Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Mount Robertson Mineshaft
The focus of this ride, the impressive timber Mount Robertson Mine battery framework, went up in flames in 2009 but it’s still a nice loop in the drier months and the bushfires did a great job of opening up the views from the 614m summit of Mount Robertson. Good descent along Boggy Creek Road and the narrow dirt sections through the forest are fun.
Mount Robertson State Forest is a narrow strip of logging country wedged in next to Kinglake National Park. In days gone by it offered hope of a gold strike, with a mine established just off Mount Robertson Road with its own stamper battery and an incline tramway down to a creek. The timber framework went up in smoke in the 2009 bushfires and the Department of Sustainability and Environment used the leftovers to fill in the dangerous mineshaft.
You reach the mine site six kilometres into this ride after an easy warm-up on gravel, but then things get a little more serious as you take a short singletrack section downhill to reach an old logging route running roughly parallel to Mount Robertson Road. More singletrack, with lots of ruts and bog holes that are murder in winter, takes you back to Mount Robertson Road before you head south to the mountain’s summit, followed by a good descent on Boggy Creek Road to what was still a burnt out bridge at the time of writing. It was possible to cross the remains of the bridge carefully on foot, while trail bike riders had created their own rutted alternative creek crossing slightly upstream.
Boggy Spur Track takes you back up to the ridge line via Eagle Glen Track. There are a couple of other options to get you out of the valley, with the ridiculously steep Break O’Day Track best avoided. As you get more familiar with this area you will discover many singletracks to come back to explore.
Expect to spend half a day here. The tree cover is growing back so this is not a bad option for the hotter months but ignore the place in winter, if only to avoid contributing to the erosion.
The ride starts in Mount Robertson State Forest around 37 50km north east of Melbourne. To get there take Plenty Road (C727) and Whittlesea-Yea Road (C725) north from the city and turn right at Kinglake West on Whittlesea-Kinglake Road (C724). From Kinglake Central, turn left near the school, onto Extons Road for about seven kilometres. This becomes Mount Robertson Road and enters Mount Robertson State Forest, where the picnic area on the right is our starting point (Vicroads 61G9).
Food and Drink
Nothing available on the ride or near the start so stock up in Whittlesea or before you leave home.
This area is littered with singletrack loops so consider exploring after you have finished this ride.
19.701 km / 12.242 mi
470 m / 1,540 ft
614 m / 2,015 ft