Mountain bike trails in Lysterfield Park


Mountain bike trails in Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield Park is home to 24km of purpose-built mountain bike trails suitable for all skill levels. Among them is the 2006 Commonwealth Games course, a skills park where riders can practise their technique and easy family trails for all to enjoy around the lake and parkland.

Lysterfield Park is one of the best places to mountain bike close to Melbourne. Undulating trails flow up and down steep hills and through dense plantations. Outcroppings of large boulders add to the scenic attraction and to the challenge of the trails.

Mountain biking at Lysterfield also rewards those who are looking for a gentler ride. Slow down and there's a good chance you'll see some kangaroos or wallabies. Cycle the gentle Lake Circuit trail and soak up the sights and sounds of the reservoir. Experienced riders might wish to take a short diversion from the top of the State Mountain Bike Course up to Trig Point Lookout and enjoy the view across to Melbourne's CBD.

Download the Lysterfield Park mountain bike fact sheet and trail map for more information.

The variety of trails range in difficulty:

Easy trails

Suitable for beginner riders, with firm and stable surfaces and avoidable obstacles.

Green Circle Easy TrailsLake Circuit Trail – 6.3km

A popular choice for walkers, runners and cyclists alike, the Lake Circuit Trail highlights the native landscape. Kangaroo sightings are common and three jetties around the lake are pleasant places to take a break.

Green Circle Easy TrailsLower Blair Witch – 0.6km

The short, fast Lower Blair Witch Trail twists through dense spotted gum forest and links the Lake Circuit Trail to the Upper Blair Witch and State Mountain Bike Trail. The trail is great for families who want to test out single-track mountain bike trails while on the Lake Circuit Walk.

Green Circle Easy TrailsTrail Mix – 1.0km

Located behind the Lysterfield Picnic Area, Trailmix is an easy flowing mountain bike track perfect for beginners and families. Extend your bike ride by linking up with the pleasant Lake Circuit Trail.

More difficult trails

Suitable for riders with some off-road experience. Variety of terrain, including obstacles and some steep sections.

Blue Square More Difficult TrailsLower Buckle – 2.4km

Ride the fast, flowing single track of the Lower Buckle. Perfect for riders wanting to practice their mountain biking skills. The trail weaves through tall eucalypt forests and has plenty of obstacles to get your blood pumping. Continue along the Upper Buckle for a longer ride.

Blue Square More Difficult TrailsUpper Buckle – 0.7km

Accessible via the Lower Buckle trail, the short twisting single track of Upper Buckle packs plenty of punch for riders looking to improve their skills.

Blue Square More Difficult TrailsMiddle – 1.9km

Long twisting single track weaving through forest with a couple of steep switchback climbs and a tight technical twisting section north of Lamberts Track with some obstacles.

Blue Square More Difficult TrailsRed Gum – 1.2km

The long Redgum single track links the tight, twisting mountain bike trails within the northern section of Lysterfield to the State Mountain Bike Course.

Blue Square More Difficult TrailsHug Trail – 1.5km

Leading off from the Hallam North Road Carpark, the Hug Trail descends through open eucalypt forest before merging with the Blair Witch trails. Hone your mountain biking skills as you maneuver over jumps, through earth berms and around tight corners.

Blue Square More Difficult TrailsUpper Blair Witch – 2.0km

The fast flow of the Upper Blair Witch will test even the most experienced riders. Wind through dense spotted gum forest and make the most of the tight twisting trail, jumps and sweet earth berms. Link up Snipe Trail to head back to Skills Park and Lysterfield Lake Picnic Ground.

Blue Square More Difficult TrailsSnipe – 0.7km

The Snipe Trail flows from The Upper Blair Witch and into the Lake Circuit Trail. Even though the trail is short, it has plenty of jumps and earth berms to keep riders on their toes. 

Blue Square More Difficult TrailsPump Track

This short Pump Track is great for families or a warm up before hitting the rest of the Lysterfield Trails. It consists of flowing berms and roll overs.

Blue Square More Difficult TrailsBuckle Down – 0.3km

Packed with plenty of berms and optional b-lines, the Buckle Down Trail flows through stands of open eucalypt forest and connects Follow Me to the Lower Buckle mountain bike trail.

Blue Square More Difficult TrailsDog Pound – 0.6km

One way, short fast flowing descent linking Upper Buckle with Middle Trail. Many fast corners and exposed tree roots.

Blue Square More Difficult TrailsHumping Hound – 0.6km

Humping Hound is a flowing mountain bike trail leading to the top of Dog Pound. With technical corners and switchback turns, there’s plenty of fun to be had.

Blue Square More Difficult TrailsFarm Trail – 0.4km

A short, fast down-hill consisting of jumps and berms, connecting you to Lower Buckle.

Blue Square More Difficult TrailsLil Shawty – 0.2km

A short but fast trail packed with jumps, connecting you onto Upper Buckle.

Very difficult trails

Suitable for experienced riders. Challenging terrain and frequent obstacles.

Black Diamond Very Difficult TrailsState MTB Course – 6.4km

This is the Commonwealth Games Mountain Bike Course and challenges an experienced rider with the tight single track, technical rocky sections, high speed descents with inclined berms, timber boardwalks and steep hill climbs. Varied terrain from narrow, single track to open fast trails. To be ridden anti-clockwise

Black Diamond Very Difficult TrailsFollow Me – 1.2km

Follow Me is a twisting, technical trail with obstacles perfect for experienced riders looking for a thrilling mountain biking experience. Ride over technical rock gardens, jumps, drops and sweet earth berms before meeting up with the berm-littered Buckle Down Trail.

