Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Kurth Kiln
This is a short companion to the previous ride (Ship Rock Roller) that starts in the same beautiful place. It is a fun course on overgrown tracks closed to vehicles and navigation is easy. The short rolling loop through the bush makes it ideal for beginners and there is nothing technical to cause concern apart from some potentially slippery places in the wet. Fit riders can do both rides in the same day.
This ride starts at the beautiful Kurth Kiln Picnic Ground Car Park then goes straight onto the dirt. The picnic area is ideal for a post ride feed. Sitting by the placid dam is an ideal way to unwind and reflect on the ride.
Kurth Kiln Track is a gently climbing double track and that’s the way this trip continues on Woodduck and Camp tracks. There is a nice stretch of single and double track beside Gembrook Launching Place Road before you ride down Gilwell Track. This is fun riding without challenging navigation. We have introduced many riders to this area over the years and it has become very popular. The riding environment is ideal as the trail network is not too technical. Most of the bush you ride through is re-growth timber that has its own particular beauty. The low trees enhance the distinctive variations in light and colour as you journey through the bush. We often see plenty of birds and animals in this area including eagles and wombats.
Kurth Kiln Regional Park is about 55km east of Melbourne, Melway page 14 R10. Take the Warburton Highway (B380) to Woori Yallock and turn right on Lusatia Park Road, two kilometres after the roundabout, heading towards Hoddles Creek. Turn right at the T-intersection with Gembrook-Launching Place Road (C424) and follow it past Beenak Road to Soldiers Road. Turn right and follow Soldiers to the Picnic Ground Car Park. This carpark is on the left nearest to the intersection with Beenak Road.
Food and Drink
Stock up before you come as there is no food or drink at Kurth Kiln. Gembrook is just 10km south, or you can buy at Woori Yallock on your way in.
Explore the singletrack at 2.8km or one of the many others you will see on the ride.
8.08 km / 5.021 mi
178 m / 585 ft
278 m / 913 ft