Tracks & Trails

There are many locations to cycle in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

We can provide you with advice on the best trails and destinations for you to discover based on the time you have available, your interests and levels of fitness.

Below is a list of popular trails for you to consider as part of your day exploring the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges by bike.

WINERY TRAILS

Saints & Sinners

St Huberts Road is a short stretch to cycle but it has a great deal to offer. You have the opportunity to taste wine at five locations, beer and cider at one location, some of the country’s best cheese at another and a superb lunch or dinner at Meletos. You can choose to do this in only a few hours but most find they need the full day to enjoy this hedonistic trail.

Departure location: Coldstream
Distance: 7 km
Grade: Easy
Riding Time: 45 mins
Hours recommended: 6 hours

Coldstream Wine Pocket

A treasure trove of great wine and fun cellar doors, this trail will take you into a pocket of some of Australia’s most iconic vineyards and let you discover some of the new kids in the valley. The recommended starting point is at the top of a hill and the only other really big hills to worry about are the driveways to Hanrahan Vineyards and Medhurst Wines – which offer a welcome reward at the top! There is a lot of wine to taste on this journey so be sure to make it a full day. Lunch is available at a number of locations which we can point you to on the day.

Departure location: Coldstream
Distance: 15 km

Grade: Easy to intermediate (depending on if you choose to take on the hilly driveways)
Riding Time: 45 mins
Hours recommended: 8 hours

Wine & Steel

Take a full day or a half day to cycle between the wineries of Yarra Glen – it all depends on how many stops you make and how many wines you taste! Wineries include DeBortoli Wines, Yarrawood Estate, Balgownie Estate, Greenstone Vineyards and a few smaller cellar doors in between. You have options to eat along the way and by finishing at Yarra Glen you can enjoy a cold ale and a bite to eat at the Yarra Glen Grand Hotel or Hargreaves Hill Brewery and Restaurant.

Departure location: Dixons Creek
Distance: 22 km
Grade: Intermediate
Elevation gain: 175m
Riding Time: 1.5 hours
Hours recommended: 6 hours

Flora, Fauna & Wine

Not for the faint hearted, this trail takes you from wineries on one side of the Yarra Valley to the other, via the steep hill trails of the Warramate Hills Flora and Fauna Park. Departing from Paynes Rise Winery, cycle down past a few other cellar doors, onto the flats of the Warburton Rail Trail, before heading gradually up hill into the beautiful Warramate Flora and Fauna Park. Coming out the other side, arrive into the popular winery pocket of Hill Road and Briarty Road, before finishing up at Rochford Winery.

Departure location: Seville
Distance: 22 km

Grade: Challenging
Elevation gain: 275m
Riding Time: 2.5 hours
Hours recommended: 7 hours

FROM HEALESVILLE

There are three tracks we recommend from the heart of Healesville. You can choose to do all three which only take approximately 1 hour each in cycling time, or do one or two and spend the rest of your day exploring the shops and cafes around this pretty and quaint village.

Up the Chum

Starting from Queens Park in the town centre, you will take in some breathtaking scenery as you ride out along River Street, past the RACV Club and along a pebble trail all the way to Chum Creek Primary School. There is a gradual and steady hill to climb on the initial stretch of the Healesville-Kinglake Road but it then becomes an easier track with some short dips and climbs.

Departure location: Healesville
Distance: 15 km
Grade: Easy
Elevation gain: 175m
Riding Time: 40 minutes
Hours recommended: 1 hour

Sanctuary Bound

Do you have a super active family? Then maybe this is the ride for you. Head on out along Badger Creek Road to the Healesville Sanctuary where you can spend the day exploring this must-visit attraction and when you have had your feed of tasty refreshments and friendly, furry animals, cycle back along Don Road into Queens Park and Healesville village. Also see our Sanctuary & Cycle package.

Departure location: Healesville
Distance: 10 km
Grade: Easy
Elevation gain: 166m
Riding Time: 30 minutes
Hours recommended (with Healesville Sanctuary visit):  4 hours

Donnellys Dilemma

Get your fix of nature by cycling out into the Yarra Ranges National Park – a beautiful reserve which borders the Maroondah Reservior and home to mountain ash trees, ferns and an extraordinary selection of wildlife. Roadside cycling is required for the first 1.75km until you come to Donnellys Weir Road which takes you along an unpaved road and into the the trails of the national park. You will face one dilemma – to cycle back the way you came or take the risk of getting your feet wet riding through Donnellys Creek. Stop by the Strawberry farm on your way back to Healesville for some fresh berries.

Departure location: Healesville
Distance: 10 km

Grade: Easy
Elevation gain: 148m
Riding Time: 1 hour
Hours recommended:  1 hour

From Warburton

O’Shannassy Aquaduct

This is a long ride and could be longer or shorter if you choose. The ride can be broken up into sections so you can cycle for the time you have available. For example you can start cycling from Parrot Road to Dees Road or Dees Road to Cement Creek Road. The cool, shady beauty of this trail will make you feel like you’re in whole other world. Finish your cycle in Warburton at Little Joe’s or one of the other cafes and restaurants in Warburton.

Departure location: Warburton / Don Valley
Distance: 30 km

Grade: Easy
Elevation gain: 349m
Riding Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Hours recommended:  5 hours

Warburton Rail Trail

The best known cycling trail in the region, stretches 38km from Lilydale to Warburton. You can start out at either end or cycle a section in between. The scenery is quite beautiful as you travel through shady forests, vineyards, along open pastures and close to the upper reaches of the Yarra River. You can cycle in any direction and we can pick you up at any point.

Departure location: Warburton / Lilydale
Distance: 38 km
Grade: Easy

Elevation gain: 382m
Riding Time: 5 hours (0ne direction)
Hours recommended:  8 hours

Mountain trails

Buxton Mountain Bike Park

Not for the faint hearted, the Buxton Mountain Bike Park offers 20km of purpose built mountain bike track. Situated only 40 km from Healesville, adrenaline junkies can get their fix across eight separate trails.

Departure location: Healesville – Buxton
Distance: 20 km

Grade: Challenging
Elevation gain: 100m
Riding Time: 2 hours
Hours recommended:  4 hours

IPub to pub via Mt St Leonard

Mt St Leonard is hard to miss no matter where you visit in the Yarra Valley. It stands at the northern border of the valley at 1027 metres high. Luckily for you, you don’t have to climb 1027 metres to experience the views and flora of Mt St Leonard. Rather, Pedals will drop you at the Toolangi Tavern, where you can cycle along the trail or Myers Creek Road to Monda Road. Here you will have to climb up a gravel track before you find the access point to the National Bicentennial Trail. Here is where you get to put your mountain bike skills to the test on some difficult up and down hill terrain. Put those endorphins to good use at the end of your ride by enjoying an ale or two at the Healesville Hotel.

Departure location: Healesville / Toolangi
Distance: 17 km

Grade: Difficult
Elevation gain: 281m
Riding Time: 1.5 hours
Hours recommended:  3 hours