Murrindindi North

Cycle Melbourne, Mounatin BIke Ride, Murrindindi North

T his is an updated and slightly shorter version of a ride I published in 2002. It’s a beautiful jaunt through the forest scenery that takes you past singletracks cut by the motorbikes that you can explore on another visit. At the top of the climb you can also drop down over the ridge to our Buxton or Marysville rides or just enjoy the long downhill run home. The optional singletrack section is great if you enjoy jumping logs!

The first nine kilometres provides a nice warm up before an undemanding climb to near the top of Black Range. Further along old logging trails form a beautiful double track as you ride through a park-like setting in the forest. Apart from the singletrack section you can ride this any time of year.

Good summer shade for most of the trip, however make sure you are well prepared in the colder months as you gain considerable height. Being dressed in lightweight bike clothing on an exposed ridge top in cold weather is not recommended! This is one of those pleasant rides where the descent feels much longer than the climb. Take care on the first descent because there are a couple of loose rock sections that can bring you undone if you are travelling fast.

The unsigned singletrack is Sample Plot Track. Motorbikes have cut some channels in the track in places and they fill with water in the wet. There has been no maintenance on the track for some time and a handful of tree trunks are perfect for practising your jumping skills. Alternatively, follow the motorbike tracks around them. This is also an ideal track to bring a couple of friends to and do a bit of voluntary maintenance. If you want to avoid the singletrack, turn right a short distance past it on Higginbotham Track as both tracks intersect at 23.2km.

After another short climb there is a long flowing descent back to Ginter Road and you pass a beautiful stand of ferns before an easy ride back to the start at the Suspension Bridge campground. If you plan to return and explore some of the singletracks, make sure you have the recommended map and that you understand contour lines.

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 stream at the start.

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 Start at Murrindindi suspension bridge campground, near the picnic shelter and toilets. Ride through the campground and turn right on Wilhelmina Falls Rd.
  • 2.2 Turn right at Banbury Rd.
  • 3.7 Keep going on Myles Rd.
  • 6.7 At the Y-intersection take the left hand fork onto Ginters Rd.
  • 7.4 Keep left on Ginters Rd. (Track on your right is Ault Beeac and although it looks inviting, it gets very steep and rocky.)
  • 8.4 Pass Higginbotham Track and keep going on Ginters Rd.
  • 9.9 At the Y-intersection take the right-hand fork up Tratford Break.
  • 12.2 At the intersection with North Eastern Rd, keep going on Tratford Break.
  • 14.3 At the Y-intersection take the left-hand fork; keep going past all side tracks.
  • 15.8 Keep going straight ahead at the Y-intersection.
  • 16.3 Veer left at the junction, then take care ahead as there is loose rock on a descent.
  • 17.9 At the intersection of Ginters and Stanley tracks, turn right.
  • 19.1 Turn left at the intersection of Ginters Break and Boundary Rd.
  • 19.9 At the intersection of Ginters and Boundary roads, turn left.
  • 20.2 Pass Beatsons Track, slow down and look for the singletrack on your right, about 100 m before Higginbotham Track. If the singletrack is too overgrown or muddy, turn right on Higginbotham Track instead.
  • 23.2 Turn right as the singletrack meets Higginbotham Track; ignore side tracks.
  • 24.6 At the Beatsons Track junction, turn left and continue on Higginbotham Track.
  • 25.3 Continue on Higginbotham Track, past Balaclava Track.
  • 27.9 Continue on Higginbotham Track past McMaster’s Track.
  • 28.4 Keep left past West Tower Track and take care on the rocky descent.
  • 29.6 Turn right onto Ginters Rd.
  • 30.6 Keep going straight ahead.
  • 32.2 Keep going on Banbury Rd.
  • 35.7 Turn left on Wilhelmina Falls Rd.
  • 36.8 Keep going past Marginal Rd.
  • 37.8 Turn left into the campground.
  • 38.0 Finish.
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    37.297 km / 23.175 mi

    Total Distance

    847 m / 2,780 ft

    Total Ascent

    758 m / 2,488 ft

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    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 (Kms): 38.0
    Elevation Gain (metres): 906
    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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