Mount Robertson Mineshaft

Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Mount Robertson Mineshaft

The focus of this ride, the impressive timber Mount Robertson Mine battery framework, went up in flames in 2009 but it’s still a nice loop in the drier months and the bushfires did a great job of opening up the views from the 614m summit of Mount Robertson. Good descent along Boggy Creek Road and the narrow dirt sections through the forest are fun.

Mount Robertson State Forest is a narrow strip of logging country wedged in next to Kinglake National Park. In days gone by it offered hope of a gold strike, with a mine established just off Mount Robertson Road with its own stamper battery and an incline tramway down to a creek. The timber framework went up in smoke in the 2009 bushfires and the Department of Sustainability and Environment used the leftovers to fill in the dangerous mineshaft.

You reach the mine site six kilometres into this ride after an easy warm-up on gravel, but then things get a little more serious as you take a short singletrack section downhill to reach an old logging route running roughly parallel to Mount Robertson Road. More singletrack, with lots of ruts and bog holes that are murder in winter, takes you back to Mount Robertson Road before you head south to the mountain’s summit, followed by a good descent on Boggy Creek Road to what was still a burnt out bridge at the time of writing. It was possible to cross the remains of the bridge carefully on foot, while trail bike riders had created their own rutted alternative creek crossing slightly upstream.

Boggy Spur Track takes you back up to the ridge line via Eagle Glen Track. There are a couple of other options to get you out of the valley, with the ridiculously steep Break O’Day Track best avoided. As you get more familiar with this area you will discover many singletracks to come back to explore.

Expect to spend half a day here. The tree cover is growing back so this is not a bad option for the hotter months but ignore the place in winter, if only to avoid contributing to the erosion.

Access

The ride starts in Mount Robertson State Forest around 37 50km north east of Melbourne. To get there take Plenty Road (C727) and Whittlesea-Yea Road (C725) north from the city and turn right at Kinglake West on Whittlesea-Kinglake Road (C724). From Kinglake Central, turn left near the school, onto Extons Road for about seven kilometres. This becomes Mount Robertson Road and enters Mount Robertson State Forest, where the picnic area on the right is our starting point (Vicroads 61G9).

Food and Drink

Nothing available on the ride or near the start so stock up in Whittlesea or before you leave home.

Side Trip

This area is littered with singletrack loops so consider exploring after you have finished this ride.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Reset computer in the picnic area and turn right, heading north up Mt Robertson Rd.
  • 1.9 Ignore Break O’ Day Track on your right.
  • 4.8 Ignore Gum Creek Track on the left.
  • 5.5 Go straight ahead at the crossroads, with Boggy Creek Rd on the right.
  • 5.9 Bear left to view the mine site before continuing up Mt Robertson Rd.
  • 6.4 Ignore Battery Spur Track and the next two tracks
  • 6.5 Turn left onto singletrack downhill to reach an old logging route.
  • 6.8 Turn right onto singletrack running roughly parallel to Mt Robertson Rd and cross a gully. The turn is obscured and if you reach erosion banks you’ve missed it.
  • 8.1 Turn right to get back to Mt Robertson Rd and head south.
  • 8.9 Bear left to Mt Robertson summit before continuing on Mt Robertson Rd.
  • 10.6 Turn left at the crossroads and head down Boggy Creek Rd.
  • 11.3 Bear right at Y-intersection, still on Boggy Creek Rd.
  • 13.8 Proceed around hairpin, passing Hairpin Link Track on your left.
  • 14.6 Proceed around another right-hand hairpin, passing another track on the left.
  • 15.6 Cross damaged Boggy Creek bridge with care on foot and turn left on the other side, still on Boggy Creek Rd.
  • 16.3 Turn right uphill on Boggy Spur Track.
  • 18.4 Stay on Boggy Spur Track past Glenburn Spur Track and Little Boggy Spur Track on the left. 
  • 19.5 Turn right at the T-intersection, then keep right at the next one.
  • 20.4 Turn right on Mt Robertson Rd.
  • 21.0 Finish back at the picnic area.
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    19.701 km / 12.242 mi

    Total Distance

    662 m / 2,173 ft

    Total Ascent

    607 m / 1,990 ft

    Total Descent

    614 m / 2,015 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
    Fitness Level: High
    MTB Segment: flow
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Estimated Distance: 20.2
    Elevation Gain: 498
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
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    Accessible by public transport
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