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
BBQ - Electric/Gas
Toilets
Lookout

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

    Doongalla Tracks Closure - Dandenong Ranges NP

    Planned burning and Candeling operations are scheduled in this park which will result in the closure of  Dacite Tk and Channel Tk from the time a burn is approved for ignition until the area is declared safe. Ignition of the burn is scheduled from May 24th, 2022 and is subject to favourable weather. Check the status of current planned burns at www.vic.gov.au/plannedburns
    Further closures will be announced as works progress.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Olinda/Silvan Storm Recovery Works Occurring

    Following the 2021 storm events, Parks Victoria is partnering with other government agencies to support recovery efforts on public land. In the Silvan and Olinda areas, VicForest will remove debris and treat hazardous trees to reduce the bushfire risk and enable safe and rapid response to emergencies. Works will also re-establish safe public access and allow the forest to regenerate. Environmental and cultural values are being identified and managed during this process. For your safety please observe signage, do not enter work sites and beware of machinery and trucks. 

    The following tracks remain closed until dry weather allows crews to complete:
    Yallambie Tk (area 3 - see map). 

    The following tracks will be closed from 18 May to 1 June: 
    Board Tk, Rd 2, Rd 16 and Rd 15 (area 2 - see map).

    Attachments: Silvan.Olinda Recovery Overview Map (288KB)

    Closures due to June 2021 storm damage

    • Valley Picnic Ground is closed to picnicking, visitors can use Boundary Road to access the park however no vehicle access is permitted.
    • 1000 Steps/Kokoda Memorial Walk
    • Sassafras Creek/Menzies Creek walking track
    • Mechanics Track from the Tourist Rd to Falls Rd near Olinda Falls
    • May Moon Walk at Kalorama Park
    • William Ricketts Sanctuary
    • Areas of Silvan/Olinda forest 

    Attachments: DR Storm Damage Works - Autumn 2022 Flyer (1,671KB)

    Lyrebird Track closure due to recovery works

    From the 30th of May to the 4th of June recovery works will occur on Lyrebird Track and 1000 Steps. Thereafter, Lyrebird Track will re-open but 1000 Steps will remain closed for insurable repairs to the stairs. 


    There is a alternative route along School Tk, Belview Tk and Ramu Tk (green line on map). Indicative signs will be placed at every turn along this route, which is less steep but will take longer (3.5km one way).

    Attachments: Alternate route to Lyrebird Track (113KB)

    Silvan Reservoir Storm Recovery Works

    Following the June 2021 storms, Parks Victoria is partnering with other government agencies to support recovery efforts on public land.
     
    In the Silvan Reservoir catchment, Melbourne Water is clearing debris and removing logs to reduce fuel loads. Due to the size and number of fallen trees, large machinery and trucks are needed to undertake this important work. For your safety, please observe signage and do not enter work sites.
     
    All works are being carried out to minimise the impact on environmental and cultural values. For more information visit the Melbourne Water storm debris removal in Silvan Reservoir page.

    Storm Damage Works information flyer

    Information Flyer

    Attachments: DR Storm Damage Works - Autumn 2022 Flyer (1) (1,671KB)

  • 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.

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