Whitehorse City Council

Walking & Cycling

Walking and cycling get you where you need to go while keeping fit and enjoying the outdoors. Walking is the most popular form of recreational activity for Victorians, and provides environmental, health and social benefits. Cycling is a great way to keep fit, save money and get around without contributing to global warming.

Father and son cycling Whitehorse is blessed with some fantastic walking tracks and bike routes. Council’s pdf icon Walking and Wheeling Guide (2.77MB) highlights some of the wonderful parks and walking tracks within the municipality. The guide includes information on required levels of fitness, disability access, general facilities, and lists the location of some of the BMX tracks, mountain bike tracks, skate parks and playgrounds in Whitehorse.

Some of the most popular walking tracks and bike routes include:

  • The 1.6km walking path around the lake at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary - one of the largest bushland sites in the municipality. The sanctuary offers protective habitat for native animals and indigenous plants whin its 26 hectares. There are a number of informal bike routes in the surrounding areas.
  • The shared tracks for walkers and cyclists at Gardiners Creek Reserve in Burwood. The reserve offers visitors the choice of numerous tracks around the northern section of Gardiners Creek. If travelling close to the billabong, you are likely to see a multitude of open woodland and wetland birds including the Purple Swamphen and the Little Pied Cormorant.
  • The Eastlink Shared Trail in Mitcham boasts beautiful scenery and picturesque views. The old Mullum Mullum Creek Track joins the historic Schwerkolt Cottage and Yarran Dheran Reserve before diverting into the City of Manningham at the north-western corner of Yarran Dheran. The track crosses back to the City of Whitehorse near Quarry Road.
  • The Lookout Trail Park in Vermont South offers a 1.3km shared track for walkers and cyclists. There are great views of the beautiful landscape within the Dandenong Creek Valley and Dandenong Ranges. 

So grab what you need – whether it be walking boots, your bike, your wheelchair or your family, friends or dog – and discover Whitehorse's great outdoors.  

 


CycleWise in Whitehorse

Whitehorse Council supports the community to use sustainable and safe modes of transport. CycleWise courses are facilitated by Bikes@Work instructors and offered free for residents. They fill up fast, so book in fast if you’re keen to increase your riding confidence and skills.

Novice Course

When: Saturday, 18 August 9am-11.30am
Where: Nunawading Civic Centre – Library entrance
Bike handling skills and confidence building (traffic-free)

This session will help existing riders improve their bike handling skills, build confidence and learn strategies for riding safely on paths. In a traffic-free area participants will learn bike safety checks and practice bike control techniques (including stopping, scanning, signalling and using gears) via defensive cycling and effective communication.

BYO – Bike (must be roadworthy), helmet and morning snack
Bookings Essential 

Intermediate Course

When: Saturday, 18 August 12noon -4.30pm
Where: Nunawading Civic Centre – Library entrance
Confidence and safety on the road (traffic-free + on-road)

Initially, bike handling skills will be practiced and perfected in a traffic-free area.  After on-road scenario practice, instructors will lead the group on an on-road ride in the local area, stopping to discuss and demonstrate techniques.  This includes riding past parked cars, through roundabouts, at intersections, hook turns and on paths and in bike lanes – as well as those with no infrastructure.

BYO – Bike (must be roadworthy), helmet and hearty afternoon snack
Bookings Essential 

Further information – please contact Council’s Sustainability Officer on 9262 6158