Gravel Riding

We’re all explorers at heart and backcountry gravel riding is the ideal vehicle for those seeking adventure and space out beyond the resort boundaries. With an incredible network of gravel and backcountry riding routes weaving their way across the Bogong High Plains Falls Creek is the perfect gateway for your next trip. With options ranging from smooth & idyllic aqueduct trails right through to all day Alpine epics the rewards are waiting for those willing to push on just a little farther. With the ability to link backcountry rides into the network of singletrack and trails in our MTB park the only real limit to how far you can go is yourself. 

What You'll Need:

All of the routes are designed for a gravel bike, but some of the gnarly trails may be easier on an MTB. Make sure all riders are independent and prepared, never head out alone, and let someone from home your plan. A quick checklist may include:

  • Tools, pump and spare tubes (with the ability to use them 
  • Clothing for the conditions + a jacket (the weather in the Alpine region can change quickly)  
  • Food and water for the duration of your ride  
  • Fully charged mobile phone  
  • First aid kit
  • Map + compass (and know how to use them) 

The Trails

The high-altitude trails of Falls Creek include a range of wide gravel roads to winding single trails, and everything in between. We’ve curated some of our favourite routes and graded them accordingly. Ranging from 15km to 70km+ epics, these trails have been designed to keep you smiling (or gritting) for days.

Rocky Valley Lake Return

15.5 km | Intermediate

This leisurely roll is a celebration of water, taking you along the Aqueduct Trail and around the edge of the majestic Rocky Valley Lake.

Ideal for intermediate gravel riders, the journey begins with a brief climb on the tarmac from the Falls Creek Village Bowl before moving into the compacted gravel of the well-maintained Aqueduct Trail. From there on, it's smooth sailing past wildflowers along flat trails to the sparkling waters of Rocky Valley Lake. This out-and-back loop is ideal for mixed groups or those
looking to ease into a weekend of pedalling.

Start location - Slalom Day Car Park Bike Hub
Finish location - Slalom Day Car Park Bike Hub
Elevation gain - 200m
Water & Toilets - Falls Creek Village


14.4km | Intermediate

Tour of the Top is an ideal loop for those seeking a high-impact short ride.
Whether you've just arrived at Falls Creek or are looking for a great introduction to the area's beauty, this route will warm up your legs. Take on a steady climb along the well-maintained
Aqueduct Trail, past the sparkling Rocky Valley Dam, to 'the top' for incredible, panoramic views of the Bogong High Plains. This loop is ideal for intermediate riders looking to immerse
themselves in the natural beauty of the Victorian Alps, combining a short ride with unparalleled vistas – especially at sunset.

Start location - Slalom Day Car Park Bike Hub
Finish location - Slalom Day Car Park Bike Hub
Elevation gain - 260m
Water & Toilets - Falls Creek Village

34.9km | Intermediate

Combining historic cattlemen's huts with the natural beauty of Victoria's High Country, this loop is perfect for intermediate riders seeking a longer challenge.

With optional detours to iconic Cope Hut and Wallaces Hut just a stone's throw from the main loop, this route is laden with opportunities for exploration and discovery. Smooth bitumen and well-groomed gravel paths lead to uninterrupted views of spectacular mountains and sprawling valleys. Perfect for a group ride, this route will captivate cyclists of all skill levels, including even the most seasoned gravel grinder.

Start location - Falls Creek Bike Hub
Finish location - Falls Creek Bike Hub
Elevation gain - 366m
Water & Toilets - Falls Creek Village

28.3km | Advanced

This advanced loop is a short and intense ride that offers a diverse blend of forest, waterfalls, tranquil lakes, and mountain views.

This route is a quintessential gravel adventure that encapsulates the diverse beauty of Falls Creek. While it may be short in distance, the loop packs a punch with its long, sustained 10km
climb to the top of Mt McKay and a road surface of inconsistent, soft gravel to challenge riders. Be rewarded for your efforts with panoramic mountain views, valley vistas, and iconic bushland scenery. Make sure you allocate yourself some extra time for a refreshing lake swim.

Start location - Slalom Day Car Park Bike Hub
Finish location - Slalom Day Car Park Bike Hub
Elevation gain - 719m
Water & Toilets - Falls Creek Village

36.6km | Expert

Not your typical gravel route, this adventure cycling out-and-back ride requires expert skill levels.

The route's steady climb up Mt Nelse is an exposed traverse through heathland, where the low-lying vegetation and high altitude combine to offer breathtaking views throughout the
journey. Expect to navigate challenging segments including dismount locations as you ride bush tracks with variable surface quality. The ride culminates in a very technical climb to the Spion Kopje summit. Offering some of the most spectacular views in the High Country and a profound sense of isolation, this route is a must for adventure seekers and expert gravel grinders.

Start location - Slalom Day Car Park Bike Hub
Finish location - Slalom Day Car Park Bike Hub
Elevation gain - 639m
Water & Toilets - Falls Creek Village

19.2km | Intermediate

This lovely cruise is a great intro into gravel riding and is perfect for those whose legs are a little less experienced.
Heading out on simple gravel roads this out and back route delivers stunning views of the high plains and brings riders out to the secluded Pretty Valley Lake. With steady climbs and beautiful 
scenery it can easily be extended with additional loops or a quick detour to the Pretty Valley Hut.

Start location - Slalom Day Car Park Bike Hub
Finish location - Slalom Day Car Park Bike Hub
Elevation gain - 420m
Water & Toilets - Falls Creek Village


27.4km | Advanced

An epic ride out that takes you well out of resort boundaries and into the stunning isolation of the Tawonga Huts.

With more technical terrain and a very isolated feel this awesome ride is a real adventure. Ideal for an out of bounds MTB ride this can be combined with riding back into resort on some singletrack in the Falls Creek MTB park.

Start location - Slalom Day Car Park Bike Hub
Finish location - Slalom Day Car Park Bike Hub
Elevation gain - 762m
Water & Toilets - Falls Creek Village

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