I always carry hard copy maps in the forest, and I suggest you do the same. You never know when you are going to need to improvise and technology can be unreliable. Be prepared for the worst bad weather, fallen trees and mud so you'll be pleasantly surprised when it's sunny and glorious. Take water, snacks and whatever you need to fix your bike and keep warm.
About these maps:
These routes can be downloaded to a phone or GPS device and used to guide you around the forest, although I take no responsibility for tracks being open. A lot of the more scenic routes close during winter because their surface would be destroyed by 4WD traffic. All year round tracks can close for logging too, which is why it's good to have a map rather than just following the line. They were also compiled on a computer, and have not been verified on the ground. If you do this, I'd love to hear from you.
Detailed maps have been compiled using RidewithGPS.com - the following google map shows an overview of how they fit together. Keep scrolling for detailed descriptions.
The following is an example of one of the first routes I put together, keep scrolling for the full list.
Toolangi Black Range Loop (120km)
Starting at the WirraWilla Rainforest Gallery; which you need to check out, this loop explores some of the nicest parts of Toolangi State Forest and The Black Range State Forest. From the moment you enter Yea Link you will begin to understand why people rave about this place. Don't worry, you'll get to ride it twice on this route. Thank me later. You could also drive into the Murrundindi Scenic Reserve and camp there, it is located around the 90km mark of this track.
Bike Routes in the Great Forest National Park
- Bunyip Starter Pack (42.9km)
Most of this route is off limits to motorized vehicles. There are a few challenges along the way but it is an immensely rewarding part of the world to visit.
- Reefton Spur Road Loop
This is already a popular route for road cyclists. It is mostly paved except for a section of the Acheron Way, which is readily ridden on road bikes
- Hinterland Heaven Bike Loop (42.3km)
Not a fan of tents? No problem. This ride should take around 3-5 hours depending on how many breaks and side trips you take. Scroll down for a complete description. The map was made with ridewithgps.com and it can generate a free cue sheet if you want one. A .gpx file can also be downloaded which Full description
- Toolangi Tall Trees Day Ride (39km)
Get lost among the largest trees on the mainland.
- Jamieson Insanity
You’ll be pushing your bike up most of Mt Terrible and the whole section above Jamieson is hectic. The views are great but the difficulty is intense.
- Six Mountains
Unridden Route – Challenging, Mixed surface. Not for the faint of heart.
- Finn and Aidan Show (Route)
This route takes you up to the Kinglake Ranges and then through a small section of Mt Robertson State Park into Kinglake National Park. It then traverses Toolangi and connects with the Acheron Way to climb over the Great Dividing Range and back down towards Warburton. It then bypasses Warburton by means of the extremely scenic O’Shannasey Aqueduct Trail and finishes with the Warby trail.
- Toolangi and Black Range Map #1
Hi! Here’s a more detailed map of Toolangi. I’ll add some further points of interest, enlarge the list of steep tracks and maybe add some photos too. But seriously, just go out there and have fun. Discover it for yourself! Please read the disclaimer I posted with the overview map. This is data created Full description
- GFNP Overview Map
Check this out!!! Do your research before you head out and take good quality maps that work without an internet connection. I still use paper and always carry a compass. Almost all of these direction sets include 4wd trails that are going to be most comfortable on a dual suspension xc bike. Hardtails and fat Full description
- Riding to Tanglewood
The trip from Lilydale to Tanglewood Music and Arts Festival for NYE 2016
- Fat Weekender
Crazy trip starting at midnight from Pakenham. Published on We Are Explorers
- Road Bikes Off Road
Early 2016 I went on a roadpacking trip, and took my road bike off road on the O’Shannasey Aqueduct. I rolled up the Reefton Spur, through Marysville, onto Healesville and then up to Castella Junction to hang out with the staunch and committed Knitting Nannas of Toolangi