Legal requirements for trail bike riding on public land

If you are registered, licensed and stay on formed road and tracks you are welcome to ride on the forest roads. If you are unlicensed and unregistered you are limited to private land or motorcycle club venues.

Trail bike riders, like all other vehicles user, are required to follow certain legal requirements. Significant fines can be issued to trail bike riders if caught breaking the law in State forests, parks and reserves. To avoid the inconvenience and costs of fines and prosecutions, do the right thing and make sure you:
  • Hold a current motorcycle licence (or learners permit) and your bike is registered and roadworthy
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Have a noise compliant muffler - the maximum legal exhaust noise is 94dB. Modifications to standards mufflers, or fixing after-market mufflers can make your trail bike illegally noisy
  • Ride only on formed roads or tracks. Riding 'off-road' on single lane tracks is illegal
  • Quad bikes (ATV's) can not be used on public land as they can't be legally registered for road use as they do not meet relevant safety standards
  • Don't use motocross bikes, pit-bikes and mini-bikes (monkey bikes) on public land - they are not designed for registration and do not have the equipment required for registration
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Further advice can be found in the brochure Trail riding - ride safe, ride legal.

Riding on formed forest roads

You may ride on any of the formed forest, park and reserve roads open to the public, but for environmental protection reasons it is illegal to drive off formed roads. Some of these roads are designated Management Vehicle Only and some public roads are closed during the winter (seasonal road closures) for safety reasons or to protect road surface. These roads will have barriers and signposting to advise they are not open for public use. For detailed information about seasonal road closures visit road/track closure and access information page on the Parks Victoria web page.

Registration and / or licensing information

  • If you're not registered, or you don't have a licence, you can ride on private property or at a motorcycle club venue, but not on public bushland, picnic and camping areas, parks, forest tracks, and any road or footpath.
  • If your bike, mini bike or quad bike isn't registered for use on public roads, you can only ride it on private property or motorcycle club tracks.

Under age trail bike riding

Only licensed riders on registered bikes are allowed to go trail bike riding on public land in Victoria. The earliest you can apply for a motorcycle licence is at 18 years of age.

Riders under 18 are only allowed to ride on private land, motorcycle club venues or ride parks. Motorcycle clubs and ride parks promote safe and responsible riding and most provide coaching for young riders.

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