We really wanted to give you some more motivation for coming down here, there’s more riding that the few hundred km of trail near Woodend, in fact there’s a shit ton of riding in Australia, but you have to remember its bloody big place. unless your getting about in a time machine dont expect to even get to all the Victorian trails if you come for a week. But what better reason than to stay longer, make an epic road trip out of it, why not ride the continent.
No doubt you’re aware we have animals here that wanna kill ya, well actually they don’t , most would rather get out of your way. but they they will strike when stressed, so read up on first aid for snakes and spiders, take appropriate first aid equipment, food, water, let people know where your going, take some form of communication and be sensible.
Most importantly, these trail descriptions are just guides, the people who wrote these were probably drunk and it all seemed like a good idea at the time, get maps for the big adventures, and be aware of your surroundings. Not so much in the city but in rural areas it maybe common not to see other riders on a trail, especially mid week. if you wish to know more about trails, head to the blog section and find the “riding around” section. Oh and there’s heaps more trails than what we’ve listed here, so stay tuned more might pop up prior to the big show. Go adventure……….
Please enjoy our map .
showing places to ride, accommodation and train Stations and other stuff made for you by us.
Of course there is plenty of good trails around Woodend, hundreds of Km actually. Not all of them sanctioned, so here’s the legal trails care of the Wombat club page with Legal trails,
Below are some handy local (Aussie) MTB forums that might also offer some maps and trail advice.
Some riding areas within 40min – 3.5 hr of woodend
Yarra Trails (Melbourne)
Melbourne is blessed with some great trails starting right from the edge of the city. Sweet single track taking you from. from Fairfield Boathouse out to Hans’ Loop (Candlebark Park, Templestowe) and return is close to 50km. There aren’t many cities in the world that offer this standard of riding so close to the urban centre.
Start from Fairfield Boathouse and cross the Pipe bridge, loop underneath it and follow the trail away from the city. The single track mostly sits between the Main Yarra Trail (bike path) and the Yarra River. Keep your eye out for the trails running off the bike path and follow your nose. If you’ve ended up in the river, you’ve gone too far.
Keep your eye out for Bruce’s Loop through the gates off to your right near the drink bubbler. Hans’ Loop is just after the canoe club sheds. There are plenty of people riding these trails so no problems asking for directions. There are regular mid week night rides, so bring your lumens and hook up with some of the locals.
If you head the other way off the Pipe Bridge, you will also find a bunch of trails between Fairfield Boathouse and Studley Park Boatbouse and in Studley Park itself. Just watch out for the trail runners. But do check it out, the bat colony along the river is worth viewing.
Located to the north in metropolitan Melbourne Plenty Gorge is the quickest way to find yourself in the Australian bush. At least 40km of sweet single-track to be found in these parts. With trails varying from open fire roads to technical rock gardens and everything in-between, expect 500m of climbing on short pinches for a 20km loop. It’s best to take a local with you – it’s easy to get confused in the Gorge. Contact the riders on Facebook page ‘Plenty Gorge MTB’ if you want a tour, a regular Tuesday Night Ride is run every week and once a month on Sunday mornings. Also take your own water, enough for 3-4 hours of fairly strenuous riding. (trail forks link )
You Yangs trails
The You Yangs trails are one of the more easily accessible trail areas near Melbourne, either a 1 hour drive from the CBD, or a train trip to Lara and a roughly 14km road ride to the trails. They are wholly contained within the You Yangs regional park, are well signposted, and are designated as MTB only (although you will find the occasional trail runner risking it on the MTB trails). They are not explicitly directional (except for the Downhill trails in the Stockyards). IMBA “Rules of the Trail” and Trail grading apply. There are toilets, but no other facilities. Bring any water, food, or supplies you might require.
There are two distinct areas, the Stockyards and Kurrajong Plantation. The Kurrajong Plantation, as the name suggests, is a Eucalypt plantation and is predominantly flat and fast singletrack. The surface is loose over hard, with a number of areas of sand. Perfect flat out single speed territory. There are little to no technical trail features, it is not unknown for Cyclocross bikes to appear in club XC races in this area. Fully rigid is a definite advantage here (with correct tyre choice of course).
The Stockyards area is much more technical, with climbing and/or descending the order of the day on all trails. There are a few more rocks, mostly smoother sandstone, with the surface mostly hardpack, but with a healthy dose of loose over hard and/or sand. Snakes and lizards are a common sight on the trails, as are Wallabies and Kangaroos. None of these animals have any trail sense, and Kangaroos and Wallabies are surprisingly dense on impact. Don’t get bitten by a snake, most of them will kill you. In spite of these risks, this area is appreciated more by “ridgey-didge” mountain bikers, with technical trail features and some elevation (for Australia). Definitely rideable with whatever gear you normally run, the climbs don’t last long.
For the more aerobically equipped, it is possible to complete a roughly 35km loop around the park including some sections of fire road (check Strava or park maps for detailed info). There is a very new-school style flow trail (Epic) from the main entrance to the park heading east. It pops out onto fire road which you climb up to the Stockyards area. Ride whichever way you like through this area, but climb back out onto Great Circle Drive where you can dip into some more singletrack (Junction Track) to cut across to the Kurrajong Plantation. The descent down to the Kurrajong Plantation includes some nice rock gardens and steep edges to keep you on your toes. You then ride through the Kurrajong Plantation back to the main entrance. The Geelong Mountain Bike Club hold an annual marathon following this loop in honour of the patron of the park, the You Yangs Yowie. Often seen lurking just past the apex of fast corners, on the edge of rock gardens, or at the exit of berms, this creature is to be approached with extreme caution. It is known to alert the local drop bear population of the presence of fresh blood, appropriate protection from these savage beasts is recommended. Yeast based spreads are most effective.
