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

BBQ - Electric/Gas
Carpark
Lookout
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.

  • Dandenong Ranges National Park

    Large areas in Dandenong Ranges National Park closed due to storm damage

    Dandenong Ranges National Park was heavily impacted by severe storms on 9 June 2021 and a large section of the park will be closed until further notice. The following sites are open (updated 22 July 2021):
     
    • Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground, One Tree Hill Picnic Ground, and most surrounding tracks including Lyrebird Track are now open. The 1000 Steps/Kokoda Memorial Track REMAINS CLOSED. Musk, Acacia, and Ramblers Tracks to the east of the 1000 Step are also CLOSED.
    • 1000 Steps Café
    • East Sherbrooke (east of Monbulk Road), including Grants Picnic Ground
    • Sherbrooke and O'Donohue Picnic Grounds and tracks to the east and north. Sherbrooke Falls REMAINS CLOSED.
    • Silvan Reservoir Park
    • Doongalla Picnic Ground and most tracks to the east and north. Zig Zag track, Channel Ten Track, Burkes lookout and area around the Mount Dandenong Observatory REMAIN CLOSED.
    • Olinda Precinct 
    • Black Hill Reserve (Selby)
     
    All other parts of the park remain closed- see the attached map for more information.
     
    Assessments are still ongoing, but it is anticipated that more areas in the park will be able to open in the coming weeks. Areas where there is extensive damage may be closed for some time. We recommend you check this page for updates on closures.
    It is dangerous and illegal to enter closed areas and there is still high risk of further trees and branches falling.

    Attachments: Closure Map 22 July 2021 (4,593KB)

  • 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.

  • Olinda Falls Picnic Area (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    Olinda Falls Toilets Closed

    The public toilets at Olinda Falls are closed at least until the end of 2021, due to a major plumbing issue, Parks Victoria is working to resolve the matter as soon as possible. We acknowledge that the toilets have already been closed for a lengthy period, however due to planning and operational constraints the toilet works have been significantly delayed. Other public toilets nearby are at Kalorama Park or the Olinda Township.

  • 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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