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.
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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 trafficBoggy 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.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Temporary park area or track closures due to flooding and storm damageThe 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.Wombelano Falls walking track and viewing platform.Running Creek Track (from Wallaby Trail to Mt Sugarloaf Rd) - this is in the Masons Falls area.Sugarloaf Ridge walking trail - this is in the Masons Falls area.Andrews Hill area, including Mountain Creek track, Andrews Hill track, Dusty Miller track and Stringybark track.Island Creek 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. Some of this work is currently underway, but this will take time and some areas will be closed until late October.