Plenty Gorge-Yarrambat Horse Trail

Regretfully – The Plenty Gorge – Yarrambat Horse Riding Trail has been closed to all riders due to the ongoing wet weather.

There are a couple of dangerous spots that need to be inspected.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can ride on it again.

Also, today I received a complaint from the Golf Course that there were riders on the course. This must stop immediately. There is an investigation as to who that could have been.

Things like this will get the trail closed for indefinitely.

Please take care and stick to the trail when it is open again

“We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of lands on which we live and work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and to all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who continue to care for their country, culture, and people.”

Acknowledgement to Country

The Plenty Gorge-Yarrambat Horseriding Trail is an 8 km, looped, off road trail providing a safe location for horses and riders in the Plenty Gorge from Yarrambat Park to Ashley Road Yarrambat. This is a 2 year trial project. All riders must remain on designated track

for more information, please check out our dedicated Facebook page

Detailed Directions:

Riders starting At Yarrambat Park

  • Riders starting from Yarrambat Park  – 8 kms approximately 2 hour ride
  • Yarc and YHPC members will park insid ethe grounds. Make sure you take your gate key with you, so you can get back in – ALWAYS lock the gates when leaving for your ride.
  • We request horse floats are parked on grass land near the lake.
  • There is a mounting log located on the fence line of the Pony Club grounds.
  • Follow the road around the trotting track and when you get to the cross road opposite the toilet block turn left until you arrive at the boom gate. This is the start of the Plenty Gorge – Yarrambat Horse Riding Trail. Stay on the gravel road that heads to the Greensborough Model Aero Club. do NOT ride on the grantitic sand path. This is NOT part of the trail.
  • You will see the Trail signage on the left side of the gate.
  • Please take the time to read the sign by Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.
  • The second sign will have the trail map and land markers, Facebook Page and QR code. Please scan the code – It would be great to hear from you how you enjoyed the ride.
  • Ride around the gate and stick to the road all the way down to the Greensborough Model Aero Club gate. Take the gap in the fence to your right and follow the fence line until to get to the cavaletti’s near the big gum tree. ƒ
  • Turn left here and follow the path all the way until you get past the YARC Cross Country Course. You will come off the bitumen road to your left and follow the path towards the river. You will see the horse signs and orange arrows with the letter H on the trees. Follow these markers throughout the whole trail.
  • You will arrive at a gate next to the river, enter the walk way and veer left up hill on the vehicle management track, past more signs. Do not go right onto a narrow walking track which has steep banks. Not safe for horses.
  • Once you get to the top of the hill you will see a fence line to your right which is the back of the Yarrambat Golf Course. There is a track here created with logs on the ground which you will follow which has been cleared for horses.
  • Site wire has been installed when the track gets close to the greens to avoid riders going onto the golf course. Follow the orange directional arrows marked on the trees for the trail.
  • Watch out for golf balls. Golfers won’t know you are in the bush but if their balls end up on your path they have taken a bad shot for the green.
  • You will come out at an open grass area which has been mowed to keep riders on the track. Follow the mowed track past a big gum tree which will be on your left side and a burn pile ashes on your left. Then you will enter into a gully with bushes and follow the track out into another open grass area.
  • This track heads south towards Ashley Road, behind Ashley Park Agistment Centre. Walking pace only please past Ashley Park Agistment Centre as there may be riders training on the arena. Also we dont wish to disturb the horses in the paddocks. Once you get to the top there is a locked gate at Ashley Road. At this point you will turn right and head around the back of the property on the corner with the high cyclone fence. You will turn left at the end of the property, continue along until you get to Lawler Track. You will see a sign in front of you St Achelles Track.
  • If you turn left here you will come out over a set of cavalette’s opposite Ashley Park Agistment Centre. Or right turn here and follow the track past a conservation area on your left. Continue west along a large open fire break track . Follow this all the way west past another St Achelles Track sign, continue straight ahead and at the end, the track will bend to the right, continue along this track and head uphill until you get to a cross road. At the T turn left and continue on this track past a dam on your left and right, continue past the concrete slab. Ride past the slab which will be on your left. At the end of the concrete slab turn left and continue on the fire break path downhill.
  • Veer left past the rock crossing, avoid the right side due to a number of rabbit holes, continue uphill and at the end of this path you will have Ashley Park Agistment Centre in front of you.
  • You can either turn right here and go back to the Ashley Park cavaletti’s or left to go back to Yarrambat Park.
  • Turning left head north along this path between the trees to your right and the conservation area on your left. At the end of the conservation area turn left and follow the fence line onto a fire break path to the right.
  • You will have Burgan bush on your left and right of this path. You will go through the centre of it.
  • Follow this fire break back towards the golf course.
  • You will now see the toilet block to your right.
  • There will be a water trough to the rear of the toilets for your horses to use.
  • You can also use the toilets here if you have someone to hold your horse.
  • Do not go onto the Golf Course.
  • Continue left along the side of the Golf Course. Stay to the left of the trees
  • Enter the woods and follow the track which you would have already ridden through. Follow the signs back
  • Coming out of the woods you come out into an open grass area. Head towards the telephone tower to the north.
  • Towards the bunkers, enter the gully and remain between the siter wire and watch out for the golfers, heading home to Yarrambat Park

