Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Mount Robertson Roller

Mount Robertson Roller is an undulating ride with a mix of open gravel roads and narrow downhill dirt tracks through pine forest. The ride also takes you into some pretty gullies dotted with ferns and eucalypts that have escaped the bulldozer. It also gives you a good feel for the area where new singletracks continually evolve and invite further investigation.

This used to be a fairly easy ride on hot days thanks to the tree cover, but the 2009 bushfires destroyed most of the pine trees and the seedlings will take a while to grow. In the meantime it’s still a lot of fun for two or three hours in spring and autumn and the views are more extensive than in the past.

From the car parking area you head out along a gravel track before reaching the first of a series of clay twin tracks that dot the plantation. You then return to Hakea Road before a water-side ramble, next to Mathieson Creek. Pheasant Creek marks the boundary between the plantation and Mount Robertson State Forest, the location of our next ride, Mount Robertson Mineshaft. From here the zigzagging continues, with a nice easy section of gravel near Stony Creek before you emerge from an overgrown singletrack into civilisation.

That just leaves a bit of a chug up a dirt track near Whittlesea-Yea Road to get back to your car.

Because of the elevation it is usually a bit cooler here in the summer than in Melbourne and be sure to bring a jacket if a change in weather is predicted.

Access

The ride is based around the Kinglake Ranges around 55km north west of Melbourne. Take Plenty Road (C727) and Whittlesea-Yea Road (C725) from Melbourne towards Kinglake West, then continue north towards Flowerdale, passing the Kinglake Ranges Wilderness Camp on the left. After 3km you will see the Mount Robertson Plantation on your right. Turn right after 500m into Hakea Road. Park in the clearing near Whittlesea-Yea Road but keep clear of the gravel piles (Vicroads Directory 61E9).

Food and Drink

Nothing available on the ride so it is best to bring provisions with you or shop in Whittlesea on the way up. We don’t recommend drinking from the streams, due to the clay run-off.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Reset computer in the clearing on Hakea Rd and follow it away from Whittlesea-Yea Rd into the plantation. Ignore side tracks.
  • 2.0 Continue on Hakea Rd around the left turn over the creek, ignoring all side tracks, then pass a quarry on your right.
  • 3.0 Turn right onto Tank Rd.
  • 4.3 Follow Tank Rd to the left.
  • 4.4 Turn left onto the singletrack immediately after the creek.
  • 5.6 Turn right at crossroads back onto Hakea Rd.
  • 6.0 Turn right at crossroads onto Watsons Rd.
  • 7.5 Ignore Tank Rd on the right, and all the minor tracks.
  • 8.0 Turn left onto the track next to a creek after Watsons Rd crosses a gully.
  • 10.3 Turn right onto Hakea Rd and ignore all side tracks.
  • 11.2 Bear left at Y-intersection onto Arthurs Rd and ignore side tracks.
  • 13.9 Bear left on gravel, ignoring tracks on right.
  • 14.2 Turn right at T-intersection near boundary fence onto Pheasant Way and ignore side tracks. Arthurs Rd continues on the left towards Ride 40.
  • 15.2 Turn right (Pheasant Way was blocked by fallen trees at time of writing).
  • 15.4 Turn left and climb steep fire trail on foot, then ride past the blocked part of Pheasant Way on your left.
  • 17.1 Go straight ahead on Pheasant Way at Hakea Rd.
  • 17.4 Bear right at Y-intersection, still on Pheasant Way.
  • 17.8 Bear left at Strip Rd.
  • 18.1 Turn right at junction onto Comp 12, with Comp 14 on left.
  • 18.7 Turn right at T-intersection.
  • 19.4 Bear left, ignore track on right.
  • 20.4 Turn left at crossroads onto Hakea Rd.
  • 20.5 Go straight past Mathiesons Rd and minor tracks.
  • 21.9 Ignore Watsons Rd and stay on Hakea Rd.
  • 22.3 Cross gully and turn right immediately onto singletrack.
  • 23.4 Ignore track on left.
  • 23.7 Climb steep section on foot and turn right at the top on Stony Creek Rd.
  • 24.7 Turn right downhill from the clearing on an overgrown singletrack.
  • 25.1 Turn left near the settlement to go under powerlines and over an old bridge.
  • 25.2 You are next to Whittlesea-Yea Rd. Take gravel road uphill to the left.
  • 26.3 Turn right at the T-intersection and go around a fenced area at the top of the hill.
  • 27.8 Finish back in a clearing on Hakea Rd.
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    24.961 km / 15.51 mi

    Total Distance

    1,212 m / 3,975 ft

    Total Ascent

    1,214 m / 3,983 ft

    Total Descent

    517 m / 1,695 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    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: 27.8
    Elevation Gain: 715
    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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