So you are heading for Wombat to ride hard and drink harder? Got a bit of time to kill on either side of the main event? Bendigo is just an hour away by train. What can you expect? Trails. Lots and lots of trails. All within a 15 min casual pedal from the station and close to numerous watering establishments.
Kick it off with the Spring Gully network. This is the venue for many of our local events, from local club races through to the big one, the Golden Triangle Epic, which is part of this year’s Marathon Championship Series. The network can be ridden in many different formats depending on how much time you have or how far into the pain threshold you wish to delve. 6km, 10km, 15km, 25km 40km and 50km loops are all there with a huge variety of terrain covered. The trail network incorporates sections of the Goldfields Track so those that are really keen can catch a train to Castlemaine and ride the Leanganook Track section to Bendigo before catching a train beck to Woodend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9auRJORee0
Spring Gully is not the only trail though. We are blessed with over 150k
s of sweet sweet single track, all within a casual 10 – 15 minute pedal from the centre of town. To the east we have Strathdale where you will find over 20ks of twisting single track. It will turn you inside out and round about so much that you will have trouble trying to figure out which way you are going. Not a problem. You are bound to run into a local rider who will be more than happy to show you the way to the nearest watering establishment, that’s if we aren`t geographically embarrassed ourselves.
To the West there is Maiden Gully with over 30k`s of flowing trail. The trails head out in several loops that you can do in either direction and in many combinations, and once again there is a pub close by to wash away the dust and brag to each other about how good we think we are.
To the North East we have my own little stomping ground heading out from Epsom. Here there is over 20k
s of mostly flat trails that take you out to the edge of the Welsford Forrest. For the keen rider there is a 70km loop that takes you all the way from Epsom to Mt Sugarloaf and back. This is a Moto trail where nearly every corner is bermed thanks to the throttle heavy Moto riders (Motos can be helpful after all).
Other areas of MTB interest include Andy
s Trail Network on the south end of town where last years 6hr was held. Sedgwick, where our previous 6hour events and club races were held and One Tree Hill for those that like a bit of the rough stuff. There are many other areas that I have missed in this rambling, but find a bike shop in town (there are five of them) and ask them to point you in the right direction.
If you have the time then why not spend a few days in Bendigo? There is an extensive network of bike paths and rail trails all over Bendigo, connecting the rider to trails, food, refreshments, entertainment and accommodation without having to negotiate too many roads. The CBD has a huge variety of restaurants to suit nearly any taste and budget and an arts and entertainment precinct that the cultured among us will find most enjoyable. Throw in a couple of craft breweries, wineries and very bike friendly drinking establishments and you have the makings of a great weekend.
Long Gully which borders Maiden Gully….my most regular riding loops. Out my door, over the road and into an area we call the ‘Crown Land’, old mullock heaps and well loved by illegal moto riders!! From there, I weave around behind homes, along water races (channels used during the gold mining era) and often stop for a moment to admire the Great Stupa which looks magnificent with the morning sun on it. Into another area of old mining that is suitably rocky but is more of a segue to the next section of trails leading off Rocky Rises Rd…..from here we start to get into the single trail and rocks, and rocks…..and rocks…..this section has a reasonable technical gully (short and steep) that is do-able on the ss (I’ve managed it a couple of times!) but mostly it’s off and walking for me! From there it’s a fun down hill with lots of areas of quartz rock that can give the feeling of looseness that our usual rocks don’t give so much. A bit of dirt road and then fire road to link to the next hour or more of single track. A loop that is just quite lovely, swishy and swoopy with a few climbs but nothing that’s going to have anyone off and walking. A few bits of trail furniture through here and a few more rocks! The options from the halfway mark of this loop are endless really..but if you choose to continue the loop you end up back on the fire roads you started on, with options to head home or continue further afield – like heading towards Kangaroo Flat on fire roads and then you could head on up to Eagles Nest….which is up on the ridge that separates Bendigo from the south back towards Castlemaine….A climb which I’m not sure is possible on the SS…..at one point it is 17%….this is definitely a challenging ride! You could then cross the highway up on the ridge, head towards the railway line that links Bendigo and Melbourne and ride on down to Castlemaine and discover another plethora of trails there……
Albury itself is always a good place to stop whilst driving through Australia, or catching a train for that matter, as it’s centrally located on the Hume and has more than enough pubs, shops and accommodation options. It’s also only a short drive from other great mountain biking towns such as Yackandandah, Beechworth, Mt Beauty and Bright.
Nail Can Trails
The Nail Can trails are best accessed from the trailhead on Range Road, Glenroy where there’s a small carpark and a trail map. The majority of the trails are signposted so are super easy to find. A heap of the trails are located right near Range Road so you can hit the hand cut goodness straight away but you should also make some time to ride out to the further trails along the Ridge Trail fire road as they are definitely worth riding. (link to the trail map: http://www.alburywodongamtb.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/NailCanHillTrailMapV4.pdf
Located on Felltimber Creek Rd, Wodonga this place is also worth a shred if your in town with time to spare. (I personally haven’t ridden here as I’ve only been back in albury for 2 months and am moving to canberra wednesday so won’t have time to ride them either but I’ve heard they’re worth a mention).
