|You Yangs Mountain Bike Park
About the You Yangs
You Yangs Regional Park – 55km south-west of Melbourne and 22km north of Geelong – is fast becoming a Mecca for mountain bikers. The Park boasts a fifty-kilometre network of purpose-built tracks of varying length and levels, from easy open dirt roads to tight, technical single-track and an extreme downhill not for the faint hearted.
Tracks are signposted with names and difficulty ratings keep you from getting lost or straying onto terrain that’s beyond your skill level. The majority of the tracks are located at the Stockyards, an area which offers a range of tracks from easy to extremely difficult.
The Stockyards area in the north of the Park provides a variety of challenging cross-country and downhill tracks overlooked by dramatic granite crags. Tracks feature natural rock ramps, rock gardens, fast runs and designated downhill runs.
The area was previously a quarry, with much of the material removed to construct the base of the original Geelong Rd.
The Kurrajong Plantation
Has easier, flatter tracks that provide a perfect introduction to mountain biking. For more casual riding, the 12km Great Circle Drive is an unsealed road that takes a scenic route through the park. Care must be taken on some of the steeper descents.
The Great Circle Drive is also open to motor vehicles.
Situated between Geelong and Melbourne, just west of Little River, the You Yangs is about a 45-minute drive from Melbourne. For public transport users, the train station at Little River is only 10km from the Park, an easy warm-up ride before hitting the tracks.
The Stockyards is accessed from Drysdale Rd on the northern edge of the Park. Take You Yangs Rd from Little River but turn away from the sign for the You Yangs Park entrance and head north on Little River Ripley Rd. Turn left onto Drysdale Rd.
The nearest toilets and water for the Stockyards are on the southern edge of the Park inside the main entrance off Branch Rd. Enter the Kurrajong Plantation via the main Park entrance and Great Circle Drive. There are picnic tables and toilets on Kurrajong Ave off Great Circle Drive.
Common Sense is Key
Mountain Bike trails are often shared, which means they are also used by runners, walkers and equestrians, amongst others.
Please respect the environment and others by following
mountain bike trail etiquette.
Respect for the environment:
- Ride only on trails open to mountain biking
- Stay off muddy trails after rain
- Pack out what you carry in
- Environmental protection of all living things
- Control your bike and stay on the trail
- Trails are damaged when you skid
Respect of others:
- Respect other visitors to the forest
- Expect someone may be around the next corner
- Slow to approach others
- Pass others with care
- Everyone wants to enjoy the trails
- Control your speed
When mountain bike riding, be smart and have respect for yourself:
- Ride within your ability
- Expect foreseeable risks
- Stay hydrated
- Plan your ride
- Enjoy your ride with buddies
- Carry tools and spares
- Take a mobile
Mountain biking is no longer permitted in the Western Plantation. This area is now designated for horse riding.
Mountain biking is not permitted on walking tracks.