Andrew Hill

Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Andrew Hill

This is one of our favourite rides in the Kinglake area – lots of contrasts with a good section of singletrack. The route has a couple of tough climbs followed by fast, non-technical descents. After 1km of bitumen to warm up, this trip gets serious with a 3km climb to the top of Andrew Hill on a well-maintained fire trail with about 2km of singletrack before the fire trail resumes for the rest of the ride.

The length and the solid climbing make this a perfect ride for fitness. The scenic beauty of the area is another great attraction. Wildlife is often sighted and some lovely views unfold as you climb into the forest. You don’t need much in the way of technical skills to ride this with safety, but you will certainly feel that you have been mountain biking when you finish.

We would like to think you will spend half a day on this ride because it is a beauty, especially in spring and autumn, when it is neither too hot nor too chilly. The climb up Andrew Hill to the highest point in Kinglake National Park is a great warm up and the run around Mountain Creek Track that follows includes a nice downhill run. After the 2009 fires we saw a stag in here but we imagine he’s moved further from town now that the bush is growing back.

Once you emerge from Mountain Creek Track, you need to watch for the entrance to a singletrack section that takes you parallel to Eucalyptus Road before you cross it into Island Creek Track. Here a burnt bridge awaits replacement but can be crossed with care. After a short section on Captains Creek Road, you head northwest on Boggy Creek Road then this ride shares the last section of Kinglake Canter.

Access

This ride is located in and around Kinglake National Park about 60km 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

This is strictly a BYO affair, although Eucalyptus Rd/ Glenburn Rd will take you the 10km into Kinglake if you need supplies or a caffeine fix.

Side Trip

Consider staying overnight at The Gums camping area, further along Eucalyptus Road on the right from our start point if you are doing this ride and Kinglake Canter (ride 37) over a weekend. The campground has been beautifully rebuilt since the 2009 bushfires and is right across the road from the climb to the top of Andrew Hill. This is a simple, bush camp with toilet facilities and very pleasant camp sites.

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Reset your computer at the intersection of Captains Creek and Eucalyptus roads and ride up Eucalyptus/Glenburn Rd.
  • 1.1 Turn left at Andrew Hill Track sign (opposite The Gums camping area). The climb is moderate then gradually steepens.
  • 4.3 Andew Hill summit (625m). Follow Andrew Hill Track, Dusty Miller Track on the right.
  • 6.5 Go straight ahead on Mountain Creek Track.
  • 7.9 Go downhill on Mountain Creek Track, Dusty Miller Track on the right. 8.0 Ignore Stringybark Track on the right.
  • 9.8 At the end of Mountain Creek Track go around the gate and continue straight ahead. Watch for the link to a singletrack on the left and continue downhill on that.
  • 11.8 Exit the singletrack, cross Eucalyptus Rd and enter Island Creek Track directly opposite.
  • 12.0 Go through the gateway and take care as you cross over a burnt bridge, ignore side tracks.
  • 13.2 Turn right, stay on the main track and pass under the powerlines.
  • 13.5 Turn right on Powerline Track, then cross the bridge and go straight ahead.
  • 4.5 Ignore power transmission tower access track.
  • 14.7 Bear left on Easement Track.
  • 16.3 Go through gateway and turn right onto Captains Creek Rd.
  • 17.7 Turn left on Boggy Creek Rd.
  • 19.8 Stay on Boggy Creek Rd at the crossroads.
  • 20.8 Turn right onto Perimeter Track, passing the Kinglake National Park sign.
  • 22.3 Turn right on Burgan Track.
  • 23.6 Keep left on Burgan Track, Scentbark Track on the right.
  • 24.9 Turn right at the T-intersection, staying on Burgan Track.
  • 27.6 Ignore Candlebark Track on the right.
  • 27.9 Go around the gate.
  • 28.5 Turn left on Captains Creek Rd.
  • 29.1 Finish at intersection of Captains Creek and Eucalyptus roads.
  • Trail map

    Locate Me
    Get Directions
    Back

    28.141 km / 17.486 mi

    Total Distance

    937 m / 3,074 ft

    Total Ascent

    641 m / 2,103 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
    Fitness Level: High
    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): 29.0
    Elevation Gain (metres): 967
    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
    Loading comments...