The quaint little town of Yack is located in North East Victoria about half an hour’s drive from Albury, 20 minutes from Beechworth or an hour from Bright. The town has all your supply needs with a small supermarket, a few cafes and two pubs. The Rowdy Flat trails, located on Wildon Avenue (east of town towards Osbourne’s Flat) don’t get ridden too much these days but are worth a visit if you’re in the area. The main loop’s marked with arrows and is pretty short. The main drawcard of Yack is the new trails that have been built in the Yack forest west of town. They can be accessed from either Twist Creek Rd or Bell’s Flat Rd. Whilst not signposted, keep a lookout for small Parks Vic posters that are located near singletrack entrances. If you’re still have trouble finding them its worth giving Strava a quick look (https://www.strava.com/segments/explore#location/yackandandah/type/cycling/min/0/max/5/surface/undefined/center/-36.341043,146.804761/zoom/14/map_type/terrain). The trails here are extensive and perfect for singlespeeders as the climbs follow old mining water races keeping the uphill gradient cruisy. The area is also popular with dirt bikers and 4wders so keep an ear out for them when crossing fire roads.
Beechworth is also a great place to ride mountain bikes with a decent MTB park located off Alma Rd (http://beechworthchaingang.geews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/mtbparkloc.pdf) and the Flame Trees singletrack located on the rail trail west of the town. The town’s got a bunch of cafes and an awesome brewery that shouldn’t be missed either.
Big Hill MTB Park overlooks the small township of Mt Beauty in the Victorian high country. Local, Bernie McArdle, built the first trails here in the early 1990s. Twenty-five years later he is still hard at work shaping the trails by hand, with new ones emerging every season. The dense network of single-track winds its way up and down the hillside, through native eucalypt forest. The trails are often steep, but definitely SS-able – old school, organic, flowy, and sometimes tight and technical.
Check out the write up by Flow: http://flowmountainbike.com/features/must-ride-mt-beauty-victoria/
For those with i-phones, there’s a “Roam Mt Beauty” app. A printable map is available from theTeam Mount Beauty website: http://tmb.org.au/maps/. In town, maps can be found at Rocky Valley Bikes, the Visitor Information Centre and Sweetwater Brewery.
The Mt Beauty Caravan Park (http://holidaycentre.com.au) is an easy ride from the mtb park and is conveniently located next door to the bike shop and across the road from Sweetwater Brewery.
Also check out the multitude of holiday rentals on www.stayz.com.
Places to eat:
Mt Beauty bakery for coffee and baked goods
Swiss n Chips for a cheap tasty dinner
Flour + Water for pizza
Stockpot for a huge range of fancier and delicious meals
Plenty of good dirt to whack in Australia’s southernmost capital city. The town itself is stumped up hard against the base of Mount Wellington/kunanyi, a big hill covered in more mountain bike trails than you can poke a stick at. Basic drum is you can roll straight out of the CDB and up the mountain on the Rivulet Track, a multiuse trail that shadows the Hobart Rivulet to South Hobart ending in the shadow of the Cascade Brewery. It’s behind the Brewery where the fun begins. Options open to gain altitude, west we’ve Tip Top, Loam Line and The Luge; east the Rut Line, Cascadia and the Sandstone Track; or you could head south and straight up the Strickland Ave to the new flow trail S56 which will bring you out at Ferntree. Once at altitude at Ferntree the options open right up – Ridgeway, Turnip Fields, Tolmans Hills, and Mc Robies Gully all being destinations with a bag load of good trails. What would I recommend? Well you can hit Hobart’s mountain without hitting the iconic North-South Track. The trail is a cross slope traverse with a nice mix of machine and hand cut track with killer views that’ll blow your mind. Other tracks on the slopes above the city to try and tick off include Upper Luge, Slides, and Bus Stop.
The other key mountain bike hub in Hobart is the Meehan Range on the eastern shore. A short half hour roll over the bridge will get you to the trail head of the Meehan Monster, a 50km+ network of kick-arse dirt! This area is well resourced with maps and trail markers everywhere. You can’t get lost. Must ride in this network? Easy. You CANNOT MISS Clifftop! Clifftop brings you out on a cliff top (obviously) with a view across the bush, river and back to Hobart and Mount Wellington/kunanyi that you will be Instagramming! Yowza! Also keep hit the Corkscrew, Dino Rumble, Roller Coaster, and the Caves Track.
The mobile app Trail Forks lists most of the Hobart trail network and is a great tool of navigation and unearthing track gold.
Local haunts? Coffee, Machine Café in Salamanca Square. Beers, The Winston on Elizabeth Street North Hobart. Bands, The Brisbane Hotel on Brisbane Street. Bike bits, Cyclingo in South Hobart. Culture, MONA in Berridale (catch the boat from Brooke Street Pier in Hobart).
Out of town radness? Half day walk up Hartz Mountains for some Tasmania Wilderness Action!
Locals to ride with, hit up the Bottles and Chains crew via Facebook.
like beer from the tap, rAdelaide trails flow, once tasted never forgotten.
The city of Adelaide supports for hundreds of km of peri-uban trails within spitting distance of the city and suburbs. The closest trails are 20minutes ride away from the city centre and once you’re on those trails; you’re set for days of riding sweet singletrack and a network of firetrails.
Adelaide has a healthy singlespeed community via the League of Adelaide Mountain Bike Singlespeeders (LAMBS) – find us on Facebook; a few of us live with trails on our doorsteps and would love to show visitors around.
