Barre Warre Trail

Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Barre Warre Trail

If you want to get an inexperienced cyclist addicted to mountain biking, introduce them to this little beauty. It is also ideal to ride with the family. Starting at the Yaugher Trailhead also makes it possible for more experienced riders to do a loop with others before heading onto the more challenging trails.

The ride has a good smooth dirt surface and it twists and turns through very beautiful grasstrees and ferns. There are just enough small climbs and descents, narrow passages and turns to give a real flavour of mountain biking. Local guide maps describe ‘Barre Warre’, meaning ‘from hills to sea’, as the indigenous source of the name ‘Barwon’. Barwon Heads is today more likely associated with the name Cadel Evans, Australia’s first winner of the Tour de France. An added bonus with this Barre Warre ride is the view down to Forrest and the Barwon River valley beyond.


Take the Princes Highway to Colac then the Forrest- Birregurra Road. The ride starts at the Yaugher Trailhead. Look for the sign marked Trail 14 just to the left of the main trailhead area.

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.


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3.048 km / 1.894 mi

Total Distance

46 m / 151 ft

Total Ascent

63 m / 208 ft

Total Descent

248 m / 814 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
Trail Signage: Excellent
Mobile Coverage: Limited
Estimated Distance: 3.0
Elevation Gain: 30
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Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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