Mountain biking has become an increasingly popular activity in Australia, with riders flocking to MBT trails across the country to experience the immense tracts of raw wilderness – encompassing every sort of rideable terrain from desert tracks to alpine ridgelines and tropical rainforests. Here are some of the best mountain biking destinations in Australia:
Cairns is a tropical paradise located in Far North Queensland and offers mountain bikers a unique experience. The town has a range of MBT that take riders through lush rainforests and along the coast. The Smithfield Mountain Bike Park is a popular destination and offers riders a mix of technical features and fast descents.
New South Wales
Thredbo is a popular ski resort in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, but it’s also a great destination for mountain biking in the summer months. The resort offers over 30km of MBT, including the famous Thredbo All-Mountain Trail, which is 6.2km long and offers a mix of technical features and flowy singletrack.
Stromlo Forest Park only 15 minutes from the city centre, and criss-crossed with world-class MTB routes and 50km of well-maintained, professionally designed trails with Double black diamonds, log rides, gravity MTB. ACT also has stunning riding at Majura Pines, Sparrow Hill and Kowen Forest.
Victoria’s infamous Alpine Epic. This is the jewel in Mt Buller’s Mountain Bike crown and the first IMBA-accredited Epic trail in the Southern Hemisphere: 40km of pristine alpine track, climbing to over 1600m above sea level. If you can only ride one trail in Victoria, start with this.
Bright has a network of over 100km of MBT that cater to all skill levels. Riders can expect to experience stunning alpine views, challenging climbs, and exhilarating descents.
Also the Otway Ranges Great Ocean Road, Lysterfield Melbourne, legacy 2006 C’wealth Games and the Yarra Trails alongside the river that flows through the capital.
Derby is a small town in Tasmania that has become a mecca for mountain bikers. The world-renowned Blue Derby Network has range of trails, from easy cruisers to challenging black diamonds that compare to Whistler, Rotorua, Squamish, and Cumberland. The park is open 365 days a year and it’s completely free. Also there is North-South Track Mt Wellington, plus a 4 day epic rugged MTB west coast from Cradle Mtn to Strahan.
Mawson Trial- It’s 900km of rough-cut fire track, National Park trail, outback scrub and dirt road, running all the way from Adelaide to the sun-beaten Flinders Ranges. The little outback town of Melrose in the Flinders Ranges is a dedicated MTB destination, with bespoke accommodation specifically for bikers.
Looking for a challenge? ‘Munda Biddi’ a 1000km trial from Perth to Albany. The full trail takes around 3-4 weeks, depending on your fitness level. Munda Biddi has a website where you can plan your adventure.
Margaret River is known for its world-class wineries, but it’s also a great destination for mountain biking. The town has a network of MBT that take riders through beautiful forests and along the coast. The Middle Earth Network is a popular destination and offers riders a mix of flowy singletrack and challenging technical features. A South West Mountain bike master plan with nearly 500km is planned Check out towns like Busselton and Dunsborough with intermediate trials full of jumps, berms, logs and roll-overs.
In conclusion, Australia has some of the best mountain biking destinations in the world, with a range of trails to suit all skill levels. From Cairns, Queensland, Derby in Tasmania to Margaret River in Western Australia, there’s no shortage of incredible places to ride.
Keep an eye on weather reports: if there’s been heavy rains, some of the trails might be washed out.
While mountain biking can be an exciting adventure, unexpected events can happen, so it’s always a good idea to invest in comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for riding-related activities and can cover you for any unforeseen events during your adventure. With these destinations in mind, you’re sure to have an unforgettable mountain biking experience.