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

    Storm Emergency - Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park closed

    Due to severe storm damage sustained on 13 February 2024, Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park are closed until further notice. 

    For your safety, please avoid the area while park teams and emergency services work on tree removal and safety measures. 

    Over the past two weeks, significant work has taken place by Parks Victoria and Forest Fire Management teams to clear management vehicle trails, picnic areas and trails. There is still significant damage to walking and mountain bike trails and several hidden hazardous hanging branches. Accordingly all trails and visitor sites are inaccessible and remain closed. 

    Remember, disobeying closure orders is an offense under the National Parks Act, with fines for non-compliance. Stay tuned here for updates on reopening. Alternative destinations nearby - Cardinia Reservoir Park and Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve are open. 

    Teams have been tirelessly working in the area since the storm assessing and removing risks. But this work is expected to take some time due to the enormity of the task. Thank you for your understanding. 
    Updated 28 February 2024

    Attachments: Lysterfield Storm Recovery (1,685KB)

  • Lysterfield Picnic Area (Lysterfield Park)

    Some 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.

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