Tiger Rail Trail MTB

Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Tiger Rail Trail

This is a simple, very pleasant out-and-back ride on a rail trail type of track. It is ideal for family groups or novice riders. Pleasant rural scenery and open fields unfold before a short climb to the taller timber. The start/finish is on the edge of town near the intersection of Colac–Forrest and Forrest- Birregurra roads.

This is a good introductory ride to get a feel for the area. There is quite a contrast between open fields near the start followed by a gradual entry into heavily timbered country, and you start to appreciate the impact of timber harvesting as the environment changes along the route. This is an all-weather trail surface and you will never find yourself far from Forrest–Birregurra Road. There is nothing technical about the trail and you could easily do it on a hybrid.

We often find that experienced mountain bikers with a young family or partner just starting to ride off road are looking for places to enjoy together. This ride fits the bill perfectly – no traffic, nothing technical; beautiful scenery, and one climb to provide a sense of achievement.


By car: Forrest is 156km or around an hour forty-five to the West of Melbourne. (Melway map X926 K9). Take the Princes Highway to Colac then the Forrest- Birregurra Road. The start/finish for this ride is on the edge of town near the intersection of Colac-Forrest Road and Forrest–Birregurra Road (aka Grant Street, the main road through Forrest).

Food and Drink

You can get a small range of snacks from the general store in the main street of Forrest. Grocery shopping in the town of Forrest is limited so it pays to stock up before you come. The Forrest general store has a range of essentials but for supermarkets, stop at Colac on the way.

Side Trip

Visit the local office for Department of Sustainability and Environment, in the main street for maps of the trail network, along with information on local tourist attractions.

Ride Log

This is such a simple ride that it does not require directions, apart from remembering to shut the farm gate you encounter, otherwise cattle could wander. There are no turns; just simply an uncomplicated out and back route. At the turn around point, if you look to your left you get a good view up hill to the location of some of the Yaugher Trailhead rides.

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9.856 km / 6.125 mi

Total Distance

140 m / 461 ft

Total Ascent

140 m / 461 ft

Total Descent

191 m / 626 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Low
MTB Segment: flow
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Mobile Coverage: Limited
Estimated Distance: 10.0
Elevation Gain: 118
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Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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