Length: Ten Trails totalling 20km from 200m to 6.3km
Grade: Easy to Extremely difficult
Track: Varies from hardened surface with widely variable and unpredictable natural features and terrain.
Start: Park entrance off Horswood Rd
Finish: Park entrance off Horswood Rd
Nearby: Belgrave, Emerald
Lysterfield Park contains some natural bush and forest that was the common landscape for much of the Melbourne area before white settlement. Lysterfield Lake was used to supply fresh water to the Mornington Peninsula before the construction of Cardinia Reservoir in 1975. The Park is a significant area for an amazing variety of birdlife – 172 species recorded – attracted by the different types of food and environments provided by the woodlands, forest, lake and grassy open spaces.
The Park can be used for a wide range of recreational uses including walking and water sports, but is best known for the mountain biking opportunities. This last caters for a broad range of cycling enthusiasts. The trail network is made up of existing management vehicle tracks, the newly designed State Mountain Bike Competition Course (built for the 2006 Commonwealth Games) and a selection of recreation mountain bike trails to cater for all skill levels.
Cyclists are not permitted to create new tracks, ride through the bush or ride on tracks other than those designated for Mountain Bike Riding. Please respect the trails that are designated for walkers and equestrian use only. Riders should observe the rules formulated by the International Mountain Biking Association.
Further information can be found in the Park Note Mountain Bike Riding – Lysterfield Park available at