Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Murrindindi River Ride

A beautiful ride beside the fast flowing Murrindindi River. If you are new to mountain biking, this is an ideal ride because the terrain gives you a sense of engagement without being too difficult. Once you pass the campsites it is unusual to meet anyone. You can ride as far as you like then return, or do the whole distance. This trail was originally a walking track so please slow down if you meet a walker along the way.

The first part of this ride is also traversed in Wilhelmina Falls. You very quickly feel a sense of isolation after leaving the camping area; the only sound you usually hear is the rushing of the nearby river and the fascinating calls of resident lyrebirds. Summer shade and cooling waters are hard to resist. Be cautious in the wet as parts of the ungroomed trail can be quite slippery, and you need to be vigilant in case the leeches take a liking to you! There are a couple of short steep hills and descents and a few stairs that are avoided on the return trip.

At the turnaround point you can choose to return along Bull Creek Road. This is a relatively flat logging road with occasional chunks of large rocks on a dirt surface. If you are very fit and want a real challenge, turn right at the turnaround. This takes you up a very steep climb to Murrindindi Road near the beautiful river cascades and viewing area. If you are keen to explore further, refer to the recommended map and try Ecks Road and Dindi Log Road. The return ride along the river track has an optional short diversion to avoid a steep hill and stairs.

Traditionally, trail maintenance has been minimal however at the time of writing, the track was in very good condition. It’s great to ride this in the heat — plenty of shade and options to paddle in the river.

Access

Murrindindi Scenic Reserve is about 60 kilometres north-east of Melbourne at the northern end of Toolangi State Forest. (Melway X910 R10). Take the Melba Highway through Yarra Glen and Glenburn. Turn right at Murrindindi Road just before Devlins Bridge. Follow the signs for approximately 10 kilometres to the Murrindindi Suspension Bridge campground which is accessed by Wilhelmina Falls Road.

Food and Drink

Nothing available at the start, so bring all you need. Plenty of water available from the mountain streams along the ride.

Side Trip

Camp for a few days and explore. Modest fees payable at self-serve permit box at Suspension Bridge campground (early arrival advisable in popular periods). Fishing: take the family to the bottom of Wilhelmina Falls– kids will have a ball frolicking in the river shallows or riding bikes along flat sections of river trail.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Cross the suspension bridge, turn right and follow the Murrindindi River Walk signs.
  • 4.9 At the Booroondara Track sign, turn left then a short distance later turn right through the car park. Cross Falls Creek Rd and continue on the river track. The entrance to the track is signed.
  • 6.3 Take care on the steep descent which leads to some steps.
  • 6.4 At Bull Creek Rd turn right, cross the bridge, then turn left onto the signed track.
  • 9.6 Turn around point. If you prefer to return by road, turn left to Bulls Creek Rd. This is relatively flat with little or no traffic.
  • 12.6 To avoid steps and a steep climb on the river track, turn left at Bull Creek Rd then right onto Murrindindi Rd for a short distance. Take care as there can be traffic.
  • 13.7 Turn right at Falls Creek Rd, cross the bridge, then continue on the river track the way you came.
  • 18.8 Finish.
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    17.982 km / 11.173 mi

    Total Distance

    522 m / 1,714 ft

    Total Ascent

    503 m / 1,651 ft

    Total Descent

    401 m / 1,316 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: 18.4
    Elevation Gain: 462
    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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