Open street map is handy for navigation. The “GPSies” app uses this as a base map.
http://adelaidemtbtrails.com has lots of maps and background information.
Fox Creek– a discrete area with miles of everything; XC, flow and downhill trails. It’s worth a visit. Follow the Mawson Trail out from the city for a long but satisfying day’s riding. The trails are in a mix of pine forest and native bush.
Anderson Hill winery on Croft Rd, next to the top car park, does wood oven pizza, wine and beer on the weekends.
Cobblers Creek Recreation Park – a great trails on the edge of the ‘burbs, 19km north east of Adelaide.
North Eastern Adelaide Trails (Fox Creek)
Central Hills face.
Cleland Conservation Park, Eagle MTB Park and Mt Osmond Reserve.
Cleland CP has a heap of fire trails that feed out to singletrack in Eagle MTB Park and Mt Osmond trails. A good start for Cleland is the Chambers Gully Track, connecting to Bartrill Spur track climbing up to the wildlife park below Mt Lofty. Look for other local trails, especially Pioneer Womens Trail and the Bullock Track. If you’re on the Bullock Track, keep an eye out for the Venison trails to the north of the Bullock Track – these start just behind the big water tanks that are adjacent the golf course.
Eagle MTB Park was the first MTB park in Australia; it’s full of challenging, singletrack, with dh, jumps and flow trails.Mt Osmond Reserve is full of shared trails and spectacular vistas over the city, hills and coast.The Crafers Hotel near Mt Lofty is a good spot at the top of the trails for drinks and food.
If you can get to Aldgate, which is further east of Crafers and Stirling, follow the footpath on the right hand side of the road, heading away from Adelaide, towards the town of Mylor. Eventually the sealed footpath gives way to dirt and becomes a rolling, flowing natural descent into Mylor. Return to Aldgate via the Bandicoot Trail (signposted off Stock Rd) for the full adventure experience. The Bandicoot trail will return you to Stirling Cemetery and the top end of the Mylor Postie trail that you just descended.
The section of Yurrebilla Trail, between Leawood Gardens and Brownhill Creek (Mitcham) is one of the best pieces of trail around and is a cracking descent or a solid climb from the bottom. This is a handy link between Eagle MTB Park/Cleland CP and Southern Hills Face Trails.
Central and Southern Adelaide Hills Trails – orange is legal for bikes, dotted brown is be nice to other trail users.
Southern Hills Face.
Lynton, Sheperds Hill, Craigburn, Sturt Gorge
Lynton trails are a network of trails operated by Mitcham Council. They are mostly rocky technical trails with some flow and downhill. Have a look athttp://www.mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au/trails for more info.
The Edinburgh Hotel in Mitcham has a very handy beer garden
Craigburn Farm is just one piece of Sturt Gorge Recreation Park. Check out the freshly builtcircumnavigation of the gorge, a great 25km loop. Then link on down to Shepherds Hill, or across to Belair via the Mitcham trails. Brownhill Creek, links Belair trails with Lynton and the Yurrebilla walking trail that takes you back up to Eagle MTB Park and Cleland.
Have a look at these vids to get your juices flowing: Sturt Gorge and Belair, Eagle MTB Park.
The beauty of Melrose is that most of the trails are accessible from your accommodation whether staying at the pub, cabins, or camping in Melrose or at the Showgrounds. No effort is required to pack up the car each time you want to go for a ride leaving much more time for riding and enjoying the bush.
Melrose is a typical South Australian country town, with a tiny population of somewhere around 200 folk, 2 pubs, 3 cafes and a general store! But it has a ton of charm and the locals are super hospitable. We stopped in and have been here over 10 years! The importance of the town is that when you ride somewhere new, you want an experience both on the trails, in the environment and with your hospitality and Melrose delivers in spades!
Melrose has a round 60km of single track and a ton of fire roads. 90% of the single track is hand cut, its narrow off camber and old school techy trail, still flowy and fun but you gotta be on ya game. You’ve got watch for step side slopes, narrow trails, Red Gums and the odd Kangaroo or Goanna!
Australian Capital Territory
This is a city of 350,000 or so people, designed by an American’s wife from New England. Its been here for just over a hundred years, and other than riding your mountain bike a visitor can:
See the national galleries, museums, science things, war things, parliament things.
Paddle flat and white water
Ride a road bike
Eat, drink and sleep
The city is famous for roundabouts and had a dominating rugby league team in the 90s.
Getting here is a three hour bus or hour flight from Sydney, and it is 7 or 8 hour drive to Woodend. There will no doubt be many cars and vans heading from Canberra to SS worlds, so this would be good spot to get a lift happening. If you’ve only got one spare weekend/few days other than the worlds, come here.
The mountain bike riding is easily the best thing a visitor can do here. There are plenty of guides around to help you find your way.
Canberra Offroad Cycling Club guide and map: The Berm guide: http://www.theberm.com.au/page/trail-wiki (this is especially good). And then there is trailmate which has individual entries for everything, it’s also great.
Here is a rundown on some of the places, from a single speeders perspective. Starting with the best known and rolling down from there.
This place is about a ten kilometre ride from the city centre. It was home to the 2009 World MTB and trials championships and has grown since then. There is enough trail here to do you over in a day, ranging from flat beginner gear at the bottom (not including the very serious dirt jumps which are out of bounds to non-diggers/members), to some nice easy climbing and descending on the front side of the hill, all the way to downhill trail that will catch all but the very best out.
