Goulburn Broken Cycling – Winton Wetlands

An enjoyable day of open space riding, described below is a 34km loop around Winton Wetlands. There are various options to explore for longer or shorter rides. If coming by train via Benalla, add approximately15km for the return ride to and from.

Bump & Grind Cycling Route

Winton Wetlands Loop

Start / Finish locations: 
Mokoan Hub & café car park
652 Lake Mokoan Rd, Chesney Vale VIC 3725
https://wintonwetlands.org.au

Mode: 
ebike, hybrid, MTB, gravel

Map:
GPS -36.439730401400716, 146.06316433156667

Difficulty: 
Easy

Distance:
34km. There is scope for various routes and extensions

Elevation:
163 – 189m

Topography:
Flat

Surfaces: 
Largely gravel, except the final sealed leg back to the car park along Lake Mokoan Road.
Note: if the weather is or has been wet, minimise use of Nelson Road. It can be very slippery and muddy. It can be closed to vehicles.

Description and Features:
You can pick up an excellent cycling guide from the café. 

Composed of numerous ephemeral wetlands and grassy woodland, Winton Wetlands is a the largest wetland restoration project in the southern hemisphere. The site is interesting whether wet or dry. It was dry for this visit. It is home to many bird and animal species. When wet, a special attraction is that the site teems with water birds and raptors (see the last photo in the series for when wet from 2017). 
The interpretive displays along the various routes share insightful environmental, historic and cultural information. There are Art in the Landscape installations at a number of locations along the way. This is an outstanding place for photography.

Riding conditions: 
The whole route is very exposed. It can be very cold and very hot. Check the weather beforehand. 

Options:
Ride to and from the Wetlands via the Benalla – Mokoan Discovery Trail.

Anticlockwise Cues:
Take the dirt track east parallel with Lake Mokoan Rd to the old dam wall
Left North Rd
Left Flynns Rd
Right SW Track (or follow Flynns all the way to Nelson Rd if wet)
Left Nelson Rd
Left Winton North Rd
Left Boggy Bridge Rd
Left Lake Mokoan Rd back to car park

Amenities:
Car parking
Café (check opening hours Mob: 0497 939 507)
Playground
Seating
Picnic tables 
Public toilets
Waterways
Walking tracks
Wineries nearby
Historic features
Alternative routes
Accommodation nearby
Fishing (licence required)
Camping (booking required)
Trailhead, map & Interpretive signs
Railway station at Benalla
Flora and fauna habitat

Cautions:
Open water
Soft shoulders
Limbs may fall
Embankments
Uneven ground
No potable water
Remnant fencing
Slippery surfaces
Subject to flooding
Road surfaces vary
Snakes may be active
Tracks may not be clear
Beware of vehicle traffic
Mobile reception may be unreliable
Carry food, water, First Aid, be SunSmart 
Be equipped for self-reliant riding 

Restrictions:
No dogs
No firearms
No hunting
Take rubbish with you
No firewood collection
Do not remove soil or rock
Historic relics are protected
Native flora and fauna are protected
Do not remove timber from standing trees
No fires in the open. There is a communal fire pit at The Nesting Ground camp site, otherwise gas cooking is recommended. 
Closed for camping on days of total fire ban
No 4WD or motor bike access
Drivers/riders must: use formed roads only, be licensed, be registered

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