Australia houses some of the most diverse landscapes in the world. You can find desserts, beaches, rainforests, canyons, rivers, mountains and valleys all in this one country. Varied landscapes also mean diverse mountain bike riding.
Australia has some of the best mountains bike trails in the world. Most of the trails are well maintained, suitable for all riding levels and designed to take advantage of the beautiful views that this country has to offer. From white beaches to arid deserts, humid rainforests and snow-covered mountains, whichever location you choose your ride will be a memorable one.
We have endeavoured to track down 5 of the top 5 Australian mountain bike trails (MBT). Here’s what we have come up with:
Stromlo Forest Park – Canberra
Stromlo seems to be the people’s favourite. Chosen as number one MBT in Australia on Single Tracks, Stromlo is known as Australia’s premier mountain bike park. This park receives over 100,000 riders per year and has all the facilities to facilitate a rider’s every need.
With over 50km of trails you can pick a trail that suits your fitness level, experience and desired scenery. Stromlo’s Sweet Six are known as the top 6 trails in this park. They include; Western Wedgetail into Skyline, luge, Pork Barrel to Double Dissolution, Blood Rock to Black Snake Gully and Vapour.
Local club contact: www.corc.asn.au
Lysterfield Park – Melbourne
Known as the best park in Melbourne, Lysterfield Park was home to the 2006 Commonwealth Games cross-country course. So if you want to challenge your mountain biking skills, then give the course a go and enjoy the jumps, turns and berms. The park contains over 20km of trails ranging from intermediate to advanced. The trails run through some of the most beautiful Melbourne county sides… don’t forget your spray jacket as Melbourne weather can get a tad damp. Lysterfield club also offers the hoodie co Tall Hoodies in their current merchandise range.
Local club contact: www.lysterfieldmtb.com
Wylde Mountain Bike Park – Sydney
This is an excellent park that the whole family can enjoy. There are both advanced trails for the adults and easy trails for the kids. Wylde Park is famous for its 12 km single trail that will have the most advanced riders happy with many terrains, berms and challenges. There is also a pump track, bike wash and picnic area. A great weekend escape close to the Sydney CBD.
Local club contact: www.sydneymtb.org
Daisy Hill – Queensland
Daisy Hill is located in South Queensland and is easily accessible from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast. With over 40km of trails there is something for everyone. All trails are well maintained and flow beautifully through the humid Queensland forest landscape. Daisy Hill is a flatter terrain, and so it is a great day trip for those who want to spend 4 hours or more riding. A great place to ride in the cooler winter months.
Local club contact: www.ratscc.com.au
Kalamunda Mountain – Perth
Kalamunda Mountain is Perth’s number one mountain bike park. It is only a 40-minute drive from Perth City and has over 40km of well-signed single tracks. The trails are mainly for intermediate riders but beginners can also practice their skills. There is also a trick’s trail with berms, jumps and wooden obstacles for those looking for an adrenaline rush.
Local club contact: www.perthmtb.asn.au