Riders starting at Ashley Road

  • Riders starting from Ashley Road
  • Enter at Lawler Track opposite Ashley Park Agistment (96 Ashley Rd, Yarrambat)
  • Follow the track downhill to Lawler Track. You will see a sign on your left “St Achelles Track”. Continue past this sign remaining on the Lawler Track
  • Follow the track past a conservation area on your left. Continue west along a large open fire break track. Follow this all the way west past “St Achelles Track” sign, continue straight ahead and at the end, the track will bend to the right, continue along this track and head uphill until you get to a cross road. At the T turn left and continue on this track past a dam on your left and right, continue past the concrete slab. Ride past the slab which will be on your left. At the end of the concrete slab turn left and continue on the fire break path downhill.
  • Veer right past the rock crossing, continue uphill and at the end of this path you will have Ashley Park Agistment Centre in front of you.
  • You can either turn right here and go back to the Ashley Park cavaletti’s or left to go to Yarrambat Park.
  • Turning left head north along this path between the trees to your right and the conservation area on your left. At the end of the conservation area turn left and follow the fence line onto a fire break path to the right.
  • You will have Burgan bush on your left and right of this path. You will go through the centre of it.
  • Follow this fire break back towards the golf course.
  • You will now see the toilet block to your right.
  • There will be a water trough at the rear of the toilets for your horses to use.
  • You can also use the toilets here if you have someone to hold your horse.
  • Do not go onto the Golf Course.
  • Continue left along the side of the Golf Course. Stay to the left of the trees
  • Enter the woods and follow the track. Follow the signs.
  • Coming out of the woods you come out into an open grass area. Head towards the telephone tower to the north.
  • Towards the bunkers, enter the gully and remain between the siter wire and watch out for the golfers. Remain on the track at all times.
  • Once you are out of the bush area you will come out to a vehicle track area heading down hill towards the river. You will come to a gate at the bottom. Go past the gate and turn right heading uphill on the track past the YARC Cross Country grounds. You will get back onto the vehicle track after this which you will follow uphill past the Greensborough Model Aero Club. When you get to the north fence line you will go over the cavaletti’s.
  • Turn right and follow the fence line until you hit Aeroplane Track. Turn left and this road will take you to Yarrambat Park
  • Under no circumstances are riders permitted to leave the approved track

The Plenty Gorge – Yarrambat Horse Riding Trail has a 2 year trial period. Parks Vic will assess the impact horses have in this area on a regular basis

The project committee require everyone to abide by the rules in order to continue with this privilege of riding in the Plenty Gorge

– YARC Committee