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.  

Upcoming Events

‘Lets Ride’ - Bicycle Skills Program (Novice)

Not all primary schools within the City of Whitehorse deliver the VicRoads Bike Ed program or have the accredited teachers available to deliver Bike Ed.  Whitehorse City Council’s School Holiday Bicycles Skills Program aims to fill this gap and provide the opportunity for students to gain valuable bicycle skills, awareness and practice that they otherwise would not be able to obtain elsewhere.

The course teaches a range of skills including preparation for riding, riding safely, safety checks, emergency stopping, using gears, scanning, signaling, riding on different surfaces, road rules & signs, riding on paths and basic repairs and maintenance. It is also aimed to increase the number of students riding to school and in the community in general. It aims to encourage healthy lifestyles by increasing students’ physical activities and encourage sustainable transport.

The skills are taught through instruction, demonstration, practice, games and challenges. The course is run in a safe, traffic-free area by professional instructors from Cycling Australia. The afternoon includes a component of instructed on-trail training.

When: Tuesday 9 April 2019
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Where: Terrara Park
Terrara Road, Vermont South 3133
Target: Whitehorse residents aged 8-12 who have not participated in the VicRoads Bicycle Education (Bike Ed) program at their school
Programs: A bicycle confidence, skills and awareness training program targeting novice riders.

What do participants need to attend the course?

  • Have basic bike riding skills.
  • Not need to use training wheels
  • Bring their bike in roadworthy condition and their helmet
  • Bring own lunch and water bottle

Cost: The course cost is $30.00 (subsidised by Whitehorse City Council)
Registration is Essential and places fill quickly.
Book now!

For more information

Email: lucy.menzies@whitehorse.vic.gov.au
Phone: Lucy Menzies 9262 6158