Mountain bike trails in 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:
Suitable for beginner riders, with firm and stable surfaces and avoidable obstacles.
Lake 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.
Lower 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.
Trail 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.
Lower 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.
Upper 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.
Middle – 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.
Red 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.
Hug 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.
Upper 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.
Snipe – 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.
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.
Buckle 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.
Dog Pound – 0.6km
One way, short fast flowing descent linking Upper Buckle with Middle Trail. Many fast corners and exposed tree roots.
Humping 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.
Farm Trail – 0.4km
A short, fast down-hill consisting of jumps and berms, connecting you to Lower Buckle.
Lil 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.
State 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
Follow 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.
Aneurysm – 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.
Granite 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.
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.
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Change of Conditions
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Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Storm Emergency - Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park closedDue 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
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Lysterfield Picnic Area (Lysterfield Park)
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