Kinglake Canter

Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Kinglake Canter

A seven kilometre rollercoaster climb from the West Bridge valley of hobby farms to the top of the Kinglake Ranges sets the scene for this loop through the forest. This area took a real beating in the 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires but has bounced back with enhanced views. Great downhills as a reward for the easy but consistent climb just after the start. Lots of narrow tracks in the dirt.

The first section of Captains Creek Road is well maintained but it gets rougher as you ride away from civilisation and into Kinglake National Park. Evidence of the 2009 bushfires is still all around. The tree cover is growing back fairly quickly but, in the meantime, you do get a better view across the hills than you used to from the ridge line and the reduction in leaf litter means the tracks are surprisingly clean, apart from the occasional dead tree that has belatedly hit the dirt.

Once you pass Wombelano Falls, you can meet an oncoming car even though it feels to be an isolated area. Extons Road has copped a spray from the bitumen machine since the bushfires but the singletrack on the left is a good option. Then you re-enter the national park at Candlebark Track for some delightful downhills, complete with erosion-bank jumps. You can really move quickly along here and the sense of speed is enhanced by fast passage past the trees.

You will be brought back to earth by Perimeter Track, which features one of the steepest climbs in this book. If you can make it up here without walking you are doing really well. Burgan Track brings you back to Captains Creek Road for a short downhill run back to the start.

Access

The ride is located in Kinglake National Park, and the start is around 55km north east of Melbourne. Take the Melba Highway from Yarra Glen, past the Kinglake/ Toolangi crossroads. Turn left at Westbridge Road and follow for 3km to our start/finish point at the intersection of Eucalyptus and Captains Creek roads (Melway X910 Q10).

Food and Drink

Stock up in Yarra Glen or Kinglake before you start this ride as it is in an isolated part of the national park where there are no facilities.

Side Trip

Wombelano Falls are a 1.5km return (30 minute) walk from a clearly-signed entry on this ride. Well worth the effort if there’s been some rain but not very exciting if it has been dr

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Reset your computer at the intersection of Captains Creek and Eucalyptus roads and ride up Captains Creek Rd.
  • 2.4 Ignore Boggy Creek Rd on the right. There are several steep pinches ahead.
  • 4.0 Ignore Easement Track on your left.
  • 5.6 Optional short walk to Wombelano Falls viewing area.
  • 7.3 Go straight ahead.
  • 8.0 Turn right on Extons Rd, and use the singletrack on the left.
  • 9.8 Turn right onto Candlebark Track (The sign is obscured).
  • 10.1 Turn left at Eagle Glen Track.
  • 11.9 Turn right at Little Boggy Creek Track.
  • 12.0 Turn left on Boggy Spur Track.
  • 12.7 Ignore Little Boggy Spur Track on right.
  • 13.1 Ignore Glenburn Spur Track on your right.
  • 15.0 Turn right at the crossroads along Boggy Creek Rd.
  • 16.0 Turn left at Perimeter Track opposite Glenburn Spur Track.
  • 18.4 Turn left at the red steel gate. (sign: ‘Burgan Track’).
  • 19.7 Keep left on Burgan Track. Scentbark Track on the right.
  • 20.4 Cross the creek.
  • 21.3 Turn right at T-intersection, staying on Burgan Track.
  • 23.6 Go straight ahead on Burgan Track at Candlebark Track.
  • 23.9 Go around the gate and stay on Burgan Track.
  • 24.5 Turn left on Captains Creek Rd.
  • 25.0 Finish at the corner of Eucalyptus Rd.
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    24.51 km / 15.23 mi

    Total Distance

    645 m / 2,117 ft

    Total Ascent

    608 m / 1,996 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: 1/2 day
    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): 25.0
    Elevation Gain (metres): 673
    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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