Distance
17.62 km
Ascent
822 m
Descent
826 m
Peak
211 m
Difficulty
Advanced
Duration
2-4 hrs
Lysterfield Park – Ride One

Overview

Lysterfield Park is a mountain biking’s paradise with dedicated trails for the beginner and experienced rider, and everything in between. 

All trails are extremely well signposted and at the trail head – in the car park immediately near the park entrance – is a map of the trails and an indication of the trail grading or difficulty. These rides are at each extreme of the technical challenge scale and demonstrate that this is not a location to visit only once, but would be ideal to return to as your skill level improves with practice.

Technical rocky stretchFor the beginner, the ride around the lake is a great introduction to mountain biking on a wide, unsealed trail. The longer ride involves a giant loop around the park and links most of the established trails from beginner to advanced level. On your first visit, this loop gives you an introduction to the entire park, and of course, once you’ve sampled what there is on offer, you will no doubt choose your own combination of trails to suit your level of experience or preferred terrain. The Commonwealth Games circuit is a beauty and not for the faint hearted. Even an inexperienced can manage to ride the trails. It is just a matter of choosing a speed you will be comfortable with and skirting, or walking, any of the challenges which you aren’t confident in handling.

Terrain

A wide singletrack through alpine forest with some technical stretches. Some portions of the trail may require you to walk your bike.

Access

The main park entrance is at the end of Horswood Road, Lysterfield which runs west from Belgrave- Hallam Road. Second access to the park from Hallam North Road via Churchill Park Drive leads directly to the Commonwealth Games course.

Food and drink

Trailmix encompasses a café, bike store (which hires mountain bikes) and information center. It is located in the former park visitor information center near the main car parks and is open every day except Monday.

More details

Watch for the signThe site was chosen for the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the course that was developed specifically is open to the public.

Thankfully, the most technical parts of the course do offer some exit points and detours so even if you don’t choose to ride those more difficult sections, you can enjoy other friends taking the challenge. Take note that the course is one-way only in an anti-clockwise direction.

Trails get busy on the weekends and so you might consider a ride mid-week if you’re attempting the more challenging ones for the first time … at least you can eliminate any performance anxiety if there are fewer spectators! Remember trail etiquette at all times and be mindful that some trails in the park are shared trails, and that others are for equestrian or pedestrian use exclusively. Stick to established and marked trails and observe any signs indicating temporary closures as the long term sustainability of mountain biking relies on everyone’s cooperation.

At the end of the rides, picnic areas by the lake offer a great place to relax. A swim in the lake at one of the designated beaches is a perfect way to cool off before heading home.

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Fitness Level:
Low
Medium
High
Ultra Fit
Various
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
Gravel Road
Trail Signage:
Excellent
Good
Average
Poor
Non Existant
Mobile Coverage:
Excellent
Good
Limited
Nil
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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