Roller Coaster, Third Time Lucky & Follow the Dog

Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Roller Coaster, Third Time Lucky & Follow the Dog

This is simply one of the most beautiful riding experiences I have ever had! It ticks so many boxes: vegetation, scener, and trail layout all come together to provide mountain biking at its best. This ride consists of three trail loops which link together, and you sense that a lot of planning has gone into the trail design, as they progress from an easy beginner’s loop to gradually more demanding terrain. The transition from one ride to the next is clearly signed and sometimes you have more than one option to move into the next section.

Roller Coaster is well named with its gentle undulations. Track surface is compacted earth with embedded stone dust. Visually, it is a stunner as you meander through tall grass trees then enter the dappled light under taller timber.

As you continue onto Third Time Lucky you are in-

troduced to enjoyable but non-demanding technical additions including bermed corners, small jumps and roller coaster humps. The stunning vegetation continues as the gradients steepen a little and tight turns are introduced. You pass a link to Roller Coaster so you have an option to return to the start or, by continuing, progress to Follow the Dog.


The ride starts at the Forrest Trailhead, a short distance past the Brewery on Forrest-Birregurra Road (the main road through Forrest) on the southern outskirts of town.

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 supemarkets, stop at Colac on the way.

Side Trip

  • Drive down to the coast to Apollo Bay
  • Ride or drive to Lake Elizabeth car park, then enjoy
  • a 20-30 minute walk down to the lake
  • Try the local beers at the brewery
  • Check out West Barwon Reservoir
  • Great road cycling opportunities. The annual Amy’s
  • Gran Fondo ride travels through this area.
  • Ride Log

    0.0 At the Forrest Trailhead, look for the sign marked Trail 4. As this ride consists of three intersecting loops, be on the lookout for trail markers to Third Time Lucky (numbered 5 on the markers) and Follow the Dog (numbered 6 on the markers).

    The transition from one ride to the next flows smoothly as does the degree of difficulty. As you prog- ress, turns become sharper, and short climbs and de- scents become more frequent.

    As well as being a great ride for experienced riders, the less experienced will find this a great opportunity to gain skills and confidence. You can always expect some dampness towards the bottom of Follow the Dog as you end up in the bottom of a beautiful rainforest gully.

    Follow the Dog introduces slightly more challenging technical features including drop-offs, log hops, berms and some short steep climbs and descents. These are perfectly suited for intermediate riders with some chal- lenges offering a ‘B’ line option. Towards the lowest point of the trail you ride beside a bubbling water- course with remnant rainforest vegetation, giving a sense of wilderness and isolation, yet you are only a

    short distance from the trailhead.

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    9.436 km / 5.863 mi

    Total Distance

    355 m / 1,165 ft

    Total Ascent

    349 m / 1,146 ft

    Total Descent

    265 m / 869 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    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: 9.8
    Elevation Gain: 270
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    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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