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.
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.
Peninsula Hot Springs (Melway 252 A2) is perfect for a post ride soak and/or meal and massage.
17.373 km / 10.795 mi
248 m / 813 ft
203 m / 667 ft