Black Diamond Very Difficult TrailsAneurysm – 1.5km

Aneurysm is a fun, fast flowing mountain bike trail with plenty of jumps, drops and man-made obstacles to satisfy even the most experienced of riders.

Extremely difficult trails

Only suitable for highly experienced riders with excellent skills. Large unavoidable obstacles, steep descents or climbs.

Double Diamond Extremely Difficult TrailsGranite Link – 0.2km

The short, steep and technical Granite Link Trail packs plenty of punch with a tight, technical descent and three twisting earth berms at the base. The mountain bike trail links the State Mountain Bike Trail to Wallaby Track.

Green Circle Easy TrailsBlue Square More Difficult TrailsBlack Diamond Very Difficult TrailsSkills Park

The Skills Park provides mountain bikers with an opportunity to improve their technique and confidence on the trails. It has been developed by Parks Victoria and the Lysterfield District Trail Riders to provide mountain bikers with an opportunity to develop new skills. It contains many technical trail features including jumps, berms and drops designed to introduce and train riders for the rest of the Lysterfield trails.

Things to do

Two friends in activewear walk away from the lake.

Lake Circuit Trail

Walk, run or cycle this popular trail, which weaves among native vegetation around the picturesque Lysterfield Lake. You're almost guaranteed to see kangaroos and other wildlife along the way.
A man takes a photo from the bank of his partner on a stand-up paddle board on Lysterfield Lake.

Lysterfield Lake

Go canoeing, kayaking or sailing on Lysterfield Lake. Two beaches near Beach Carpark at the southern end of the lake are suitable for walk-in swimming access. The lake is not patrolled by lifeguards and children should be supervised at all times.
Three friends share a picnic on the shores of Lysterfield Lake.

Picnic areas in Lysterfield Park

There are two picnic areas along the lake shore and both have toilets, picnic tables and free electric barbecues.

How to get there

Mountain bike trails in Lysterfield Park


BBQ - Electric/Gas

When to go

Escape the heat of summer and take a dip in Lysterfield Lake. The calm waters of the lake are perfect for families.

Need to know

Mountain bike trails in Lysterfield 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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Barbeques not in operation

    • Parks Victoria is carrying out inspections in all of our barbecues in our parks. Following these inspections, some barbecues have been temporarily closed until they can be attended by a licenced contractor. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.
    • Visitor safety is our top priority and we advise people to please not to use any barbecue facilities that have been closed. We expect the impacted barbecues to reopen in the coming weeks. 

  • Lysterfield Park

    Lyster Track CLOSED until further notice

    A section of Lyster Track, between Boys Farm Track and Lower Buckle Trail, is CLOSED until further notice. This is due to erosion and degradation of the track surface causing unsafe conditions. We are working to repair the issue and recommend detouring via Boys Farm Track or Powells Track (towards East West Break or Lamberts Track) in the meantime (see attached Detour Map).

    Attachments: Lyster Track Detour Map (85KB)

    Temporary closures and restricted access expected on Gun Club Track, East Boundary Track and Logan Park Road

    Former Yarra Pistol Club remediation works
    • Remediation works to remove lead shot and clay target debris from the former Yarra Pistol Club site are taking place.
    • Work will begin in mid-June 2023 and conclude in September 2023. Works will take place Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm.
    • Horse riders and park users must exercise caution.
    • The work site is adjacent to the East Boundary Track and is not currently part of Lysterfield Park.
    • Gun Club Track will be closed for approximately one week in mid-June. Temporary closures and restricted access are expected on Gun Club Track, East Boundary Track and Logan Park Road while heavy vehicles transport the material off-site for disposal. 

    Attachments: Yarra Pistol Club - Track closures signage v2 (3,168KB)

    Notification of Deer Control Program within Lysterfield Park (Northern Conservation Zone)

    Parks Victoria are continuing deer control at Lysterfield Park (Northern Conservation Zone). This program is recommencing on Tuesday 14th of November 2023.
    Control is being undertaken with accredited and authorised volunteers from the Sporting Shooters Association Australia and Australian Deer Association under the supervision of Parks Victoria.
    Through the control of deer, the program will:
    ·      Respond to Victoria’s bio security approach to new and emerging threats
    ·      Deliver an approved program in support of the Victorian Deer Control Strategy and the Peri Urban Deer Control Plan 2021-2026
    ·      Provide critical habitat protection to the flora and fauna values in the areas of the proposed works
    ·      Reduce habitat structure damage and minimise browsing on habitat regeneration and revegetation efforts
    ·      Reduce deer numbers (with the object of reaching numbers to a manageable level).
    Upcoming control nights are as follows, from 4pm to 6am:
    ·      Tuesday 14th of November 2023 (into the early hours of Wednesday)
    ·      Wednesday 15th of November 2023 (into the early hours of Thursday)
    ·      Thursday 16th of November 2023 (into the early hours of Friday)
    Please note that during such time the park area will be closed for public safety and deer legal rifles will emit noise, which may be heard in the area. 
    You may observe signage at gates indicating dates of the upcoming control program. A map of the control areas is attached for your reference.
    If you would like further information, please email or call 13 1963.

    Attachments: Control Area LNCZ (470KB)

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