If you’re in search of a white-knuckle riding trail, then you’re sure to find what you need in Australia as there are plenty of mountain biking trails suitable for beginners and experts alike in stunning surroundings. Even some of the professionals shred these trails, so you can count on them being some of the very best in the world too. Well-maintained and purpose-built, there’s no better time than now to grab your mountain bikes and explore more of Australia.
Mawson Trail, South Australia
In the rural outback of South Australia, you’ll find 900km of rough-cut fire track that starts from Blinman, in the Flinders Ranges and heads into Adelaide. You’ll feel one with nature heading down the trail through remote towns and villages in a journey that will truly show how punishing Australia’s outback can be. However, the astounding sights and picturesque landscape, it’s no wonder it’s a popular trail for cycling enthusiasts and you don’t even need to do it all at once either as there’s plenty of places to get much needed rest along the way!
Alpine Epic – Mt Buller, Victoria
With a number of trails available to ride on Mt Buller when the snow clears, the Alpine Epic is truly the best of the bunch. With around 40km of rugged terrain and a climb of over 1600m above sea level, the trail leads you through snow gum woodlands, granite valleys and ferny glades which is why this trail is one of the favorites for mountain bike enthusiasts in Australia. Not only that, but the Alpine Epic is the first IMBA-accredited ‘Epic’ trail and draws in hundreds of tourists each year that are seeking a thrilling ride.
Blue Derby, Tasmania
Known as Blue Derby, this trail comprises a network of 125km of webbing trails that heads right through the heart of a temperate rainforest. Situated in the quaint little mining town of Derby in the upper northeast corner of Tasmania, since its inception in 2015 it’s earned rave reviews from some pretty influential people in the mountain biking world including Alan Vogt, head trail designer for the Kowalski Brothers. What’s more, it’s completely free to ride, there’s plenty of trails to choose from to suit all types of rider, and it’s open 365 days a year!
Stromlo Forest Park, Australian Capital Territory
First opened to the public in 1967, Stromlo Forest Park offers riders an exhilarating experience down professionally designed trails and it’s only 15 minutes from the city center! Perfect for both beginners looking to test themselves or experts wanting a new place to refine their skills, Canberra’s adventure playground provides 50km of well-maintained tracks and stunning surroundings. With challenging trails such as ‘Skyline’ and ‘The Luge’, it’s no wonder it’s a fans favorite among pros and mountain bike enthusiasts.
Munda Biddi Trail, Western Australia
If you’re thinking of turning a mountain biking adventure into more of a holiday, then why not challenge yourself to the Munda Biddi Trail which is a whopping 1000km trail that heads from Perth all the way to Albany. The full trail takes around 3-4 weeks and leads you through WA’s Darling Range, which is laden with eucalypt forestry and off-road terrain. With stunning surroundings and scenery to feast your eyes on during the day, you can truly sleep under the stars in remote shelters at night.
Whether you’re looking to explore more of high country, or you’re simply wanting to shred some trails and push your limits, Australia has some of the finest mountain biking trails the world has to offer. And whilst most are free, there’s no reason to hop on your bikes and experience more of what Australia has to offer!