Cycling Lysterfield Lake

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Lysterfield Lake has some of Melbourne’s greatest Mountain Bike trails and offers some great cycling.  The park hosted the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and a network of fantastic single track was built to accommodate this great event. Lysterfield Park contains some stunning natural bush and forest and wide variety of wildlife. The lake itself is a man made lake which was originally built in 1936 in order to supply fresh water to the Mornington Peninsula. When the Cardinia Reservoir was built in 1975, the lake was no longer required as a reservoir and has since become a very popular tourist destination. Lysterfield Lake is seen as a great place to ride a Mountain bike, however its fire trails can  also be ridden on a CX or a Road bike & given its locality to the Dandenong’s can easily make for a great detour.

The Trails

The Park has over 20km of Mountain Bike single trails, as well as a network of fire trails. Bike trails cater to riders of all ages and skill levels and offers everything from beginner/family trails, intermediate free-flowing trails as well as double black diamond trails that aren’t for the feint hearted.  The park joins onto the Churchill National Park which offers some very challenging steep rolling fire trails.

The great thing about riding around Lysterfield Lake is that you can choose your own adventure, and can easily mix up your rides. Choose a ride that winds its way through rock gullies, bushes, boardwalks and flowing descents, or take on one of the parks many climbs.

Keep an eye out as there are lots of obstacles to keep that will keep you on your toes. Tree roots, logs to jump, rocks, boardwalks and the odd Kangaroo here and there.

Photo credit ghatamos; Flickr

Getting there

Lysterfield Park is situated approximately 30 kilometres south-east of Melbourne. The main entrance is via Horsewood Road. There are alternative car parks at Hallam North Road, Wellington Road, Rockleigh Park Road and Reservoir Road.

Further information can be found at this link:

What we think

Lysterfield Lake is great to ride especially as you can ride it all year round. The wet cold wintery months are some of the best times of the years to ride. Over the hot summer months, bring your bathers and have a swim in the lake after your ride, and it’s a great place that you can bring the whole family.

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