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Australia's 12 Gnarliest Mountain Biking Spots

12 Jul 2021

If you're a mountain biker at heart, the stationary bike at the gym is a sad substitute. Being outside is essential when you're riding. You love the mud kicked up around your ankles, the quiet among the tall trees, and the feeling of flying mid-air. 

Luckily, from the mossy Tasmanian forests to the trails at the base of Mount Kosciuszko, Australia has a huge variety of MTB parks and trails. Check out this state-by-state list of some of our favourites. They are all as gnarly as you make them, while also offering something for all levels.

VIC

1. Forrest Mountain Bike Park

WHERE: Forrest, VIC 3236
NEAREST DISCOVERY PARK: Discovery Parks - Geelong

Mountain Biking BlogImage: Forrest Brewing Company, Otway Ranges; Credit: Visit Victoria

Make your way to the Great Otway National Park, a rainforest of skyscraping trees and cascading waterfalls. Deep in the Otways lies a network of trails that make up Forrest Mountain Bike Park. At the southern end of the Forrest Trails and among the eucalypts, there's the much loved Red Carpet Trail, a 6km gentle flow that takes you from Lake Elizabeth to the mouth of the Barwon River. Inside the northern loop in the Yaugher Trails, the J2 is a must for downhillers who love the B lines. Overall there are a few easy trails in Forrest MTB Park, but this country is mostly for experienced riders. 

2. You Yangs Regional Park

WHERE: Branch Rd, Little River, VIC 3211
NEAREST DISCOVERY PARK:  Discovery Parks - Geelong

Mountain Biking BlogImage: You Yangs Regional Park; Credit: Visit Victoria

Free, well-marked, and boulders for drop-offs. Need we say more? We will, 'cause we've got plenty to tell you about You Yangs. Cross-country and downhill riders should go straight to the Stockyards, which features natural rock ramps, fast runs, and rock gardens aplenty. For beginners, the Kurrajong Plantation has flatter tracks, and the Great Circle Drive offers 12km of gorgeous scenery and several steep descents to go with your morning coffee! Well known amongst officianados of the sport, You-Yangs is the full package you have to have on your bucket-list.


NSW

3. Thredbo Mountain Bike Park

WHERE: Friday Dr, Thredbo, NSW 2625
NEAREST DISCOVERY PARK: Discovery Parks - Jindabyne

Featuring the highest peak in Australia, you better believe there's world-class trails at Thredbo Mountain Bike Park. To kick things off, start off with the Flow Trail, a rad option for anyone being introduced to the sport. It's a fairly calm ride (nothing like the aptly named Cannonball Trail), so don't sweat the small stuff if you're new! Take note that the views at Thredbo are incredible, and you'll get panoramas of it all once you're feeling confident enough to take on Thredbo Valley Track. Another iconic destination.

4. Ourimbah State Forest

WHERE: Bruces Point Rd, Ourimbah, NSW 2258
NEAREST PARK: Discovery Parks - Lane Cove

Welcome to...Jurassic Park! While you won't find any velociraptors here (mostly sure of this, no promises), Jurassic Park is one of several enjoyable trails in the Ourimbah State Forest. Looking to go a little faster? True to its name, the Roller Coaster is a downhill joyride that'll have you flying through the trees. A Tree Top Adventure Park is also here, offering high rope courses and zip-lining at its best. Although less famous than its neighbour parks, Ourimbah is the perfect place for an action-packed family holiday, and has something to suit all levels of adventure.

 

SA 

5. Eagle Mountain Bike Park

WHERE:Mt Barker Road, Leawood Gardens, SA 5150
NEAREST DISCOVERY PARK: Discovery Parks - Adelaide Beachfront or Discovery Parks - Hahndorf

You may of heard South Aussies harping on about the trails at Eagle Mountain Bike Park, and we can confirm - this ain't no folks tale! At barely 15 minutes by car from the center of Adelaide, this magical wooded enclave is at the gateway to the Adelaide Hills. Featuring 22km worth of trails that cater to beginners through to riders who love taking on the big air, there are cross country trails, a downhill trail, a jumps park, a skills park, and a trials area to work with. Easily a full day's worth of MTB goodness - what more could you want this close to the city? Brilliant riding here.

