Mountain bike trails in Dandenong Ranges National Park

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Mountain bike trails in Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Ranges National Park

The steep terrain and tall canopy of the Silvan area of Dandenong Ranges National Park makes for an exciting mountain bike destination, hosting a combination of single trail and management vehicle tracks with opportunities for beginner and intermediate skill level.

The area has 13km of dedicated mountain bike trails and a significant management vehicle track network suitable for riding. The trails can be enjoyed individually, with friends or you can join a local riders club.

The mountain bike trails are managed by Parks Victoria with the support of the local club - Yarra Ranges Mountain Bikers (YRMTB). If you’re interested in being involved in building new trail features or helping maintain trails, get in touch with Parks Victoria or YRMTB to volunteer.

Things to do

 
The view from the RJ Hamer Arboretum in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

RJ Hamer Arboretum

Take a quiet, peaceful stroll along the many walking tracks and roads of the Arboretum and take in the tranquil beauty and stunning scenery across the Yarra Valley out to the Warburton Ranges and beyond.
A man with an afro wearing a leather jacket and woman wearing a cream knitted jumper turn and walk away from a lake in the Dandenong Ranges Botanical Gardens.

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly the National Rhododendron Garden) is host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around.
A man in a blue puffer jack walks towards a women with black hair wearing a cream jumper to join a picnic.

Doongalla Homestead

The Doongalla Homestead was established in the 1890s but destroyed by a bushfire in 1932. The remnant gardens and open lawn areas make this a great location for a family picnic.
The stunning view from the top of Kalorama Park in the northern section of the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Kalorama Park

Boasting spectacular views over Silvan Reservoir and the south-eastern face of the Dandenong Ranges, Kalorama Park is perfect for picnics, barbecues or simply relaxing whilst enjoying the magnificent surrounds.
Water cascades over Olinda Falls

Olinda-Falls

Starting at the Olinda Falls Picnic Ground, follow the Falls Track. After 300m, you will come to the top viewing platform across Olinda Creek as the steady flow of water cascades over the rocks. A further 140m leads to the lower viewing platform and a small bridge over the creek.
A sculpture looks over a walking path in the William Ricketts Sanctuary.

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and the mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns along the pathways. It is a place for quiet reflection and for contemplation of the essence of the vision of William Ricketts. Many travel across the world to visit this place time and time again.

How to get there

Mountain bike trails in Dandenong Ranges National Park

If visiting by car, start your mountain bike trail experience from the Silvan Reservoir Picnic Area. Facilities include parking, toilets, picnic tables and barbeques. From the picnic area, head 500m south west on Stonyford Road until you access the Track 13 management vehicle track which will take you into the “Forest Flow” trail network.

Alternatively, park at RJ Hamer Arboretum and head east along Chalet Road to start at descending Blue Grade Huds Track.

Facilities

Carpark
Lookout
BBQ - Electric/Gas
Toilets

Need to know

Mountain bike trails in Dandenong Ranges National Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    Musk Walking Track Closed until further notice

    The Musk Walking Track at Ferntree Gully adjacent to the 1000 Steps is closed due to storm damage, many trees have fallen across this track and some sections are heavily eroded and have subsided.

  • Dandenong Ranges National Park

    Planned burning

    Planned burning operations are scheduled in the Dandenong ranges  which will result in Tremont hill walking track being closed to the public from the time a burn is approved for ignition until the area is declared safe. Ignition of the burn is scheduled for Saturday  21st of November and is subject to favourable weather. Check the status of current planned burns at https://plannedburns.ffm.vic.gov.au

  • Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    1000 Steps Closure due to COVID19

    In response to the advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer about COVID-19, the Ferntree Gully picnic ground, including the 1000 steps/Kokoda Memorial Track walk is closed until further notice. 
    For more information please visit  www.parks.vic.gov.au/covid19

  • Doongalla Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    Storm Damage affected Tracks

    Tracks heavily impacted by fallen trees in the Dandenong Ranges National Park are Alamein, Outlook, Edgars, Stables, Invermay and Golf Course Tracks. Parks Victoria is working on a plan to clear the fallen trees and seeks the public's patience while we work to clear the hundreds of fallen trees.

  • Silvan Reservoir Torulosa Picnic Ground (Silvan Reservoir Park)

    Silvan Reservoir Park Upper Toilet Block Closed Permanently

    Due to a major plumbing fault the upper toilet block is closed permanently. Please use the toilet in the lower picnic ground.

  • Silvan Reservoir Lower Picnic Ground (Silvan Reservoir Park)

    Bring Your Own Firewood

    Firewood is no longer provided by Parks Victoria, visitors are requested to bring their own wood for use in the wood fired BBQs

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