Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Dam Views and Singletrack
How much contrast can you get in 25km? Plenty of singletrack, short steep gullies, climbs, descents, views and surprises. The ride takes you on an intriguing journey through the peninsula and into places where it feels like you are hundreds of kilometres into the bush. Along the way there are some tough riding challenges, plus a good chance of seeing kangaroos as you ride through Arthurs Seat State Park.
Eatons Cutting is the easiest way to climb to the high parts of the peninsula. Just after the start, the ride ducks off to the right and takes advantage of some singletrack before returning to the fire trail. At 1.9km you leave the cutting trail to confront a very steep short climb out of a gully, then some rough partially overgrown track beside a fence line, before emerging at the very beautiful and isolated ‘OT’ Dam, essentially a fire-fighting facility. Please do the right thing, follow the signs and walk the short distance around the dam. More climbing follows with views down to a quarry and Port Phillip Bay.
Road side singletrack takes you down to Seamist Drive and great views of the bay. Large ships hug the coast below as they navigate the narrow channel down to Port Phillip Heads and Bass Strait. There is a very steep descent towards the end of Seamist Drive that takes you past another beautiful dam, McLaren’s, before you exit the park and turn onto Waterfall Gully Road. This begins as a dirt road and you ride past some houses as the road climbs, then suddenly, it gets steep, very steep! Some road side singletrack gets you back to Arthurs Seat State Park and at the 20.4km distance you have two options to get back to the start.
The first is to turn left and retrace your outbound route past OT Dam. For an easier, more direct route with a longer, fast flowing descent, continue on the road side singletrack another 2km and turn left down Eatons Cutting.
The ride starts at Eatons Cutting, Dromana, on the Mornington Peninsula, about one and a half hours’ 67 68 71 72 73 drive to the south-east of Melbourne (Melway map 160). To get there from Melbourne, turn off the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Dromana, then turn left onto Boundary Road. Eatons Cutting is unsigned and is just past the entrance to Dromana quarry. Eatons Cutting has a steel gate. Please do not obstruct the gateway; park opposite on Boundary Road.
Food and Drink
Nothing available at the start. Café on MorningtonFlinders Road just after the end of Eatons Cutting.
Seawinds in Arthurs Seat State Park has beautiful picnic facilities, walking trails and magnificent views of Port Phillip Bay and Mornington Peninsula. You pass Seawinds at the 7.6 km point on this ride.
Longer option: For a less direct route to the finish, turn left at 20.4km, at Arthurs Seat State Park sign, and return the way you came, via OT Dam and singletrack.
23.17 km / 14.397 mi
643 m / 2,110 ft
305 m / 1,002 ft