The Western Plantation, affectionately known as the Flat Track consists of a 6 km loop with a 7 km additional option (Leg Juicer).The Trail consists of 90% Single Track, 5% Fire Road and 5% obstacles. This track is aimed at beginner to intermediate level riders. However don’t discount the ability of the terrain to put on a show. There are enough challenges for the most experienced rider. There is a seemingly endless amount of turns and twists. There are log rides, small rolling jumps, boardwalks and dry creek half-pipe obstacles to keep everyone’s interest, intriguing kids to conditioned athletes.
Within the Plantation, a Skills Area has been built, consisting of a concentration of boardwalks, ramps, crossings, log-rides and see-saws. Alongside the skills area is a Dirt Jump Section.
The Stockyards is 95 % Single Track and 5% Management Track. There are a number of trails from Green Circle Cross Country trails to Double Black Diamond Down Hill runs. The Stockyards is aimed at intermediate to advanced riders. Within the array of trails there are numerous fast flowing turns and timber berms, board walks, rock-gardens, step-ups and jumps. Each trail was designed and built with a purpose in mind. Please ride respectfully.
A detailed map and table is included as a guide to the individual trails.
From Melbourne, turn off the Princess Hwy at Little River exit. Pass through the township of Little River, cross the train lines, immediately turn left toward You Yangs. Turn right at the T-intersection (Stockyards). Turn left at the T-intersection (Plantation).
From Geelong, head toward Melbourne. Take the first Lara exit. Straight through at the roundabout until you reach the Forest Rd/Branch Rd Y-intersection. For Plantation, follow the road around to the left (Sandy Ck Rd). The Car park is 500m on the left. For Stockyards, turn right at the Y-intersection. Take the second left and the second left again.
All the obstacles and routes are IMBA graded and signposted. The Stockyards is predominantly more challenging than the Plantation. All the trails have been designed to give the rider a perception of speed. Your only limit is your ability to go faster. The descents are action packed and the climbs keep your mind off your burning quads.
Everybody from Dad and the kids to the crew who just came back from the worlds will leave satisfied. About the only thing you won’t find out here are big groups hanging around in Lycra sipping half de-caff skinny lattés.
Self sufficiency is required at the You Yangs. Pinch flats are rare but walking 40 minutes back to your car sucks, a water bottle and spare tube will keep you out of trouble. Toilets and water is not available at the trail heads, although they may be obtained at t
Summary: Western plantation is off limits to mtb. has been replaced with kurrajong network. stockyards is awesome. surface is very skitish, loose sand, fine gravel and big ass boulders, so there will be blood. not a plesant place on a hot day, little shade. new toilets installed and bigger carpark made at drysdale rd entrance. kurrajong network is good for beginners and as a xc workout. small 4x section at kurrajong on the chainsaw trail. lots of trails for all skill levels, from beginners to double diamond suicide people.
Summary: This is the best trial I have ever been to. It has very varying terrain for all riders of all abilities in a small area. From hardcore downhill trails for the very best to simple singletrack for those who are only begining and everything in between. There are not many facilities there so you have to be self sufficent. Bring a tube and a water bottle and pack a roll of toilet paper just in case. Seriously consider bringing the full armour suit and full face helmet because I have already had some teeth knocked out and some massive scarring.
Recommended Route: Go to the map of the trail and plan your day from there. It really depends on how comfortable on a bike you are.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Try Lysterfield Park if you are not up to the challenge of the You Yangs or you are just a beginner.
Summary: XC trails are very boring, ridng them uphill means corners have no affect. Coming back slightly downhill was little better, but very easy-not very twisty. There was one double but surface before it meant it was very hard to jump. The boardwalk is awesome with undulations and little bends.Very nice!
The DH is better, but my XC hardtail meant i didnt tackle all the trails. Lactic acid is good-along with the trails that run around the outside.Also trail numbers 9 and 2.Also the one with the boardwalk. I rode up most of the DH runs-very difficult. When i went they were linking the DH section with the XC trails(boardwalk)so hopefully that track will be good. The higher part of the trails is alot Better!
Recommended Route: Do the XC boardwalk but predominately ride in the DH section, as it also has xc trails, but still plenty of DH trails for Downhillers. make sure the track your on isnt closed, as some "race only" trails have gates blocking them.