Words that are often spoken in relation to Stromlo are: loose, skatey, dry, exposed, rocky, “high penalty for failure”, awesome, sick, mega, etc. There is water and toilets at the pavilion down the bottom at the crit track. Take water up the hill. Take some bandaids, too. Don’t use ultralight casing tyres here.
The site above has information on loops for various abilities, and to describe each track would take too long. Here are some absolute beauties in each difficulty range (for a hardtail singlespeeder)
Easy – Skyline, Dingo
Moderate – Partyline, Luge
Noise – Pork Barrel, Vapour, cardiac and hammerhead (climb), Cory’s loop. Every visitor to Stromlo should first ride the “easy loop” (loop 2 in the above link) which comes down skyline… it’s THE classic half-hour ride of the Can.
Stromlo is in a bit of an odd spot for eating and drinking afterward. Not too far off are Stand By Me (Lyons) and Red Brick (Curtin), both cafes with some solid coffee and snacks game. For beers and such, head back to the city. For Chinese takeaway, SunDoo in Duffy is alright in a classic Westy 1970s Chinese Takeaway sort of way. Duffy is close.
Majura is closer to the city, being maybe 5km from the city centre, just outside of the suburb of Hackett. This place has been home to many local and national championship events, though most of the bigger races are a fair time in the past. It has been recently rejuvenated though, and its location and compact nature mean that someone staying in the city can ride for 90mins door-to-door and have one hell of a time.
There might be 25km or so of trail out at Majura. Its in a pine forest, so for SE Aus, that means a pretty protected area. There is water at the very bottom (a long way from the Hackett entry) but there is also a supermarket and cafe/bar thing, restaurant, etc. at Hackett shops (along with the best wrenching bike shop in Canberra, Monkey Wrench) should you or your bike get thirsty/tired/emotional. Wilburs is here, and has some outside seats, some un-shit beers on tap, frog in a pond for kids, and pizzas, etc. The suburb of Dickson is almost freewheelable from the Majura entry, and this is still the place to go for good Asian food in Canberra.
Some big time fun to be had here, and more grip than stromlo, guaranteed. The only place close to Canberra that may need a day or two after big rain to be ready to ride again.
ou can knock all of the trails in the place off in an hour or so, but ones that I can guarantee you’ll do more than once if legs permit:
Auto-alley – must be the most classic trail in Canberra. Pretty old school, off camber, tight, pinchy as hell, a very good test on SS. IF you can do it heading South, give it a go heading North. 10mins of awesome or 20mins of frustration depending on what’s in the tank.
Larry/Barry/Planet Claire link up – Climb to the toppest of the top (left when you go in the gate from the Hackett side) and chose your descent. Barry is the right hand choice at the fork as you start the descent, some doubles in there, but all missable if you desire, it feeds into Planet Claire which is a nice berm fest.
Rock Lobster – The right hand option for descending from the top, a bit more lumpy than Barry, and in the pines rather than on the native strip so more grip and more shade in the early morning (no sun lazers to blind you in there).
Pinot grigio/bombora – At the far end of the main loop of the place is the winery hill, the climb up is nice for SS, and the descent is great for a hardtail, enough pop to get you floating and scrubbing, nothing too gnarly to sneak up and bite you. Follow your nose all the way along the sweeping drain trail Bombora, which is also great fun.
This is not a famous place, but is the last of the truly “close to the city centre” places to ride. Depending on where you are staying, this may be closer than Majura. There is about an hour of fast, relatively flat and almost always very loose riding to be had here. It’s not a destination trail park, but there is plenty of fun to be had, and it’s a difficult place to really go fast at. It will be a good taste of what Woodend will be like.
The outer circuit is about 20minutes of fast pedalling and is quite swoopy in places. There aren’t any jumps, berms are small, its all about searching for grip. The trails through the centre throw some challenges up, with a bit more elevation gain (though it might be 50metres top to bottom), bigger, looser rocks, some gullies to get SS riders really torqueing up. There are some jumps, and some spots that may catch riders out at speed in there. No water, not much shade. This is singlespeed city, you can really stick it to geared riders as the ups and downs and short and twisty, and the flats are never too wide open. Its busy, and mostly two-way, so keep your eyes up.
Nearby are the suburbs of Lyneham, O’connor and Turner. Lyneham has The Front and Tilleys, both decent places for a beer and a snack. O’connor has places that look good as I ride past, at least one with lots of seats and beer (and maybe rugby on the big screen?), a good cafe, a chemist (which can come in handy), a physio (which can also come in handy) and some good Vietnamese (I think).
About 10mins ride from here (and Majura) is Braddon, which is exploding with places that serve beer, food and beerfood. You will end up here no matter what, and there is a lot to cover so just follow your nose.
If you’ve done Majura and Stromlo, and want something different and close to town, this would be it. If it has rained hard, this is the first place to dry out.
Kowen and Sparrow Hill
This is the biggest trail network around Canberra. Combined, Kowen and Sparrow must have 80+km of singletrack to get stuck into. They are both serviced by one carpark (directions in the above links), which is about a 40min drive from Canberra city.
Both areas are in pines. Kowen has a bit more diversity, a bit more elevation and technical features. Sparrow is a racetrack, flat and fast, there isn’t much to stop you pushing your 53:11 around there, blindly through corners and over rises. There is grip here, which is nice. It can get pretty boggy after rain though.
