Peninsula Traverse

Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Peninsula Traverse

This ride climbs gently from the Port Phillip Bay area, along the spine of Mornington Peninsula, then descends gradually towards the coast of Western Port. There is quite a variety of trail types along the way and it is a journey with a destination for lunch or coffee. Crossing over the peninsula also gives you an introduction to some of the less well-known areas and you pass close to several other rides we have.

Eatons Cutting is the easiest route up to the peninsula high country. It is a relatively smooth dirt fire trail closed to traffic and most riders will find it an undemanding middle ring climb. This is followed by a stretch of road side singletrack then a hard surfaced shared use trail to Red Hill.

After Red Hill there us a gradual descent on the old railway line alignment. The rail line was designed to move produce rather than people and it gives you some idea of how productive the land used to be. The main crops you see today are wine grapes with a smattering of small orchards. Arriving at Merricks General Store, you are transported to a different era as the building itself retains the charm and decor of history.

The return trip follows the outbound route and ends with a very pleasant down hill run on Eatons Cutting.


The ride starts at Eatons Cutting, Dromana, on the Mornington Peninsula, about one and a half hours’ drive to the south-east of Melbourne (Melway map 160). To get there from Melbourne, turn off the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Dromana, then turn left onto Boundary Road. Eatons Cutting is unsigned and is just past the entrance to Dromana quarry. Eatons Cutting has a steel gate. Please do not obstruct the gateway; park opposite on Boundary Road.

Food and Drink

Nothing at the start. Merricks General Store, the outbound destination, is well worth a cyclist’s appetite for food and coffee! A visit to Stoniers Winery next door will reveal the taste of a brilliant sparkling white wine and alter your awareness of the uphill parts of the ride back home.

Side Trip

If you do this ride on a Saturday, Red Hill market is on your route and it’s really well worth a visit. It runs on the first Saturday each month from September to May 8am to 1pm. Melway 190 J4. Telephone (03) 5988 4424


Ride Log

  • 0.0 From the gate, ride up Eatons Cutting. Ignore all side tracks (you’ll get to try some of these on our other rides starting at the same location).
  • 2.1 Go through gateway then veer right, passing Holmes Rd on your left.
  • 2.7 Just before Arthurs Seat Rd, turn left onto the road side singletrack.
  • 3.6 At White Hill Rd, cross Arthurs Seat Rd with care then continue downhill on the track on the right hand side of the road.
  • 5.6 Keep going straight ahead on the path.
  • 6.3 At end of Arthurs Seat Rd, cross Shoreham Rd then continue on path on the left, past the Red Hill shops, then follow the sign to toilets. Keeping toilets to your left follow the sign ‘Peninsula Equestrian Trail’.
  • 10.1 Pass through the gate then turn right, then go through the next gate and head uphill.
  • 12.4 Turn right through gateway.
  • 12.7 Turn right at gates.
  • 12.9 Coffee at Merricks store, then return the way you came.
  • 26.6 Finish at bottom of Eatons Cutting Rd
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    25.122 km / 15.61 mi

    Total Distance

    687 m / 2,255 ft

    Total Ascent

    687 m / 2,255 ft

    Total Descent

    255 m / 835 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    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: 25.5
    Elevation Gain: 550
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