Past Meetup

Thornbury - Woodlands Historic Park (Gellibrand Hill) Loop (Medium-59kms,+437m)

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12 people went

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This ride is open to financial MBTC members and Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides.

This ride takes us along the Merri and Moonee Ponds creek trails to Gellibrand Hill and Woodlands Historic Park.

There are great views of the city and the Airport. The landscape is a glimpse into life in the hills in the mid 1800s. There are granite boulders, native wood- and grasslands, wild kangaroos and a 150-year old homestead, whose paddocks are retirement ground for some famous race horses.

We’ll be crisscrossing the park on dirt roads and trails. Some of these are washed out and a bit rough in some areas due to the recent rain.

Bring your lunch or buy it at the bakery in Westmeadows before we hit the park, and we’ll stop in for a coffee at the historic homestead before we start our ride back.

If you wish to attend the Bikes, Burgers & Beer ride in the evening you can peel off at Moreland with Claude and ride to the start point at Moonee Ponds station.

More info on Woodlands Historic Park:

We will keep up a reasonable pace of approx. 20kph on the flats.

Bikes to be in good working order.
Gravel, touring or CX bikes with tyres suitable for unsealed surfaces recommended.

Check out the route at:

Spare tube and a puncture kit
MYKI card, ATM card/cash, basic tools, rain gear, food/snacks, etc

It's your responsibility to check the temperature and distance for the day and carry an appropriate amount of water. When riding outside suburbia remember that carrying too much water is better than not enough as the distances between water availability may vary greatly from the planned route due to road closures or other unforeseen circumstances.

Check your app for any changes two hours before a day ride, or two days before a multi day ride as the ride may be cancelled in the event of extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

If you cannot make it to the ride please change your RSVP to 'NO' within a reasonable time.

Our club policy is that visitors may participate on three rides before making the decision to join our club for an annual fee of $25.

You can join Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club Inc. at

Benefits include other rides not listed on Meetup, special event meetings, social events, RWGPS club subscription, etc.

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