There is a whole day to spend out there, take food and water to leave in the car. Or come back into Queanbeyan for lunch. Its a classic Aussie country town, almost connected to Canberra. It gives a better taste for classic Aussieness than Canberra. Central cafe is famous among at least three of my mates for having big plates of food that fill you up. I think they also make good thick shakes too.
This place is great, its also near Queanbeyan, but now that I’ve googled a link to serve you up, it occurs to me that maybe its not an OK place to ride? Indigenous land out there?! I never knew. If that sort of thing doesnt matter to you, look it up. Its loose, steep, large, fun. Maybe one for the more experienced riders.
This place is fun with a capital FU. There is a classic jumps line here that will break many people and bikes, but for those who like to jump their MTB its heaven.
There are also some rough as guts DH trails, and good flowy stuff too. All of it involves lots of ups and downs. It’s well protected in the pines. A bit of a drive, if you’re in town for more than a day and want to get a bit rad, this should be on the list.
Go destroy you and your bike on the DH track there. Its 40min drive toward the Brindabella Mountains, its part of a complex that was built from scratch and used for national championships a few months before a massive fire (the same one that means Stromlo is no longer a pine forest) destroyed it all. The DH track was resurrected because it is so good, the XC, to my knowledge has not been. The DH track is famous for hurting bikes and people. Beware. I won’t loan you a bike for this.
New South Wales
If you are in Sydney you’ll want to visit the iconic Manly as that’s, quite simply, the best part of Sydney. If you are in town you can catch the ferry over. Once there you can pedal to Manly Dam – don’t be deceived, Manly Dam is not a flat route that goes around a dam. If that’s what you want (along with a coffee) then head to Narrabeen Lakes where you can go for a 10k pedal and not break a sweat but have lovely views and water all around you – you can ride there from Manly along all the beaches or catch a bus…
is the place for you if you like rocks, sand, roots, hills and views. Don’t play with the wildlife; everything bites. The Dam is a signposted ride of about 10ks with outside trails so find or ask a local if you want to explore – ask questions like ‘where is the Bewildered Possum and can you show me Kevin Costner or The Mistress?’ After the ride head back to Manly to Four Pines for a cleansing ale.
If you really like rocks and sand then you can pedal from Manly Dam to Red Hill – just ask where the Rim Ride is best to take a local as getting lost in Red HIll is very easy.
is about 15ks from Manly – you can ride there or catch a bus if you don’t have a car. There are loads of fire trails there – most of the trails around the Northern Beaches are sandy, some say they are rocky but we don’t think they all are… when you get to Terrey Hills try Perimeter/Long, it’s 22ks return from Terrey Hills shops with gorgeous views – watch out for horses on the trails. There is also a good pub in Terrey Hills. You can add-on a ride to St Ives Showground – ask where Muppet Show and Epiphany are… from St Ives you can drop down to Cascades, but don’t be misled, there aren’t really any cascades, there is a very pretty river at the bottom that you can wade across… you can enjoy riding ‘Four Gates’ in there, Cascades has four trails that drop down to the bottom – and back out. All fire road and good for fitness…if that’s your thing…
Wylde MTB Trail,
Western Sydney Parklands (only accessible by car)
Status: Legal, kept very up to date on opening/closing via Facebook (Western Sydney Parklands)
Cool extras: badass pump track and an ok jump line
Amenities: Porta-loos atm, bike washing stand, covered areas with benches and picnic tables for noms or rest.
Length: 3km, 6km, or 12km.
This trail is smooth, almost no rock gardens or rock features at all. Every single one also has the option to go around. Lots of elevation changes but not necessarily by large amounts–they’re just frequent. There’s a few table tops/rollers that can be gapped.
Honestly super difficult for me at this wheel size and gearing. The climbs are not overly steep but long and drawn out, I am going to try 32:18 next. The track is very smooth, light loose over hard. Nearly all of it is open to the sun so bring lots of water and sun screen as it gets very hot in the summer. Almost nothing in the way of difficult or technical features but still fun for smashing a late arvo lap. Definitely good for 29ers and the overly fit. I enjoy SS on this trail since it’s so smooth and with few features, I don’t need to think about what is up ahead but just concentrate on pedalling well so I’m not dead mid-climb. The three distances are great if you’re tired or have kids or whatever. The start of the 12km is a flow downhill so if you think there’s a smidge left in the tank, go for it. Snakes are very common on the 3km loop so keep your eyes open. Very friendly for a hard tail or a fully rigid bike, probly CX too. Low risk of serious injury (except Roly Poly) so light pads (ie, Fox Launch Enduro, Race Face Charge, G-Form, etc) if you feel you need them. Very pedally trail, conserve your energy when you encounter a down.
Westleigh AKA Waterboard, 2HOs, H2O
Not a very long trail 6-8km, not an overly technical trail, and not much in the way of elevation changes. Great for newbs. I would say its blue technical at the most difficult spots with B lines for pretty much everything. You start at Ruddock Park and ride up Quarter Sessions Road to Warrigal Drive. It’s the first and only right but it looks like a bizarre drive way instead of a road. A short distance up there is an obvious dirt trail on the right hand side. Follow it up (it is both the entrance and exit so care should be taken) to the open field. Past the fence there is only one dirt path to take to the tree line where the trail starts. There is a one way top loop with a couple of “jumps” (very poorly degraded but still hitable). At the end, take a right to follow the loop to the top or left to hit the trail. The start of the trail is a nice descend flow followed by a moderate climb, which can branch right or left. Once at the trees it flattens a bit and has a nice speedy flow. From there it’s solid xc single track. A few descends and a few climbs. At the big rocks you can either branch left or straight for a long loop or shorter loop. The shorter loop has a nice rocky descent to 2 rock rollers. The larger one is actually smoother but the smaller one is considered the “b” line. There’s a super sketchy Rock Bridge one can ride or not, the left is more fun. From there is goes to a nice wooden section with several slats missing.
