Green Bush

Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Green Bush

This loop ride is a shorter and less demanding companion ride to Sandy Riders’ Delight (Ride 70) and shares the same starting point. Road side singletrack climbs gently up to Greens Bush before you travel through an avenue of grass trees. There are some soft sandy parts of trail that are great fun to ride, amid some beautiful sections of Mornington Peninsula bushland on varied terrain. Your return trip follows the outbound route except this time it is mainly downhill.

Greens Bush is part of Mornington Peninsula National Park and boasts the largest area of remnant bushland on the peninsula, with eucalypt forests, fern gullies, heath and grasslands. Many visitors are surprised to discover the extent and variety of bush as the peninsula is more widely recognised for its beaches and rugged coastline. Another less well known feature of the peninsula is food production. At 11.7km on this ride, a short diversion provides a breathtaking view over a vast field of vegetables. Much of this produce is destined for export.

The Two Bays Walking Trail traverses Greens Bush, as well as several other shorter walks. All these trails are closed to cycling at present, so please do the right thing and do not ride on them. Local cycling club, Red Hill Riders, are currently negotiating with Parks Victoria to enable more access to trails on the peninsula; observing existing regulations will help their cause.

Access

This ride runs through Main Ridge, on the Mornington Peninsula, about an hour and a half south east of Melbourne; Melway map 170 E9. From Melbourne, take the Nepean Highway, Eastlink and Mornington Peninsula freeway. Exit the freeway at Boneo Road then left at Browns Road and continue to Grasslands Road. Drive to end of Grasslands to where the formed road ends, adjacent to property number 45.

Food and Drink

Nothing available on the ride. Closest available is Rosebud shopping precinct, about 4km from the start.

Side Trip

Peninsula Hot Springs (Melway 252 A2) is perfect for a post ride soak and/or meal and massage.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Head back along Grasslands Rd, the way you arrived.
  • 1.4 Cross Browns Rd and turn left. Ride along the grass, this takes you to the start of a road side singletrack.
  • 2.6 At the intersection, turn right and continue on the singletrack beside Browns Rd. (This has a couple of boggy spots in wet weather).
  • 4.1 Turn right at Hyslops Rd and continue to the end.
  • 5.7 Cross the horse stile and ride a short distance to the next trail intersection.
  • 5.9 At the intersection turn left, pass the signpost and map, then 40m later turn right onto Two Bays Trail and keep going straight ahead.
  • 6.9 Go through the gate and turn left onto Greens Rd.
  • 7.2 Turn right, cross the horse stile and continue on Limestone Rd. You can usually expect some soft boggy sections.
  • 8.0 Cross the horse stile and turn left onto the singletrack beside Baldrys Rd for a gentle climb.
  • 9.3 Turn left onto Greens Rd and continue, ignore side tracks.
  • 10.4 Keep going past Limestone Rd on your right.
  • 10.8 Turn right at gate 15 and start returning the way you came.
  • 11.7 Go through the gate, turn left onto Limestone Rd then immediately turn right. If you want to take in some great views of the market gardens with the bay in the background, continue down Limestone Rd for about 1km. (Use the singletrack beside the fence line on the right to avoid the soft sand.)
  • 13.6 Turn left onto the singletrack beside Browns Rd. and continue downhill.
  • 15.1 Turn left and continue beside Browns Rd.
  • 16.3 Turn right onto Grasslands Rd, continue to the end.
  • 17.7 Finish.
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    17.373 km / 10.795 mi

    Total Distance

    248 m / 813 ft

    Total Ascent

    203 m / 667 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: downhill
    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): 17.5
    Elevation Gain (metres): 250
    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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