Simple navigation, this is roadside singletrack with a bit of everything mountain biking lovers look for and is a fantastic tour of some of the best wineries and other attractions on the peninsula. Hills are gentle and at times the track is secluded. Intermittently, you ride on a carpet of pine needles and smooth compacted dirt, with tree roots, ruts and wet spots adding variety and interest. The final stretch is an easy downhill slope through to the café finish.
This ride is best done in summer as Red Hill gets high rainfall and tracks can get very muddy. Warmer weather is also the best time to sample the local produce or visit the market. There are so many interesting sights along the way it would be a pity to miss the experience even if your off-road skills are limited or you are not confident in the tricky stuff. Often the best way is to give it a go and if need be, walk the technical bits. For skilled explorers, there is a lot of fun without anything being highly demanding.
The ride is mainly on roadside singletrack with some mellow hills and tree roots.
Red Hill is on the Mornington Peninsula, about an hour and a half southeast of Melbourne; Melway 190 E3. Start of the ride is at the intersection of Arthurs Seat Road and Mornington-Flinders Road (same start as rides 71 and 72). If you are planning to ride close to school start or finish times, please do not park near the school.
Food and Drink
Café at the start/finish. The café is very bike-friendly with everything from healthy tucker to fun food and boutique beers, local wine, and friendly staff. The café provides caffeine and fuel for the local MTB club, Red Hill riders.
From the start, there is a gentle downhill before exposed tree roots get your attention. At the 3km mark, you exit a tunnel of trees onto grass beside Roberts Road, then you need to turn hard left to pick up the next part of track opposite the winery.
At times, the singletrack is on one side of the road then switches to the other side. The log gives you directions but if in doubt, just explore both sides of the road. Purves Road is the location of a horse riding establishment near the 14km point – often the track gets cut up and muddy between Greens Bush and where the horse rides start.
Turning into Pindara Road marks the high point of the ride, but take care while you swoop downhill as you can meet cars.
You pass many of the peninsula’s top wineries, strawberry, and olive farms plus a car museum and a maze on the ride. Clean up after the ride and explore. Arthurs Seat lookout and Red Hill market also nearby. Red Hill market runs on the first Saturday each month from September to May 8am – 1pm. Melway 190 J4. Telephone (03) 5988 4424.
- Start on the right-hand side of Mornington-Flinders Rd near the shops and head downhill. This starts as a service road then becomes a singletrack further on.
- 3.2 As you emerge from under the trees onto grass at Roberts Rd, near property number 10, turn hard left and cross to the other side of Mornington-Flinders Rd and pick up the trail near ‘10 Minutes By Tractor’ winery.
- 4.2 Cross Shands Rd and keep going.
- 8.2 Turn right at Baldrys Rd. Singletrack is on the lefthand side.
- 9.3 Cross to the right-hand side of the road and continue.
- 10.5 Track continues on the left-hand side.
- 12.8 At the Purves Rd roundabout, turn right and continue on the singletrack on the right-hand side. This is a popular horse riding section for the next 2km. If the track is too boggy, try the other side of the road or the edge of the road. (Nice views down to the bay at 15km.)
- 15.7 Cross to the left-hand side at the equestrian sign.
- 18.4 Turn right at Pindara Rd, just past the Maze entrance. Take care on the downhill as you may meet a car.
- 19.3 At the end of Pindara Rd, cross Arthurs Seat Rd and follow the singletrack on the left-hand side near the equestrian sign.
- 20.2 Veer right at the dirt road (left takes you to the quarry entrance).
- 23.0 Finish at the café.
22.282 km / 13.846 mi
582 m / 1,908 ft
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