May 31, 2015
I'd recommend this place as just as good as Forrest , 5 out of 5 . This place has almost everything . A network of some 20 km of singletrack for mountain bikers only ! From beginner , intermediate to advanced , this place caters for all . The singletracks are narrow , well signposted & the terrain & scenery changes from trail to trail . Smooth fast flowing singletrack weaving its way through the Black Forest State Park through forests of eucalypt trees , plush valleys , numerous creek crossings , bridges ,very smooth burms , jumps all along the ways of varying degree . Switchbacks , some rollercoaster sections of singletrack flowing into more flowing singletrack . The climbs are not too bad at all , a moderate fitness level required . The main loop is the Acheron trail & circuits the bike park , intersecting most of the trails within the park . Another main loop is the Wet Creek Trail which circuits the park as well , crossing a flowing creek ( good for topping up water bottles ) several times over bridges & through lush fern forests . Its exactly 100 km from Melbourne to Buxton , & the town itself is a tiny little town nestled nest to the Black Forest State Forest . There is a Shell roadhouse just before the turnoff , good for coffee & fuel , water etc . The turn off to the park is just after you pass the Shell roadhouse on the left heading north . Its well signposted & once you get to the main car park the trail head starts right there . There is water , mobile phone reception & a shelter when it rains , & when it does it pours ! For a trip a reasonably short drive from the city of Melbourne (1 1/2 hour drive) , uncrowded flowing trails & through the breathtaking views of the Yarra Valley on the way there , I'm already planning my nest trip there - thoroughly recommended .
Forrest , Yaugher Trails