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.
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.
24.961 km / 15.51 mi
656 m / 2,153 ft
517 m / 1,695 ft