Bike tracks & bike parks

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Our shire has an extensive network of bike paths and tracks both coastal and inland.

We also have seven bike parks offering a range of bike facilities including a 4X track, dirt jumps, pump tracks and BMX tracks.

Bike parks are subject to a wet weather policy. The track surfaces are damaged if ridden when wet. Please help us maintain our high standard tracks and only ride when the tracks are dry.

If you are interested in forming a voluntary bike park maintenance crew, please contact the Surf Coast Shire Council on 5261 0600.

Cycle Surf Coast

 Visit the Great Ocean Road tourism site for all things bike, including information on:

  • mountain bike trails
  • rail trails
  • cycling events
  • bike hire in the region
  • and more

You can also download our Surf Coast Mountain Bike Rides Guide(PDF, 1MB) and Great Ocean Rides booklet(PDF, 8MB) for information on cycling in the region. A hard copy is available at Visitor Information Centres.

Anglesea Bike Park

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Update: 8 January 2024 - Anglesea Bike Park is temporarily closed for urgent maintenance. 

Main features:

  • Victoria’s first professionally designed 4X track (or Mountain Cross)
  • 400m long track with well-designed mounds, rollers, jumps and table tops
  • Suitable for a range of skill levels, excellent dirt jump area and a single track with log rides
  • The park is a popular destination for local families and visitors

Location: 80 Camp Road, Anglesea

Bookings and contact: 03 5263 3251 / www.angleseabikepark.com.au

Bob Pettitt Bike Park

 

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Main features:

  • Features 3 jump lines suitable for riders of all ages to enjoy

  • Adjacent to skate park, playground, oval, tennis courts, shelter and BBQ/picnic facilities

 Location: Bob Pettitt Reserve, 87 Sunset Strip, Jan Juc

Contact: Surf Coast Shire 5261 0600

Connewarre BMX Track

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Main features:

  • Continuous circular track with small jumps and berms

  • Suits riders from beginner to intermediate levels

  • Adjacent to tennis courts, basketball, playground, shelter and BBQ/picnic facilities

 Location: Connewarre Reserve, Randles Road, Connewarre

Contact: Surf Coast Shire 5261 0600

Deans Marsh BMX Track

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Main features:

  • Continuous circular track with small jumps and berms

  • Suitable for beginner and intermediate levels

  • Adjacent to skate park, playground, oval, tennis courts, shelter and BBQ/picnic facilities

 Location: Deans Marsh Memorial Park, Pennyroyal Valley Road, Deans Marsh

Contact: Surf Coast Shire 5261 0600

Kalkarra BMX Track & Pump Track

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Main features:

  • Continuous circular track with small jumps and berms

  • Suitable for beginner and intermediate levels

  • Pump track - great to develop bike skills and fitness

  • In close proximity to playground, shared pathway and small shelter

 Location: Kalkarra Park, Kalkarra Crescent, Mount Duneed

Contact: Surf Coast Shire 5261 0600

Moriac BMX Track

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Main features: 

  • Continuous circular track with small jumps and berms

  • Suitable for beginner to intermediate levels

  • Adjacent to the Moriac skate park, all access play area, large shelter and BBQ/picnic facilities

Location: Newling Reserve, Hendy Main Road, Moriac

Contact: Surf Coast Shire 5261 0600

Spring Valley Bike Park

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Main features:

  • Beginner, intermediate and advanced jump trail runs

  • Picturesque setting adjacent to Spring Creek Reserve

  • Great place to develop bike skills.

Location: Spring Valley Drive, Torquay

Contact: Surf Coast Shire 5261 0600

Rider - built bike jumps

Our communities enjoy a very active lifestyle and our townships are home to amazing outdoor facilities and spaces to exercise and play.

Rider-built jumps are not only a dilemma for our community, where some people love them and others loathe them, they are also a complex, region-wide issue.

While we’re very keen to support getting kids outdoors and active, getting their hands dirty and enabling them to be creative with building bike jumps, we want to support them to do so while also being safe. Our alternative is to channel their energy towards existing bike jumps and get their help to make them both fun and safe.

While we understand that it may seem like harmless fun to build a few dirt jumps in a park, reserve, bushland or empty grassed area, these jumps are a concern for both community safety and our environment.

Get involved - bike park maintenance / revamp project

Bike Park maintenance sessions 

Council has set up a way for clubs and community members to do maintenance work on our bike parks. We’d love to see the energy that’s currently channelled into rider-built jumps going towards our existing bike parks instead. The Surf Coast Mountain Bike (MTB) Club is on board, and maintenance sessions are held at Spring Valley Bike Park and Bob Pettitt Reserve. Future sessions will be held, so keep an eye out. There are also sessions at the awesome Anglesea Bike Park, so contact the Park Committee via www.angleseabikepark.com.au to find out how you can get involved. For more information on doing maintenance works at our bike parks, contact the Social Infrastructure and Open Space Planning Team at: info@surfcoast.vic.gov.au, or 5261 0600.