After the wooden bits is a bit of rock slab riding to the 2/3 mark, as I call it. You climb up rocks, dirt, roots to a fire trail access. There’s another obvious left at the white pot, the trail splits for a fun flow route with tons of tight corners on the left or straight for the direct route. At the next split, left for A, right for B. A is a couple of rock gardens to a clapped out “wall ride” which is sick. Get some lean. The B line is a smooth flowy bit. They meet up on the final ascent with his just single trail. Watch for the “creek crossings” and the massive hole next to a big left hander. The trail meets back up at the top loop.
I rode this trail for years on both ht and ds before getting a SS. 32:16 (or 2:1 if you’re on whatever wheel size) is definitely do-able, especially if you’re fit. I think a 120-140mm hard tail is perfectly suitable, but loads of people need 6″ bikes for it. I used to ride it on a 100mm 4X bike no worries. There’s no amenities at the trail, but there is a toilet block at Ruddock Park. ALL car parking is requested to be done at the park. There is sometimes a bin for your garbage, but just take it with you. There’s a couple of homemade benches for when you get tired or whatever. There are spiders, skinks, tons of birds, wallabies, possums, and the occasional bull ant. Most wildlife is seen at night tho. And it’s a FANTASTIC trail for night riding. Top notch. There’s always families with kids there now, so yeah bring the kidlets. The first fire trail crossing gives you the ability to cut out and go back to the top for a short loop–however, I’ve never done this so don’t really know which way to go.
Accessible by car or train to Westleigh station
Cool extras: Fun stuff to find on the trail–white goods section, robot, the white pot, the car
Amenities: None at trail, toilet block at Ruddock Park
Length: 6-8km or so
The terrain is dirt, loose over hard, rocks, sand, loose rocky sections. Holds up amazingly well after rain. Not like heavy downpour, but a few mm won’t be a drama. Or if there’s a few days of dry it’ll be sweet. Mostly under cover of trees so chance of sunburn is minimal but it gets really muggy in there. In summer don’t underestimate how much water you’ll need, it’s deceiving because of the tree cover.
Also very fun on a SS CX bike. The “enduro” bit might be a bit tough tho. Suitable for rigid and even rim brakes. The only things I’ve not ridden here are a Fattie and a full DH rig–but everything else from bmx to 6″ dually. It’s seriously suitable for all wheel sizes, all ages, and all skill levels. I’ve seen and had a few crashes here.
Kentlyn is a technical riding spot about 45 minutes sw of Sydney.
There’s a 24 kilometre loop of technical xc trails before you need to start riding the same trails twice or opt for the dozen or so all mountain descents. , there is a lot of technical climbing and technical descending on the xc loop but they are all relatively short and generally forgiving if you can’t keep the rubber side down.
The beauty of this trail is it’s sandy and rocky. Kentlyn is usually perfect when? every other Sydney option is washed out.
- Park at? the boronia rd Kentlyn dead end.
- Ride down the fire track and turn right at the T section. The first single track on the right? is a 6 kilometre technical xc loop.
After completing the loop you’ll be back at your car.
- Ride down the same fire track again; this time turn left at the T-intersection. Ride up the hill until you see a single track on the right. Hit the single track and keep cranking it to the left. You will hit a descent that takes you to a single track at the bottom of a gully. Follow that single track past the fire track intersection.
- After you see a big rock corner that you’d probably contemplate riding over: look for the creek crossing, cross the creek and follow your nose. Eventually end up back on the gully single track, when you hit the gully fire track on the way back turn left and ride up the big climb. Take the first right at the top of the climb. It will eventually lead you back around to the gully single track. Follow it until the first fire track. Left at the fire track will take you back to your car.
There is plenty of ‘all mountain’ trails near where you parked your car. You’ll see them,
There is a lot more stuff on the other side of peter meadows rd, the best way to enter it is via the bottom of the gully single track.
If you’re riding from Leumeah train station look for the single track on the left of peter meadows rd. It’s not too far down the hill from the big roundabout.
Go for a swim in the Georges River Basin afterwards.
Glenbrook aka Knapsack reserve.
In the lower blue Mts- 60km west of Sydney.
Fun old school single track, with some new sections, hilly and rocky.
This shows- train station at bottom left, shops where the dodgy X is. And parking where the circle is, trail winds about in the bush there with loads of variations and you can get a bit lost but not badly. If you head up Levy st from the track head and head right when you hit the Hwy, the pub is only 1km away or less.
There is a legal downhill trail there that can be shuttled if thats your thing.
The Oaks starts at Woodford, which is 80km west of Sydney in the Blue Mts.
Park or leave from Woodford train station and ride about a km through local streets to the start.
From here it is a 30km, mostly downhill fire trail, all single speedable, though some of the uphills can be pinchy. Views of the city and some aboriginal carvings are located along the side of the track in places.
At about 20km you get to a big clearing (the helipad) and from here it is a nonstop 5km downhill run to the gate. The track heads left and follows 5km of fast but not overly exciting single track, then about 1km of new trail that is a bit more fun.
