A traffic-free former military reserve with a series of meandering trails provides a fabulous opportunity for less experienced mountain biking lovers and family groups to get a taste of riding in the bush. The ride may appear to have a lot of directions; however, it gives you an introduction to the best riding in the reserve and you will be able to do different rides with confidence when you return.
The reserve provides a quite flat cycling in a natural setting making it ideal for family rides. More experienced explorers can also have a lot of fun on the network of trails and you can link together a number of different routes once you get to know the place.
As you meander around the reserve, it is hard to imagine how it was in the past. All that remains today is the reservoir and a few isolated lumps of concrete.
As the vegetation continues to develop in the reserve, there is a growing presence of birds and small fauna, some of which you will see and hear as you ride. Soon after the start, you pass the reservoir and skirt an area with soft sandy singletrack before following a wider track along the perimeter. There is little chance of becoming lost as you follow a series of twists and turns along the network of tracks; the reserve has well-defined borders. Remember the sunscreen in warmer weather as the tree shade is intermittent.
Most of the trail surfaces are firm natural earth with some areas of sand. There is a stretch of soft sandy singletrack with some twists and turns.
Langwarrin is situated close to Frankston, near the northernmost extremity of Mornington Peninsula. By car, take the Cranbourne Road to turn off from the Frankston Freeway and turn right on McClelland Drive. The entrance to the reserve is Melway 103 D10. By rail, take the train to Frankston and ride the FrankstonBaxter Trail from near the station in Playne Street to the park entrance; or catch the infrequent Stony Point diesel service to Baxter and ride back to the park along the Baxter Trail.
Food and drink
Nothing on site. The karingal shopping center is about 1km from the start of the ride.
In colonial days, this was a thriving military camp designed to form part of the ring of defenses on the Mornington Peninsula when invasion by Russians was feared. In 1886, 2195 men and 670 horses were engaged in defense exercises here. Later on, a military hospital and other facilities were constructed.
McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park is a short distance north on McClelland Road. Even if you are not drawn to this art form, the gallery is well worth a visit. It has a fine array of sculptures set in natural bushland.
- 0.0 Reset your tripmeter at the reserve entrance gate and proceed straight ahead on Centre Break
- 0.5 Turn left on Reservoir Track.
- 0.9 At the Y-intersection, bear left onto Tea-Tree Track.
- 1.2 Turn right at the T-intersection on McClelland Break, then follow the fence line along Telstra Track.
- 1.6 Keep going straight ahead on Dune Circuit Track.
- 1.7 Continue straight ahead.
- 2.0 Ignore all side-tracks as you continue ahead then turn right on SEC Break Track.
- 3.1 Keep going straight ahead at Long Crescent North Track.
- 3.3 At the Y-intersection on Stringybark Track, bear left.
- 3.8 Turn left then immediately right onto Aqueduct Track.
- 4.6 Keep going on Aqueduct Track.
- 5.2 At the T-intersection on Long Crescent South Track turn right.
- 5.5 Keep going straight ahead then turn right at Centre Break then left at Long Crescent North Track.
- 5.8 Keep going straight ahead at Owen Dawson Track.
- 5.9 At the Y-intersection veer left then turn left at Reservoir Track.
- 6.2 Turn left at Owen Dawson.
- 6.7 Keep going straight ahead at the cross tracks.
- 7.4 Turn right on Stringybark Track.
- 7.7 Turn right on Centre Break.
- 8.5 Turn left on Long Crescent South Track then right at Paperbark Track.
- 8.9 Turn left on Military Track at the crossroad.
- 9.3 At the T-intersection turn right on Long Crescent South Track.
- 9.4 Go through the gateway then just before the horse stile near Robinsons Rd, turn right at the T-intersection. Look for Paperbark Track sign on your right.
- 9.7 Turn right under the single wire fence on Paperbark Track.
- 9.9 Turn left at the crossroads on Military Track.
- 10.4 Turn right at the unsigned track.
- 10.6 Turn left, then right and go through the picnic area.
- 10.8 Turn right at McClelland Break and head through the car park to the gate.
- 11.0 Finish.
10.36 km / 6.437 mi
161 m / 527 ft
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