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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 14 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 several locations around Glossy Black Reserve, with the best entry points located at the end of Barden Ridge Road or next to Skywatch Park on Golden Grove Boulevard. Please note there is limited on street parking available at these locations and the trail network is adjacent to residential areas so please be considerate of park neighbours when using the trails.

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 eight kilometres of mountain bike trails have been built within Glossy Black Reserve. These trails have been classified as either easy (green circle) or intermediate (blue square) by the International Mountain Bicycling Association trail difficulty rating system (IMBA Australia).

The majority of the mountain bike trails are to be ridden as one way trails and the signs indicate the correct direction of travel. The trails either link directly to each other or via short sections of shared use trail (fire trails). Ensure you look out for walkers when riding the shared use trails.

The eight dedicated mountain bike trails are described below. Please refer to the trail map.

Download the Glossy Black Reserve Area mountain bike trail map (PDF 778kb)

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.

Cockys Climb 1025 metres | one way

Blue intermediate ascending trail that winds back to the high point in the reserve. Look out for the Glossy Black cockatoos feeding on the casuarina trees. Links to Drop Bear via Golden Grove trail.

Drop Bear 1080 metres | one way

Descending intermediate trail that rivals the thrill of most rollercoasters at Movie World. This action-packed trail has a series of berms, rollers and optional jumps. Exits onto Golden Grove fire trail, with a steep push back to the start of Cascades.

Cascades 1110 metres | one way

Blue intermediate trail that that follows the contours around the edge of the reserve. The trail takes you beneath a waterfall and over a number of creek crossings. The trail also crosses the reserve's fire trails so look out for walkers. Links up with Cockys Climb.

Fledgling - 130 metres | two way

A short, two-way trail that links up to Cockys Climb. Great for beginners to practice riding berms and going over small jumps.

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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.

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

    Glossy Black Reserve, Enterance and carpark: Golden Grove Boulevarde (opposite 1 Skywatch Circuit), Reedy Creek, 4227


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