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Glossy Black Reserve

Glossy Black Reserve features breathtaking vantage points for birdwatchers and a range of recreation trails for walkers, trail runners and mountain bikers.

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Glossy Black Reserve

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Glossy Black Reserve bushlandClick to enlarge

Glossy Black Reserve is over 100 hectares in size with around 10 kilometres of recreation trails. It offers birdwatchers, walkers, mountain bikers and trail runners the chance to recreate and engage with the natural environment. The reserve is largely a mix of Eucalypt forest types with common flora species including spotted gum, blackbutt, she oak and grass trees. It is home to iconic fauna such as koalas, goannas, glossy black-cockatoos and wallabies.

City parks are dog on leash unless otherwise indicated. For safety reasons bushwalkers and trail runners are prohibited on mountain bike trails.

The trail network can be accessed from either the end of Barden Ridge Road or the intersection of Cordyline Drive and Kingscrest Drive. Limited on street parking is available at these locations.

The trail network is adjacent to residential areas so please be considerate of park neighbours when using the trails.


There is a shaded playground for kids to enjoy, which is located at the Riverlilly Street entrance to the park (between property numbers 11 and 13 ).

Mountain bike trails

Around four kilometres of mountain bike trail has been built to cater for beginner mountain bikers with basic skills and some off road experience. These trails have been classified as easy (green circle) by the International Mountain Bicycling Association trail difficulty rating system (IMBA Australia). To challenge the more skilled riders, keep your eyes out for the alternative intermediate (blue square) trail sections along Lazy Lizard and Rabbit’s Run.

The reserve has four, one way only, mountain bike trails which are described below. Please refer to the trail map.

Test Run - 180 metres | one way

A tight little downhill trail with basic technical features to test your skills before heading onto the longer trails.

Jumpin’ Ant Hill - 1600 metres | one way

A climbing trail that offers a challenge as it winds through the forest to the top of the reserve. This trail links to Lazy Lizard.

Lazy Lizard - 1350 metres | one way

Cross country style trail that flows along the forest contours. Remain on the easier route or take the intermediate 'B Lines'. This trail links to Rabbit’s Run.

Rabbit's Run - 1050 metres | one way

Starts as a gentle decent but quickly turns into a fast flowing trail. Graded easy, but look out for the more technical intermediate 'B Lines' along the way.

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Glossy Black Reserve Ant Hill Trail
Glossy Black Reserve Rabbit's Run Trail
Glossy Black Reserve – Riding a berm

Images of Glossy Black Reserve are courtesy of TrailScapes.

Glossy Black Reserve Area trail map

Terrain map (PDF 1.7mb)

Mountain bike trail map (PDF 5.75mb)

Park facilities:

  • Playground
  • Walking track

Sports & activities:

  • Mountain bike riding
  • Great park for...

    • Exploring nature
    • Kids - parks with playground equipment
    • Mountain biking
    • Trail running
    • Walking
  • Address

    Intersection of Cordyline and Kingcrest Drives, Reedy Creek


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