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Published April 28th 2015
Explore Little Dip by bike
In Robe on holidays? Have your mountain bikes with you? Well, here is a scenic bike ride to work off the fish and chips. This ride is a great way to explore Little Dip Conservation Park.
Suggested mountain bike route
For our ride we commenced at Old Man Lake but it is basically a loop which you could also pick up at Lake Robe or Robe township. It is about 5km from Old Man Lake to Lake Robe. If you ride the whole route its 33km but if you stick to the loop (ie drop the Old Man Lake segment), then 23km.
Old Man Lake is a hyper saline salt lake surrounded by tea tree. It's a great camp spot to base yourself. It even has a drop pit toilet.
View from campsite, Old Man Lake
Leaving Old Man Lake the ride takes you north along the Nora Creina gravel Road for 5km until the Lake Robe Game Reserve track turn off.
Take time to check out Lake Robe, an attractive hyper saline lake, surrounded by dryland tea tree and swamp paperbark. It's home to plenty of water bird species.
Following the southern boundary of the Game Reserve, ride south west until you intersect a fire trail and then take that heading North. This fire track runs along the eastern boundary of Little Dip Conservation Park all the way to the outer edges of Robe. It is used by the 4WD crowd so keep an ear out for any vehicles.
Fire track along the boundary
The track along the boundary takes in mostly coastal dune vegetation featuring coastal wattle, coastal daisy and native currant. The terrain is predominantly gently undulating dunes and swales. It is mostly easy riding but wary of deeper sand patches which can bog your front wheel. On the up side if you fall it will probably be on the soft sand. There are also some stony sections of sheet limestone just to keep things interesting.
Stony limestone sections occur along the ride
Once you hit Robe, just loop back around to the Nora Creina Road and back to your start point. Of course you may want to break your ride with a stop at one of the many cafe's in Robe.
The ride requires a well maintained mountain bike with off road tyres. Sections of the ride are outside mobile coverage so let someone know where you are going and carry the usual water, food and puncture repair spares with you. Also be on the look out for snakes if you are riding in the warmer months. We saw several tiger snakes during our visit.