Bowden Spur Mountain Bike Area

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Bowden Spur Mountain Bike Area

Kinglake National Park

Experience the thrills of downhill mountain biking at Bowden Spur Mountain Bike Area. Shepherds Track will challenge and delight the most seasoned mountain bike riders. With dirt jumps, rock gardens, flowing earth berms and off-camber riding, there's excitement at every twist and turn.

If you're a thrill seeker looking for challenging mountain bike trails near Melbourne, Shepherds Track will satisfy your sense of adventure. 

Drive your bike to the carpark at the top of Bowden Spur MTB Area and get ready for an action-packed downhill mountain bike ride. Fly down the trail as you leap over dirt jumps, wind your way along large off-camber sections and cross over rocky terrain.

Shepherds Track was built in 2012. The trail descends 233m along a 2km stretch of the Spur, creating an exhilarating MTB experience at Kinglake. 

Shepherds Track is not for the faint-hearted. The trail navigates very challenging terrain, steep gradients and frequent obstacles, earning it the extremely difficult rating of Double Black Diamond. The trail is best tackled by experienced mountain bike riders.

Suitable for Downhill/Enduro bikes only. Trail bikes are not permitted. Full face helmets and body armour should be worn at all times.

Things to do in the area

 
A man talks to his wife who is sitting on a camp chair as he exists his tent.

The Gums Camping

With great facilities in a delightful bush setting close to Melbourne, The Gums camping area is a popular base for relaxing and exploring the northern section of Kinglake National Park.
A husband and wife stop to take a photo of Masons Falls from the lookout.

Masons Falls

Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful surrounds of Masons Falls Picnic Area. Set among towering gums, the large shelters and free gas barbecues make it the perfect place for a social gathering. The short waterfall walk is a real highlight.
Wombelano Falls in the Kinglake National Park

Wombelano Falls

Wander through tall eucalypt forest and lush gullies to the perfectly framed Wombelano Falls. Enjoy beautiful views from the lookout and spy the falls cascading 90 metres into the gully below.

How to get there

Bowden Spur Mountain Bike Area

Bowden Spur Mountain Bike Area is located on Bowden Spur Road, approximately 200m from the intersection of Kinglake-Whittlesea Road in Kinglake Central.

Need to know

Bowden Spur Mountain Bike Area

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.

  • Kinglake National Park

    Boggy Creek Road in the Wombelano Block of Kinglake National Park closed to motor vehicle traffic

    Boggy Creek Road in the Wombelano Block of Kinglake National Park recently had significant roading works undertaken as part of the DELWP Reducing Bushfire Risk program. These works included a section of the road in the adjoining Mt Robertson State Forest. Following recent rain, the road surface has become slippery and unsafe for vehicle traffic. The closed section within the Park, is between Captains Creek Road and Perimeter Tk.  It will remain closed to motor vehicle traffic until the road surface is stable enough to allow for safe travel. Other road and track users should exercise reasonable caution when using Boggy Creek Rd. Motor vehicle access from the Eastern end of Candlebark Tk and Perimeter Tk will also be restricted by the closure

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2021

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

  • The Gums Campground (Kinglake National Park)

    Temporary park area and track closures due to flooding and storm damage

    The following areas or tracks in Kinglake National Park are currently closed to the public as a result of hazardous conditions caused by storm damage:

    The Gums Campground, including Cicada Circuit and Blackfish Way walking tracks
    Andrews Hill area, including Mountain Creek track, Andrews Hill track, Dusty Miller track and Stringybark track
    Burgan track
    Scentbark track
    Candlebark track

    Visitor Impacts:
    The tracks and areas listed above are closed to the public until hazards can be removed and the areas assessed as safe for the public to use. This work is currently underway, but will take time and some areas/tracks may remain closed until late October.

    Temporary park area and track closures due to flooding and storm damage

    The following areas or tracks in Kinglake National Park are currently closed to the public as a result of hazardous conditions caused by storm damage:

    The Gums Campground, including Cicada Circuit and Blackfish Way walking tracks
    Andrews Hill area, including Mountain Creek track, Andrews Hill track, Dusty Miller track and Stringybark track
    Burgan track
    Scentbark track
    Candlebark track

    Visitor Impacts:
    The tracks and areas listed above are closed to the public until hazards can be removed and the areas assessed as safe for the public to use. This work is currently underway, but will take time and some areas/tracks may remain closed until late October.

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