It is about 6km one way to ride from Jells Park to the Vermont South Skate Ramp. Although it is in the middle of suburbia, the trail takes you through bushland, 'farmland' and also through the Bushy Park Wetlands.
There is much to interest children as there are small bridges to cross, a tunnel to go through, cows to see, waterbirds to view via the bird hides and a variety of terrain to navigate, from concrete bike paths to well-graded gravel paths. Adult supervision is required in a few spots as children will have to cross the car park entrance at the Waverley Baseball Club and the access roads to the Monash Pony Club and the Nunawading and District Motocross Club. However, for the most part, this is a very safe and relatively quiet cycle route.
From the cafe at Jells Park, you ride down the hill to the left of the lake. From here make a left-hand turn and go over the bridge to the left of the entrance to the bird conservation area. Ride along the gravel path and if you are lucky the kids will get to see some cows grazing beside the fence.
You'll soon reach a junction where a left-hand turn will take you through some bushland towards the Shepherd's Bush Community Garden. At this point, you have reached a road, but stay on the right-hand side and a few meters up there is the entrance to the bike path.
Riding along here you will enjoy a relatively flat ride through Shepherd's Bush and then past bird hides and the Bushy Park wetlands. This is a nice spot to pause and see if you can spy any waterbirds.
From this point, there is an incline through the bush on a gravel trail. Continuing on this path will bring you down past the motocross club and the Whitehorse Recycling and Waste Centre to Burwood Highway.
If you are in need of refreshment at this point, you can carefully cross Burwood Highway and visit Java Script Cafe at Vermont South Private Hospital. Otherwise, why not make your way back and take the kids up the lookout tower at the top of the hill, before descending to the Bushy Park wetlands once more.
Rides like this are a great way to get out and about in your local area and prove that you don't need to spend a lot of money or time in order to entertain children. It is also a wonderful way for the whole family to get some exercise.
Parking is plentiful at Jells Park or if you feel the whole ride is too much at this stage, there are various spots, such as Highbury Road, where you can access the trail.