Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Wilhelmina Falls

The first five kilometres beside the shallow, fast flowing Murrindindi River is an absolute delight and the climb up Falls Creek Road will do wonders for your fitness. Wilhelmina Falls viewing platform overlooks the river valley below, then semi-overgrown bush trails lead to a steepish descent with some loose rock sections. The final stretch is an easy flat ride back to the start. The river track can get muddy in the wet; plenty of shade throughout.

The bridge crossing challenge! Photo Keiran Ryan The river track has quite a natural feel rather than being highly groomed. There are some long flat sections as you pass the beautiful campsites spread along the riverside. Expect some mud and slippery parts in the wet, especially on the hills. You are likely to see some wallabies and lyrebirds along the way; I saw six when researching this ride.

The five kilometre climb up Falls Creek Road is consistent rather than tough and it is the easiest way to access the higher parts of the area from Murrindindi River. If you want to extend your ride refer to the recommended map and explore the many options. You can continue from the falls to Black Range Road then drop down the ridgeline to our other rides at Buxton and Marysville.

Wilhelmina Falls usually has water flowing throughout the year but even in the dry it is worth going to the viewing platform just to take in the views of the valley and mountains beyond. This whole area was destroyed in 2009 fires and you can see stands of dead trees beside the amazing regrowth.

After leaving the falls, the dirt logging tracks are partially overgrown and have the feel of singletrack. Take care crossing the burnt bridge at 16.5km and also at 20.4km where the descent gets rocky.

Access

Murrindindi Scenic Reserve is about 60 kilometres north-east of Melbourne (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 veer right through the car park turn left at Falls Creek Rd and enjoy the climb.
  • 10.1 Turn left at the Jacksons Rd intersection and follow the signs to Wilhelmina Falls.
  • 11.6 Keep left at the intersection.
  • 11.8 Turn left onto the track.
  • 12.7 Turn right at the falls signpost.
  • 13.2 Leave your bike at the picnic table and walk about 100m down to the viewing platform. Begin your return journey on the track you rode in on.
  • 13.7 Turn left at the sign.
  • 14.4 Turn right at the Mill Track intersection.
  • 14.5 Turn left at the Waterwheel Track intersection.
  • 16.1 Turn left at Thompson’s Track.
  • 16.5 At the time of writing, the bridge had not been repaired after fire damage. Take care and cross on foot.
  • 17.6 Turn left at the junction.
  • 20.4 Take care on the rocky descent.
  • 20.8 At the intersection of Garlick and Jackson roads, continue on Jackson (Wilhelmina Falls sign to the left).
  • 24.6 At the intersection of Jackson, Banbury and Myles roads, turn left.
  • 26.0 Turn left towards Murrindindi Reserve.
  • 27.1 Keep left.
  • 28.4 Finish.
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    27.452 km / 17.058 mi

    Total Distance

    925 m / 3,034 ft

    Total Ascent

    902 m / 2,959 ft

    Total Descent

    748 m / 2,455 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: 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: 28.1
    Elevation Gain: 815
    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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