Kurth Kiln

Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Kurth Kiln

This is a short companion to the previous ride (Ship Rock Roller) that starts in the same beautiful place. It is a fun course on overgrown tracks closed to vehicles and navigation is easy. The short rolling loop through the bush makes it ideal for beginners and there is nothing technical to cause concern apart from some potentially slippery places in the wet. Fit riders can do both rides in the same day.

This ride starts at the beautiful Kurth Kiln Picnic Ground Car Park then goes straight onto the dirt. The picnic area is ideal for a post ride feed. Sitting by the placid dam is an ideal way to unwind and reflect on the ride.

Kurth Kiln Track is a gently climbing double track and that’s the way this trip continues on Woodduck and Camp tracks. There is a nice stretch of single and double track beside Gembrook Launching Place Road before you ride down Gilwell Track. This is fun riding without challenging navigation. We have introduced many riders to this area over the years and it has become very popular. The riding environment is ideal as the trail network is not too technical. Most of the bush you ride through is re-growth timber that has its own particular beauty. The low trees enhance the distinctive variations in light and colour as you journey through the bush. We often see plenty of birds and animals in this area including eagles and wombats.


Kurth Kiln Regional Park is about 55km east of Melbourne, Melway page 14 R10. Take the Warburton Highway (B380) to Woori Yallock and turn right on Lusatia Park Road, two kilometres after the roundabout, heading towards Hoddles Creek. Turn right at the T-intersection with Gembrook-Launching Place Road (C424) and follow it past Beenak Road to Soldiers Road. Turn right and follow Soldiers to the Picnic Ground Car Park. This carpark is on the left nearest to the intersection with Beenak Road.

 Food and Drink

Stock up before you come as there is no food or drink at Kurth Kiln. Gembrook is just 10km south, or you can buy at Woori Yallock on your way in.

Side Trip

Explore the singletrack at 2.8km or one of the many others you will see on the ride.


Ride Log

  • 0.0 Reset your computer at the information board near the dam on the corner of Beenak and Soldiers roads. With the information board and dam behind you, head up through the Picnic Ground Car Park with the toilets on your right.
  • 0.1 Go around the gate at the top of the car park and up Kurth Kiln Track.
  • 0.3 Turn left at four-way intersection on Woodduck Track.
  • 0.7 Turn right at four-way intersection on Camp Track.
  • 1.3 Ignore track on your right.
  • 1.7 Go around the gate and turn right on the singletrack beside Gembrook-Launching Place Rd.
  • 2.1 Turn right and go around the gate onto Gilwell Track.
  • 2.2 Turn right, still on Gilwell Link Track, about 50m past the gate.
  • 2.6 Stay on Gilwell Link Track, ignoring the track on your right.
  • 2.8 Ignore singletrack on the left.
  • 3.0 Go through the intersection.
  • 3.1 Ignore track entering from the left.
  • 3.3 Go around gate and cross Beenak Rd. Ride up Shepherd Creek Rd, ignoring side tracks.
  • 5.2 Bear right up Monkhouse Track.
  • 5.8 Turn right at four-way intersection onto Manna Gum Track. Ignore all side tracks.
  • 7.3 Turn right after the gate onto singletrack beside Beenak Rd.
  • 7.8 Ignore Possum Track on right.
  • 8.0 Ignore Shortcut Track on right.
  • 8.1 Bear right onto Beenak Rd and cross the dam wall.
  • 8.2 Finish back at information board on corner of Beenak and Soldiers roads.
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    8.08 km / 5.021 mi

    Total Distance

    265 m / 871 ft

    Total Ascent

    265 m / 871 ft

    Total Descent

    278 m / 913 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: 8.2
    Elevation Gain: 185
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    Accessible by bike
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