Why can’t people build jumps in parks and reserves?

Everyone’s safety is our responsibility

As a Council, we need to make sure that anything built on Council land is safe – for both the users and passers-by. When community members build their own jumps, we can’t ensure that what has been built is safe – either in the design or construction.

While some of these jumps are relatively small and might appear to be low risk, regardless of size, there is always the possibility of serious injury, and no one wants to see a young person get unnecessarily hurt doing what they enjoy.

While most accidents on these jumps usually result in abrasions, or perhaps a broken bone, there is a real risk of a much worse outcome, such as brain damage and loss of mobility with devastating lifelong impacts for the individual and their families and friends, especially when a jump is not structurally sound.

These outcomes can, do, and have happened, therefore Council has an obligation to ensure the safety of our community, including our young people, which is why Council has for many years removed such jumps built on Council and Crown managed land.

Caring for our environment

We need to be particularly careful of damage to the natural environment. When dirt jumps are built by riders, it often causes damage to trees and plants, grassed surfaces, garden beds, mulched areas and tree roots, due to the digging required to remove the dirt.

Sometimes the jumps are built in our conservation areas, causing damage to endangered plant species. It’s important that we ensure our natural environment, beautiful landscapes and opens spaces are being taken care of. Construction of tracks may result in damage to bushland including areas with endangered ecological communities, threatened species or Aboriginal heritage value. And just because “no one was using the bush” does not mean its biodiversity and intrinsic environmental value are not important to our community.

What the whole community want

While an open space may seem like a good place to build jumps, residents with properties that surround that open space may not like the idea of having something built so close to their homes or they may have legitimate concerns that their properties will be affected, for example by changes to drainage. When Council builds something, we talk to all those who will be affected by it, including those living close by, to ensure that everyone’s feedback is considered.

Removal of rider-built jumps

For the reasons outlined above, rider-built jumps in parks and reserves will be removed by Council staff when required. 

Why has Council removed these jumps?

Council acknowledges that building jumps in parks and reserves has occurred for many years, and Council has also, for many years, regularly removed these jumps. It’s actually a common practice for Councils across the country.

What has changed of late is the amount and scale of the jumps, which has escalated. The building of jumps shows us that kids loves bikes, the outdoors and getting their hands dirty.

However, jumps created have become larger with more risky elements to negotiate on the bike, and as such Council has an obligation to respond and manage this risk, we don’t want to see anyone get hurt, especially if it can be avoided.

Why is a rider-built dirt jump not acceptable when Council has a skate park and BMX track with jumps?

While there will always be some level of risk involved in any skate or BMX facility, Council can manage this by having facilities professionally designed and built, and regularly checking and maintaining them.

There are documented standards for building skate and BMX facilities with the aim of minimising risk of serious injuries for users; noting that these facilities have features that are jumps or promote jumping. When a facility is built in accordance with standards and regularly inspected and maintained, the risk of injury and liability is mitigated and managed. Importantly, Council has an obligation to ensure it is not negligent. Providing facilities that meet accepted standards and keeping them in good condition helps ensure we are not negligent regarding things that are built on land we are responsible for.

A well-intentioned rider-built jump doesn’t follow a professional design and construction process and presents a risk to the safety of users and passers-by, which isn’t acceptable.

If people choose to ride these jumps, isn’t it at their own risk, not Council’s?

While Council acknowledges to some extent we are all responsible for our own actions, there is clear legal precedents and clear advice that Council, as land manager for these areas, has a responsibility to manage the risks and failure to do so would be considered negligent, and potentially see Council held legally and financially liable for an injury.

Peer pressure can and does push people, particularly young people, to try and do things that are beyond their capacity, the result of which can be serious injury.

Unfortunately, when people do get hurt many seek compensation and want someone to be held liable even if the person was a willing participant and aware of the risks.

It is extremely difficult to justify using rate payer’s money to pay compensation for an injury that occurred on Council land or property when Council is aware that the risk existed and failed to do something about it.

At the end of the day Council endeavours to keep members of our community safe and well where possible.

How are bike jump locations rehabilitated?

Rehabilitation works undertaken by Council may include:

  • Planting and mulching to mitigate environmental impacts
  • Installing signage to tell people why jumps can’t be built there
  • Removing jumps, rocks, debris and rubbish
  • Installing temporary fencing to protect the space and support its rehabilitation
  • Using logs or branches to block tracks and cleared areas to allow the bush to regenerate.

Rider-built jumps – can they be supported?

Council staff will be working with local community experts, industry organisations and other Councils to investigate best practice in management of rider-built jumps, the potential to develop future guidelines for safe jumps, and also investigate stewardship or management arrangements / agreements. If there’s a way in which rider-built jumps can happen safely and be well managed, we’ll do our best to help.

Where else can I ride my bike?

 

Surf Coast Shire acknowledges and thanks Greater Shepparton City Council, City of Whittlesea and Lake Macquarie City Council for their contribution of information.