6. Fox Creek Bike Park

WHERE: Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve, SA 5232

NEAREST DISCOVERY PARK: Discovery Parks - Adelaide Beachfront or Discovery Parks - Hahndorf

Although severely impacted by the bushfires of December 2019, Fox Creek Bike Park has now partially re-opened (April, 2021) with work ongoing to rejunevate its 48km of trails. Well deserving of its moniker of the 'jewel in SA's mountain biking crown,' as of June 2021, Downhill race meets had resumed - a sure sign that a full recovery is imminent. Kudos to Forestry SA for their work in getting the park operational again and to the volunteers who continue to play a huge part. A great community and an incredible park.

TAS

7. Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park

WHERE: Glenorchy, TAS 7010 
NEAREST DISCOVERY PARK: Discovery Parks - Hobart

Mountain Biking BlogImage: North South Track; Credit: Flow Mountain Bike

Adelaide isn't the only place with quality riding. The Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park in Tasmania is one half of a greater network of trails in the Greater Hobart region. Mountain cross, cross country, and downhill trails all travel this stunning slice of Tassie wilderness. Riding the famous 20km North South Track that connects Glenorchy to Wellington Park is a must. It's spectacularly beautiful: a fairytale-worthy moss-green rainforest, a rockscape full of dramatic boulders, and a view of Hobart you need to see to believe.

8. Maydena Bike Park

WHERE: Derwent Valley, TAS 7140
NEAREST DISCOVERY PARK: Discovery Parks - Hobart

The hype is real. Gravity-fed and gravity-led, this park has upped the ante again on Tasmania's exploding MTB scene. Developed by local legends Dirt Art, 73+ individual trails make Maydena a must-ride for anyone who loves getting dirrrty on a bike. From family-friendly scenic rides, wilderness cruises and epic pro-trails, every one of them makes the most of Maydena's unique rainforest location and includes spoonfuls of vertical elevation. Serviced by a fleet of minibuses and and trailers to get you and your bike back to the summit fast, there's no reason you can't go all day here! 

9. Hollybank Reserve

WHERE: 24 Hollybank Rd, Underwood, TAS 7268
NEAREST DISCOVERY PARK: Discovery Parks - Hadspen


Mountain Biking BlogImage: Hollybank MTB Park; Credit: Park Flow Mountain Bike

While riding up Hollybank Reserve's Juggernaut trail feels like a slow form of torture, its 10km descent is absolutely worth it, with rollers, rock obstacles and breathless drops to remind you you're alive. Just a short drive north of Launceston, Hollybank Reserve is home to Australia's biggest pump and jump track. Beginners can try out No Sweat, a doable loop through a scenic slice of the park, while hardcore riders will froth over the Double Black Diamond trail, Ginger Ridge. Fuel up at Launceston's Harvest Market, where a plate of paella will easily get you through a day of riding. So. Much. Fun. 

10. Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails

WHERE: Derby, TAS 7264
NEAREST DISCOVERY PARK: Discovery Parks - Hadspen 

Mountain Biking Blog

Image: Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails, Blue Tier Descent; Credit: Flow Mountain Bike

This is the ultimate, the Mecca, the creme da la creme of mountain biking in Australia. Offering unparalleled natural beauty and genius trails designed by Glen Jacob and Word Trail, this park surprises and delights everyone who visits. Whatever the secret sauce is, Blue Derby feels like the mountain biking gods offered us the gift we've always wanted. Situated in the north-eastern corner of Tasmania, there are 24 trails here from green to double black. The Atlas and Blue Tier trails are crowd favourites, charming riders with views to the coast, trickling streams and boulder rollercoasters. How good is it to be alive? 

WA

11. Kalamunda Mountain Bike Park

WHERE: Paulls Valley, WA 6076
NEAREST DISCOVERY PARK: Discovery Parks - Swan Valley and Discovery Parks - Perth Airport 

This is the place to ride if you're in Western Australia. A 40-minute drive east of the CBD, the Kalamunda Trail Network offers everything from black diamond downhills and long distance offroading to technical climbs and flowy trails. Whether you want to challenge yourself or go easy, it's yours to map out. If you're here in the morning, you might come across a kangaroo or two, and we're sure you'll love the trail names just as much as we do; Loco en el Coco, Muffin Tops, and Rocky Balboa are just a few. Get amongst the fun.

QLD

12. Toogoom Trails

WHERE: O'Regan Creek Road, Takura, QLD 4655
NEAREST DISCOVERY PARK: Discovery Parks - Fraser St, Hervey Bay

The Toogoom Trails were born from a local love of mountain biking on Queensland's Sunny coast. Positioned at the edge of the Vernon State Forest, northwest of Hervey Bay, Toogoom caters to a growing interest in the sport of downhill locally. While there are only a few more difficult rides, getting your flow on in nature is an awesome way to workout! So much to love about these trails.

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