  • 9.0 Brooklyn landfill is on right, stay on gravel.
  • 10.4 Go under Somerville Rd.
  • 11.0 Go straight ahead at Learmonth Cres and watch for sign: ‘Friends of Kororoit Creek’.
  • 11.4 Short section of concrete path then go straight ahead at footbridge.
  • 11.8 Use vague singletrack near creek.
  • 13.0 Go straight ahead at footbridge.
  • 14.0 Ignore Derby Rd (a former road bridge on the right which is now a shared path).
  • 14.3 Go under the Glengala/Durham Rd bridge or take this road to catch the Sydenham line train home.
  • 14.7 Detour around rocks at footbridge and stay on the riverbank.
  • 15.3 Keep going straight ahead on concrete.
  • 15.5 Go straight ahead off concrete under rail and road bridges at Forrest St.
  • 16.1 Go under power transmission lines. Tower St is on left.
  • 17.3 Ignore next two footbridges.
  • 18.2 Turn right over footbridge after the gate. Signs: ‘Western Ring Path’.
  • 19.2 Turn left under Western Ring Rd and left again on Western Hwy (Ballarat Rd).
  • 19.8 Cross Ballarat Rd at the lights to Deer Park Hotel car park and pick up the creek trail at right hand corner.
  • 20.2 Turn left at road (Glenbrook Ave) and left again at Kimberley Rd.
  • 21.2 Cross bridge at Creekview Dr and turn right at Gurnung Dr. Creek on left.
  • 21.9 Turn right. Trail resumes in Mumil Ct. Go straight ahead off concrete under Station Rd bridges.
  • 22.5 Ignore footbridge.
  • 23.7 Turn right over footbridge and then left at gateway onto gravel.
  • 25.6 Cross ford and turn right.
  • 28.5 Kororoit Creek Trail turns to concrete for the ride into downtown Caroline Springs.
  • 30.0 Finish at Caroline Springs Blvd or return the way you came.
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    28.455 km / 17.681 mi

    Total Distance

    189 m / 621 ft

    Total Ascent

    78 m / 256 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: <1 hr
    Fitness Level: Medium
    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 (Kms): 29.4
    Elevation Gain (metres): 221
    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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