Eight mountain biking trails around Australia to tackle off-road thrills
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Australia’s extremely diverse landscape means there is plenty of choice when it comes to finding an off-road experience, however you like to travel. From winding turns through the Australian Alps to descents in the rainforest, epic off-road mountain biking adventures can be discovered in every corner of the country.
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THE AUSTRALIAN ALPINE EPIC, VICTORIA
When it’s about alpine epic, all you need to know is in the name. The first trail in the southern hemisphere to be literally named “epic” by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, this exhilarating cross-country ski trail begins from the noble alpine village of Mount Buller. From there, you’ll cycle through 40 kilometers of incredible alpine terrain, including several of the region’s most scenic destinations. Passing through groves of snow gum and wildflowers via Soul Revival, One Tree Hill and Gang Gangs on this challenging descent, the Australian Alpine Epic is suitable for experienced riders and takes around seven hours. The trail is open from December to April.
OURIMBAH STATE FOREST, NSW
Located at the southern end of the Watagan Mountains, just west of Wyong, Ourimbah state forest is a popular destination for outdoor adventure activities near the central coast. In addition to the exceptional trek and zipline experiences through the treetops, mountain biking is a priority for many visitors with a series of well-maintained downhill and cross-country ski trails suitable for beginners and experienced cyclists. You’ll find plenty of obstacles and jumps to test your skills, with plenty of routes designed for progression. Plus, a convenient shuttle bus guarantees you a break on the way back to the top of the mountain.
SMITHFIELD MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK, QUEENSLAND
The dense and lush landscape of tropical north Queensland makes it the perfect destination when you are looking for a thrill ride. With more than 60 kilometers of trails in the heart of the tropical forest, Smithfield Mountain Bike Park is considered one of the best off-road trail systems in the world. It hosted the 1996 and 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, and it is also Australia’s oldest mountain bike park. You can weave your way through steep hills and fast flowing streams while passing through a jungle covered with vines and jagged ridges overlooking the Great Barrier Reef. While experienced riders flock to Smithfield for its great selection of fast technical routes to test their skills, beginners will discover a series of spacious and smooth trails that run along the lower edges of the park.
SEAT ARTHURS PARK, VICTORIA
Around the 314-meter summit Arthurs Seat State Park is an impressive network of mountain biking trails that wind through the native bush and rocky terrain of the region. There are off-road adventures here suitable for all experience levels, with 14 trails of varying difficulty. Beginners will prefer the well connected Pink Line Trail, Slippery Gypsy Trail, and East Link Trail with their gentle inclines and minimal obstacles. More accomplished cyclists can tackle the highly technical Deadwoods Trail or the steep drops of the Pins and Needles Trail.
THREDBO MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK, NSW
Alpine mountain biking does not get any better than what is offered at Thredbo Mountain Bike Park. The trails are open from November to May each year and offer an evolving network of cross-country skiing adventures that allow you to find a path that matches your skills. With Australia’s only chairlift-accessible gravity trails open all summer, Thredbo is a great place for cyclists with a bit of experience to test their skills on berms, rockfalls and other technical obstacles. For those who prefer a more relaxing off-road experience, Easy Street and the Thredbo Valley Track offer a stellar combination of thrills and alpine scenery. The Thredbo Mountain Bike Park also offers clinics for all ages and skill levels.
BIG HILL MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK, VICTORIA
Located at the top of the aptly named Mount Beauty, Big Hill Mountain Bike Park is widely regarded as one of Australia’s top mountain biking destinations. This labyrinth of downhill and cross-country ski trails spans over 40 kilometers, with over 50 trails to choose from, depending on terrain and difficulty. Big Hill is home to the National Mountain Bike Championships, but there are a number of trails suitable for less experienced cyclists, including the Dart Spur Track and Sesame Street. With the charming town of Bright located close to this trail, you can complement your outdoor adventures with a visit to the Bright Brewery or one of the town’s many cafes.
STROMLO FOREST PARK, LAW
Stromlo Forest Park is the best place for mountain biking when you don’t want to completely abandon civilization. Just a 15-minute drive from central Canberra are over 40 kilometers of world-class trails suitable for a wide range of riding levels and age groups. Steeped in Australian mountain biking folklore thanks to the home of numerous national championships and professional competitions, Stromlo Forest Park offers highly technical routes, including log walks and bridges, as well as easier trails with long descents. fluids. Put away your lunch and Sonos for a relaxing picnic after the trek through the trees.
NOOSA, QUEENSLAND TRAIL NETWORK
Covering a large part of rural Queensland, the Noosa trail network features eight distinct backcountry trails ideal for biking, hiking and horseback riding. While these scenic trips are slightly more focused on the incredible vistas that make up this part of the world, there are still plenty of challenges ahead. The 25-kilometer Kin Kin Trail to Lake Macdonald, for example, plunges wide open countryside into the rainforest, while the Kin Kin Countryside Loop is a leisurely ride connecting peaceful picnic areas with bird watching opportunities.
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Posted on 05 July 2021 by