So you’ve got your gnarly new mountain bike, now it’s time to put it to the test. With cooler (and much more tolerable) weather just around the corner and so many communities and small towns around the country needing our support in the wake of the bushfire crisis and drought, now is as good a time as any to plan a roadtrip.
Whether it’s just a few towns away or to another state, there are plenty of epic MTB trails around the country waiting for you. Here’s a list of some of our favourites.
New South Wales
Famously known as Australia’s home of alpine riding, the Thredbo Mountain Bike Park is approximately a six hour drive from either Melbourne or Sydney or a two and a half hour drive from Canberra. The park features a wide variety of trails for riders of all skill levels and private lessons are available if you’re new to the sport or are after some tips to advance your skill level. Read more here.
Once upon a time this was a thriving tin mining town but now it’s become one of Australia’s favourite mountain bike trails. Riding on the trails is free for an entire 365 days each year and are maintained daily so you can rest assured that no matter when you go, you’ll have a premium experience. If you’re planning a visit April to mid-June and September to mid-November are recommend as peak riding times for their typically-superb conditions. The town of Derby is within riding distance and here there are several accommodation options however it is recommended to hire or bring your own car so that you can enjoy all the town has to offer as well if you wish. Read more here.
Australian Capital Territory
Perfect for both professional and recreational riders, Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra features 1.2km road crit cycling circuit, a purpose-built event pavilion, over 40km of mountain bike trails and running and equestrian spaces. It’s only a ten minute drive Canberra so there is a wide array of accommodation available nearby and with a wide variety of international, national and local events occurring year-round, it’s a favourite destination for many Aussie MTB riders. Read more here.
Home to over 700km of mountain biking tracks from five different hubs, including the all-time favourite Atherton, Cairns is a premium location for riding alongside the premium Great Barrier Reef amd Wet Tropics Rainforest. Many major races and rides have been held here such as the 2017 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships and 2014 and 2016 Mountain Bike World Cups. There’s also a large range of easier trails for those new to the sport or looking for a more casual and family-friendly ride. Read more here.