Marysville Loop

Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Marysville Loop

A short ride packed with contrasts in scenery and views, giving you a great introduction to Marysville. Like all good rides you start with a climb and finish with a really nice descent. Red Hill climb will have most riders using granny gear but the view from the top and the descent that follows is a just reward for the effort. If you prefer, the climb can be avoided by following the sign to Marysville at 10.8km.

From the start in the heart of town you have a short uphill section on the main road before you turn onto the formed dirt tracks. These were constructed as part of the bushfire recovery process. Signage throughout these trails is very clear and as a result, navigating your way around this ride is very easy. The location of Marysville township, in the foothills of mountain ranges, means that rides starting here will be hilly.

Soon after the start of Wilks Creek trail you have a number of very pleasant undulations and water run offs to roll over and for the remainder of the ride you are either going up or down. As you approach Taggerty River, the course flattens out and there is a very pretty scenic spot. A perfect place to stop and have a break. Crushed stone has been laid on the trail near here due to the potential for boggy conditions. A little further on is a solid climb up Red Hill followed by a fast downhill back to the outskirts of town


Take the Maroondah Highway from Melbourne to Marysville, approximately 95km to the North East of Melbourne (Melway Map X910 T11). The start of all our Marysville rides is at the information centre in Murchison Street, the main road through town.

Food and Drink

Plenty of options including cafés and bakery close to the start.

Side Trip

There is plenty to see and do in and around Marysville, and the information centre at the start of the ride has an excellent range of resources to help you plan other activities. Lake Mountain is easily accessible and has new mountain bike trails being constructed. On this ride you pass Bruno’s Sculpture Garden, well worth a visit after your excursion.


Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start near the entrance to Marysville information centre car park. Leave the car park and turn left up Murchison St.
  • 0.6 Turn left onto Old Melbourne Rd and enjoy the climb!
  • 1.0 Wilks Creek trail sign, turn right and follow trail.
  • 4.4 Keep going straight ahead passing the Anderson Mill sign on your right.
  • 6.0 Turn left for a very pleasant downhill section.
  • 7.1 Cross over Kings Rd and head down Mt Kitchener Ave.
  • 7.4 Cross over Falls Rd and keep going. Bruno’s Sculpture Garden is on your right and well worth a visit after your ride.
  • 7.6 Veer right just before the oval, cross the bridge and tackle the short steep climb up Michaeldene trail.
  • 7.8 At the top of the climb veer right, then cross the road and continue on Michaeldene trail which is on your right.
  • 8.2 Keep right at the sign.
  • 9.3 Turn right at the trail sign and continue on the crushed stone trail surface.
  • 10.2 At the intersection turn left. There is a pleasant viewing spot overlooking Taggerty River on your right.
  • 10.4 Cross Dickinson track and keep going straight ahead.
  • 10.8 At the Marysville sign, turn right.
  • 11.0 Turn right onto Red Hill trail for a solid climb. 1
  • 2.1 After enjoying the views, cross the firebreak and keep going. Enjoy a nice downhill run.
  • 13.0 Track exits onto a sealed road. Turn left, then right at the roundabout and continue.
  • 13.3 Finish back at the car park.
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    12.908 km / 8.021 mi

    Total Distance

    549 m / 1,803 ft

    Total Ascent

    511 m / 1,677 ft

    Total Descent

    589 m / 1,931 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    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: 13.0
    Elevation Gain: 443
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    Accessible by bike
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