See the untouched wilderness that throughout Australia in a different way, by bike. Whether that be mountain bike or cycling along a track, there is something to please everyone.
Tasmania has become THE place for mountain biking, with lots of new tracks added around the state. If you love mountain biking then this is the place for you.
In the North East of Tasmania, once a thriving mining town, Derby has now one of the world’s premier mountain bike tracks, Blue Derby. It encompasses 125km of purpose built mountain bike trails for all skill levels.
St Helens Mountain Bike Trails are some of the most scenic trails in the world – where else can you ride from the Mountains to the Sea, ending the trail at one of the most beautiful beaches. Whether you like to shred some serious downhill, enjoy some cross country flow or just want a fun day on the trails with the family, the St Helens Trails are just that. Gravity Isle MTB offer a comfortable 40 min shuttle from St Helens up to the track or back from the tracks. Whether you need access to the epic Bay of Fires trail or the gravity trails at Flagstaff, the team will help.
The Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Trail crosses three different Tassie towns – Latrobe, Railton and Sheffield. There is a variety of trails that range from green (beginners), blue (intermediate) and black (advanced). It has 100kms of trails for adventurers to try cross country, gravity endure, climbs and even a unique e-challenge!
Maydena Bike Park is a gravity focused mountain bike park in the Derwent Valley. Designed to offer something for everyone from families to elite riders.
On the West Coast, there are some great Mountain Bike Tracks. Each are stunning and unique in their own way and are great for all levels of riders. Try the Sterling Valley Trail, Oonah Hill Trail, Ocean Beach Trail or the Montezuma Falls Trail.
Grab a bike from Hobart Bike Hire and head up to the top of Mount Wellington and ride down! Red Decker run a bus from Brooke St Pier that takes you and your bike to the top of the mountain, so that you can ride down. It is certainly an exciting experience!
If you are after something not as adventurous, take your bike or hire one from Hobart Bike Hire and ride along the cycling track from Hobart City to MONA in Berriedale. It is an easy 12km trail. Try the Eastern Shore Foreshore Bike Track along the water, which is around 20km long.
Northern Territory –
In Darwin, there is a variety of sealed and unsealed bike paths through some of the beautiful nature parks and reserves.
Charles Darwin National Park has a complex network of tracks to bike along. The Casuarina Coastal Reserve trail gives you a jungle feel with the lush vegetation along the track.
Darwin’s Bicentennial Park is a nice flat track to cycle along and take in the views of the ocean.
The Red Centre, Alice Springs, gives those that love the thrill of rough terrain the perfect spot to bike. It has expanding network of trails that go in all directions. Or take a more scenic and informative trail that takes you to historic sites. Outback Cycling are the local experts when it comes to MTB in Alice.
Australian Capital Territory –
Canberra has a couple of different mountain biking tracks, as well as a beautifully flat path that runs around Lake Burley Griffin making it an easy cycle way to see the some of the sights of the city.
Majura Pines is a 20km mapped trail for riders of all abilities. There is short beginner loops, cross country trails, flow trails, double black diamond descents, pump tracks and even jumps. If you are a beginner, the Beginners Trail is ideal for gaining confidence.
At Stromlo Forest Park there are dedicated zones for all skill levels that have cross country trails and for the experienced, dirt jumps. If you aren’t into MTB and the family are, there is also a 2.5km running tack, 1.2km criterium cycling circuit and equestrian trail. There are shuttle bus services that take you to the Forest on weekends and public holidays.
The Centenary Trail is a big loop around the edge of Canberra – a total of 145km, just stop off at any part and see what Canberra has to offer.
Canberra’s newest trail precinct, Cotter Pines, covers 11 trails over 12km. It has a mix of cross country tracks to suit all rider levels.
New South Wales South Coast –
Grab your bike and head to Lake Illawarra in Shellharbour. There are a range of different bike paths around the lake. The whole path is a 52km loop, but you can do sections along the way if you don’t want to ride it all!
The coastal path along the beach in Kiama is a great one for the whole family.
If you are after more of the thrill, Blackbutt Forest Mountain Bike Track in Shellharbour is a 3km singletrack for beginners and intermediate riders. It is a good track to get kids started.
The Mill Bay Boardwalk in Narooma is the perfect way to appreciate the natural beauty of Narooma and watch the many activities on its expansive waterway. Cycle along the boardwalk, or let the kids ride and you walk.
Head to Merimbula and explore Mandeni Family Fun Park, a fun mountain bike park. It is a great place to learn how to mountain bike. The purple track is 1.8km and is flat through the bush. Once you are a bit more confident, the blue trail has easy hills and winds around lakes. If the kids are fearless, then the skills park is a must try.
Western Australia –
Take in the panoramic views over the Perth CBD from Kings Park by bike! Kings Park has an abundance of cycle paths throughout the bushland.
The number one cycle spot in Perth is over on Rottnest Island. The best way to get around the island! The island is 25km around, but when you can stop at all the pristine beaches, there is nothing better.
The Swan Valley Heritage Trail winds through beautiful vineyards and local restaurants and cafes. It is a flat track that is 10km end to end.
For the Mountain Bikers, the Kalamunda Hills have biking trails and make it a great way to explore the Hills. They have easy, moderate and black diamond trails.
Langford Park in Jarrahdale is an awesome stop for mountain biking families! There’s no hectic climbs or mountains, and the trails range from easy to moderate – perfect for beginners.
Marrinup Trail in Dwellingup is great for families looking to take in the scenery whilst on the bike. The Turner Hill loop is suitable for kids with little shorter sections.
If you are after a scenic easy ride along a great bike path, the Yarra Trail from Wattle Glen to Melbourne CBD is just that. The Gardiners Creek Trail is an off-road shared pathway. Starting in Blackburn it heads into the CBD. Travel through beautiful wetland areas where you can see ducks, birds and frogs.
Mystic Mountain Bike Park in Bright is built by riders, for riders! There is something for all abilities with a large network of cross country trails alongside gravity trails. Start out on the flatter, twisty riverside trails before gaining altitude on the up tracks before speeding back down. If you don’t feel like riding up and then back, try taking one of the shuttles to the top.
Enjoy a relaxed pedal with the wind in your hair on one of the off-road Rail Trail through Victoria’s High Country. If you love to ride and also see historic towns, stunning scenery and gourmet stops then the rail trail is for you.
The Walhalla Goldfields Rail Trail has you riding through magnificent forests and views of the Thomson River through the railway route that once ran from Moe to Walhalla.
Buxton Mountain Bike Park is situated in the Black Range State Forest with around 20km of purpose built mountain bike single track filling the park. Trails can be ridden in a number of different length loops. Gentle climbs and fast flowing descents make up the trail.