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.
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.
The Bayside Trail, which passes our start point, offers a pleasant ride towards the city with views across Port Phillip and Hobsons bays.
28.455 km / 17.681 mi
504 m / 1,653 ft
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