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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Take care while driving on wet tracks

    This summer weather is predicted to be wet. Roads and tracks are easily damaged during wet weather and can only be repaired once the weather clears up and the roads are well dried out. When visiting parks keep an eye out for temporary track closures and if it’s raining or the track looks soft find an alternative route.
     
    When driving your car or four-wheel drive in a park keep in mind these basic tips:
    -     stay off wet tracks or recently graded roads
    -     drive only on formed roads
    -     take notice of signage and only use roads that are open to the public and safe to do so
    -     avoid wheel spin and churning up track surfaces
    -     remove fallen trees or limbs from roads; don’t create new tracks by driving around them

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Fire Preparedness Works

    Selected trees and vegetation will be removed along the fuelbreak network in Kinglake National Park to reduce bushfire risk to the community. Park users may experience short delays while works are carried out.

    Attachments: Fuelbreak works Kinglake Summer 20_21 (510KB)

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