Mount Tarrengower Downhill Course One

Cycle Melbourne, Mounain Bike Ride, Mount Tarrengower Downhill Course One

There are four downhill ride options to choose from at Mount Tarrengower, each offering different technical challenges. Three have been designed by local riders and the fourth is a fire track. All the rides finish at the same point where toilets and parking are available. You can expect some natural obstacles such as rocks and a few logs plus some high speed berms and jumps.

Mount Tarrengower (585m) is on the outskirts of Maldon. A sealed road gives easy access to the summit which has a viewing tower and fantastic views of the surrounding country. On a clear day you can see for 60km and the tower lookout compass identifies all the prominent landmarks.

The sealed road to the summit makes it easy to arrange a car lift to do another ride. Make sure you wear protective clothing and ride within the limits of your experience and ability. You don’t need a ride log to take these downhill routes – just follow the track from the start points listed below.


By car: Maldon is 15km west of Castlemaine, less than two hours northwest of Melbourne via the Calder Freeway. (Melway X609 B5). From Castlemaine, take the C282 into Maldon, go through town then turn left onto Mount Tarrengower Road and park at the summit.

Food and Drink

Plenty of options in Maldon, no facilities at the ride start.

Side Trip

Maldon is a fascinating place to visit. It is the best preserved town from the gold rush days with many authentic buildings from that era. It is the sort of place that invites you to slow down and wander along the main street that feels like a movie set. It is a highly popular destination for vintage cars and motor bike clubs.

The lookout tower at Mount Tarrengower affords tremendous views – check it out while you’re there.

Ride Log

Ride One starts in front of the look-out tower, before Adair Track. This route looks deceptively easy but not far from the start you have the first of a series of rocky sections, making this the most technical of the four options. Nice flowing sections with a challenging jump option near the bottom.

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1.507 km / 0.937 mi

Total Distance

25 m / 80 ft

Total Ascent

206 m / 677 ft

Total Descent

565 m / 1,855 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: High
MTB Segment: downhill
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: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 185
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Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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