Healesville Loops - Ride 1

Cycle Victoria, Road Ride, Healesville Loops - Ride 1

Healesville’s proximity to Melbourne and the beauty of its natural surroundings has meant that it has been a popular tourist destination for well over 100 years. The burgeoning wine industry in the Yarra Valley and the natural appeal of the Yarra Ranges has confirmed this popularity. These rides are through the scenic foothills surrounding the town on roads that are enjoyable to ride, providing a workout without being too demanding.

Ride 1 requires more pedal effort, being longer and having a bit more hill climbing than Ride 2, but is more rewarding for scenery. As you head towards Yarra Glen you will get views of the Dandenong Ranges in the distance to your left and the Yarra Ranges behind you. After a couple of short climbs out of Healesville the road levels a little allowing you to enjoy cranking over the kilometres. Fairly soon you see the first of the winery entrances along the route, offering the tempting possibility of tasting some good wines. This might best be left for after the ride.

On the way into Yarra Glen you ride a short length of a new town bypass road, which can carry a bit of truck traffic. So stay on the sealed shoulder and be alert. If you feel the need Yarra Glen has cafés and a bakery.

A couple of kilometres after Yarra Glen you pass Gulf Station. From the mid 1850s to the early 1950s, Gulf Station was a profitable and self-sufficient pastoral property supplying meat and other produce to gold miners and the general market. In 1976 it was acquired by the State Government, with responsibility for its running being vested in the National Trust. After authentic restoration it is presented today as a unique pioneer working farm, featuring the original farm buildings, domestic tools and artifacts. The ride back takes you over some more hills with a couple of exhilarating downhills being just reward for climbing up the other side.

Ride 2 is shorter and more gentle. It takes you into the mixed farm and bushland on the edge of Healesville. The first part around the sometimes busy Maroondah Highway is possible because of the marked bike lane all the way. Then it is a short loop down Woori Yallock Road and some back roads to pass near the entrance to Healesville Sanctuary. Founded in 1921 to study native fauna its main appeal today is the chance to get up close to Australian wildlife in natural surrounds. The platypus display has long been an attraction, but other features such as a daily ‘birds of prey show’ also draws crowds. There is a café and toilets in the grounds.

Access

Healesville is about 60km north-east of Melbourne city on the Maroondah Highway at RACV VicRoads State Directory map reference 80 A4.

Food and Drink

Plenty of eateries in the main street of Healesville and there is Beechworth Bakery and the bistro and bakery in the Giant Steps Winery at the start of Ride 1. Yarra Glen has cafés and a bakery and Healesville Sanctuary has a café.

Side Trip

On Ride 1 drop into the pioneer working farm at National Trust property, Gulf Station. You may also be tempted by one of the wineries you ride past.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start from the car park in front of Beechworth Bakery, Giant steps Winery and White Rabbit Brewery. This is on the right hand side of Maroondah Highway about 200m past the main Healesville shopping strip. Turn left on to the highway and ride along the main street in the marked bike lane.
  • 0.4 Straight on at lights.
  • 1.0 Turn right, signposted Kinglake and follow this road out of town.
  • 1.3 Straight on.
  • 2.4 Straight on, signposted Yarra Glen.
  • 12.3 Straight on at roundabout, signposted Yarra Glen.
  • 14.2 Turn right, signposted Yea and ride along Yarra Glen’s main street.
  • 15.1 Straight on, signposted Yea.
  • 16.1 Gulf Station, National Trust property, on the left.
  • 17.1 Straight on at roundabout, signposted Old Healesville Rd.
  • 25.3 Turn left at the T-intersection.
  • 27.4 Turn right, signposted Healesville.
  • 28.5 Straight on, then follow road around to the left.
  • 28.8 Turn left, signposted Nicholson St, and ride along Healesville main street in the marked bike lane.
  • 29.8 Turn right into car park at Beechworth Bakery.
  • 29.9 End of ride.
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    29.937 km / 18.602 mi

    Total Distance

    463 m / 1,520 ft

    Total Ascent

    463 m / 1,519 ft

    Total Descent

    175 m / 575 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    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
    Gravel Road
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Estimated Distance: 30.0
    Elevation Gain: 480
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle

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