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Great family riding parks

Postby simonv » Tue 11 Oct 2011, 2:26 pm

For the upcoming summer holidays, what are the best parks for taking the family for a ride? For instance, if you give your child a bike for xmas and want to give them a chance for a good ride around or if you want to get the family out and active. I'm putting together an article for Ride On magazine of good riding parks in different capital cities and for Melbourne I'm considering Westerfolds, Jells or Brimbank as good ones people could drive to and then have a good ride, picnic/BBQ, etc. Any suggestions?

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Postby baudman » Tue 11 Oct 2011, 2:33 pm

For younger kids, especially those just learning, Kensington's JJ Holland Park is great. It has a compacted granite jogging track the whole way around. It has many different slopes of varying degrees and surfaces - really every possible option for those first tentative attempts. Toilets. BBQs. Tables.
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Moving on, there's the BMX track in the corner so kids can try their skills. And later again, the skate park gets a lot of BMX action. (The 'BMX' track is due to be revamped soon, with kickers of varying heights/difficulty, as well as a pump track).
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Not sure if it's worth a trip to, however, if there's something closer by.

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Postby Murray » Tue 11 Oct 2011, 3:05 pm

Further out to the east we took our youngsters to Cardinia dam reserve (off Duffy's Road off Wellington Road). Could spend the whole day out there picnicking and riding around. Take enough of you and some of the adults would even get a chance to sleep off the over-indulgence of Chrismas lunch while others rode around with the kids.

Jells is definitely good - especially Jells Park South (enter from Ferntree Gully Road). Also to explore from the northern end up along the Dandenong Creek valley.

Koomba Park on the corner of Mountain Hwy has just a single path but it's long and wide and flat to get started then builds to a little hill and a few gentle climbing winding curves. Might want to ensure parents are with the kids at all times - the toilet block was removed to eliminate its use as a meeting place and there are considerably fewer cars waiting in the carpark now but...

Dandenong Creek Valley from Highbury Road to High Street Road has good wide gravel tracks. Not so much in the way of parkland but a good learning surface with a reasonably long flat area at the northern end and some hills and dips toward the southern end.
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Re: Great family riding parks

Postby JAC » Tue 11 Oct 2011, 3:09 pm

+1 for Westerfolds - a good flat loop track - never too far from the car when the enthusiasm ran out.
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Re: Great family riding parks

Postby Hitchy » Tue 11 Oct 2011, 3:29 pm

when the kids were younger, we used to have an 'adventure' ride from westerfolds. Kids, bikes & Dad dropped off at the park entrance & we'd make our way along the track (assume it's the MYT?) to Fairfield boathouse, where SWMBO (who doesn't ride) would pick us up....icecream for the kids & a beer for dad at the boathouse made for a fantastic day. Might be 10km, pretty flat & on bike tracks the whole way...suitable for all ages.....and if we could coax mum into a boat & it 'accidently' capsized due to 'U' boats in the water, the kids thought that was hilarious as well! :lol:
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Re: Great family riding parks

Postby GreenAlias » Tue 11 Oct 2011, 4:08 pm

simonv wrote: if you give your child a bike for Xmas and want to give them a chance for a good ride around or if you want to get the family out and active.... and then have a good ride, picnic/BBQ, etc. Any suggestions?


On a smaller scale to Jells or Westerfolds (suitable for small kids/learners & unadventurous mums) you might try Knoxfield Park (Melways map 73 B2) or Banksia Park, Bulleen (Melways map 32 D4).

Definitely BBQ facilities at Banksia park - not sure about Knoxfield - but plenty of grassy space to set up your own.

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Re: Great family riding parks

Postby Dcyclist » Tue 11 Oct 2011, 4:24 pm

Braeside Park off Cheltenham Rd is a good one for younger, or less fit riders. Its dead flat. Be careful of snakes though.
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Re: Great family riding parks

Postby wagger » Tue 11 Oct 2011, 4:38 pm

Isn't there a popular family riding park in Heidelberg? I've heard the name but can't remember it (not Westerfolds).
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Re: Great family riding parks

Postby simonv » Tue 11 Oct 2011, 4:50 pm

JAC wrote:never too far from the car when the enthusiasm ran out.

That's a good point

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Re: Great family riding parks

Postby simonv » Tue 11 Oct 2011, 4:54 pm

Hitchy wrote:when the kids were younger, we used to have an 'adventure' ride from westerfolds. Kids, bikes & Dad dropped off at the park entrance & we'd make our way along the track (assume it's the MYT?) to Fairfield boathouse, where SWMBO (who doesn't ride) would pick us up....icecream for the kids & a beer for dad at the boathouse made for a fantastic day. Might be 10km, pretty flat & on bike tracks the whole way...suitable for all ages.....and if we could coax mum into a boat & it 'accidently' capsized due to 'U' boats in the water, the kids thought that was hilarious as well! :lol:

Sounds like a great day out!

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Re: Great family riding parks

Postby ajft » Tue 11 Oct 2011, 4:55 pm

I'd have thought that riding along any of the bike tracks/shared paths that parallel current or disused rail lines would take you through any number of local parks with barbecue facilities; the path along the old "outer circle" rail line for example -- the end I live nearest goes through Boyd park in Murrumbeena. Might not fit the original criteria of giving you somewhere to drive to in order to go for a ride on the bike.
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Re: Great family riding parks

Postby Dilettante » Tue 11 Oct 2011, 5:04 pm

Elsternwick Park is pretty good for families with younger kids - well serviced, no significant hills, good playgrounds and BBQs, good cafes nearby. A better option than the foreshore trails for bayside families wanting to teach a child to ride.

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Re: Great family riding parks

Postby clipperton » Wed 12 Oct 2011, 5:59 am

wagger wrote:Isn't there a popular family riding park in Heidelberg? I've heard the name but can't remember it (not Westerfolds).


the main yarra trail runs through heidelberg flats going towards the city.

further out in eltham there's a nice trail that takes you out to diamond creek, via a pretty impressive playground and a couple orchards and is pretty much flat and very well sealed.
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Re: Great family riding parks

Postby schwarz » Wed 12 Oct 2011, 7:35 am

Lilydale Lake.
Lots of paths, mostly flat, swimming, boating, couple of small sandy beaches, playground, picnic facilities, toilets, carpark etc.
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