Location: Belgrave Heights
Surface: Generally smooth dirt or gravel track
Various climbs to choose from
This truly amazing Reserve is a great area to explore by bike. It’s one of the Dandenong Ranges best kept secrets. Birdsland Reserve is located in the southern part of the Dandenong’s, in the suburb of Belgrave Heights. This reserve offers some truly amazing scenery and if you love your climbs. The reserve offers quite a few really short, sharp brutal climbs. These have been known to have the hardiest of climbers get of their bikes to walk up.
The entrance to the reserve is off McNichol Road. There is a single track in and out of the reserve. This takes you through a series of small lakes and makes its way across to Wellington Road. If you wanted to continue an adventure of dirt, links you up to Lysterfield Lake. One of Melbourne’s most popular Mountain Bike parks. The path is generally smooth dirt or gravel track and can be ridden on a road bike. Although a CX or Mountain Bike would be more suitable. Birdsland Reserve offers are a number of walking tracks which are all incredibly steep. The condition of some of these trails can be rough and are only suited for a Mountain Bike. Navigating your way around the park is quite easy. All of the walking tracks link back to the main path so you won’t get lost.
History of Birdsland Reserve
Birdsland Reserve is a 75 Hectare Park and is home to a diverse range of wildlife. The area was originally owned by the Birds family. The property was originally used for sheep farming, and was originally known as “Birds Paddock”. The local government purchased the site in 1981 and was opened to the public. This has become a very popular park for hikers, picnic goers and Mountain Bikers.
Birdsland Reserve has always been seen as a Mountain Bikers paradise, but why let them have all the fun. This reserve is one of the most scenic areas you can explore by bike in the Dandenong Ranges. And a great place to visit all year round.
- B.B.Q and picnic facility available
- Pram friendly walks
- Dogs allowed
- Parking available on Mount Morton Road, Birdsland Reserve car park. And on Wellington Road