Emerging into a carpark, follow the bitumen down to the bottom of the gorge, cross the creek and head up. This bit is steep. Following the road out of the National park will bring you to the Glenbrook shops- numerous bakeries, coffee shops etc
You can grab a train at Glenbrook which takes you back to woodford in about 20 min.
Alternately there is the Knapsack reserve 1km away across the Hwy with more exciting technical single track.
If you really love fire trails, you can start higher up the Mts at Wentworth falls and follow either Ingar or Andersons track to woodford and continue down the oaks.
If you don’t love fire trails that much turn left after 5km of the oaks trail and follow St Helenas trail. This is overgrown and washed away fire trail so is a bit more technical and fun.
The ending involves carrying your bike down the gorge and back up the other side, so be ready for that.
There is no water available on the trail and you may find limited ph reception. Be prepared.
Start at the T on the left and find your way to the fire trail on the right.
North Leura AKA scribblies AKA One speed park.
Blue Mountains NSW.
A top little bit of single track.
1hr 20 drive from Sydney.
Shops and pubs: 5 minutes away.
Train: 10min ride.
Various loops starting from the mark on the map. Turn down Queens rd off the Great western Hwy.
Total about 10km of flowing not particularly technical, handmade single track. Explore and enjoy.
Nearest pub- Alex hotel. 800M east of the Queens rd turnoff. Loads of good cafes in Leura. 900M east of the Queens rd turnoff.
visit leura cellars, halfway down the main st of leura For the best range I have seen of homegrown and imported crafty beers. Ask for Rob and tell him you are a Single Speeder.
On the edge of the Watagan Forest, Awaba is a tale of 2 extremes. On one hand, one of the most sanitised XC loops that you could take your Mum on. On the other, debatably the fastest and scariest DH track on the east coast. Mum will rave about flow. Little bro will finally get to use all the travel on that next best thing. As a new mtb park, it has unlimited potential. It’s a great place to park to access the mtb wonderland that is the Watagans and worth a quick lap before you head into the real jungle. http://ambmag.com.au/awaba-mountain-bike-park-bike-track/
If you’re here racing XC on a single speed fattie, punch yourself in the face. If you want to enjoy that bike on surfaces that it would prefer, Fat HuRT. From Woy Woy there is a shorter version to Newcastle and a longer version to Taree. I recommend taking a telescopic fishing rod, board shorts for swimming and your favourite beer cooler. https://ridewithgps.com/trips/8243165
If you like adventure, single track and places that others don’t usually go, the HuRT trail is what you might be after. The HuRT is 324k of trail that links some of the standard XC trail areas with as much single track as we could find. The Big HuRT is 750k and steps it up a notch. If old school bush wacks, single track and adventure blows your hair back. This is for you.http://trackleaders.com/hurt13
There is more trail in this area than you can imagine. It would take a few days to ride it all and you would still not find some of it. It can also take bugger all to get lost in there and end up on the news too. So much trail. So much variety. From the sweetest single track to “I probably shouldn’t be riding down this”, it has everything. Free camping, waterfalls, swimming holes, look outs. Proper bush. Trail galore. I fucking love this place. Old school MTB heaven.https://goo.gl/maps/5Vc4SUGr8cP2
Right between Sydney and Newcastle, Ourimbah is another place that has a lot to offer. XC trails that can entertain all riders. DH that isn’t too difficult on a hardtail. If the hidden pump track is still there, it all should make you smile. Great variety and contrast of trails in this area, can keep a newb on their toes and the wily old racer happy at the same time. Close to the freeway. You should stop here too.
Killingworth is the old home of Hunter Mountain Bike Association and has evolved over many years into an awesome trail network. Not far out of Newcastle and the first stop after Glenrock, this is a must do trail ride. It’s got everything from long shuttle DH, push runs to pure XC and Gravel Loops. Old DH trails will start with postcard views, and end with flowing single track. Plenty of trail to mix it up and if all the bridges are in working order, you can waste a day chasing bigger smiles. No 1 on B Rad’s list of places to ride and the reason why he moved to the area. Fucking Rad
If you like riding rad single track and having a swim before, during and after your ride, this is the place to go. Not only beautiful beaches and sea baths but grab a pizza, great coffee and a beer within sight of the trail.
1100 kilometres of awesome riding. Goes through some Bushranger haunts like Jessie Hickmans, Nullo Mountain and ends at Mary Ann Buggs hometown. Barrington tops has also seen the likes of Captain Thunderbolt and more recently Malcolm Naden. Huts, rivers, the second largest canyon in the world. Gardens of Stone, alpine swamp, the Dingo gate. It’s got the lot
Berrico – Chichester
Some of the longest descents you’ll find in the area, some up to 20 minutes of white knuckle mayhem. Some climbs that are only there to rip your legs off and make your lungs fall out. Big hills. Old forestry access joined by single track in some of the densest bush around. Rad
If you’re just into grinding some gravel there are a bunch of files for different routes. Hundreds, maybe thousands of kilometres of dirt. Ranging from 20 to 600 km, you might find somewhere nice to ride.
Nearest town Nambucca Heads, Mid NSW Coast. Certainly worth a visit if you are driving past. Only a 5 min diversion from the Pacific Highway to get your SS fix.
Trailhead sign located 500m down Jack’s Ridge Road, being East of the Old Coast Road (heading north from Macksville, turn left a few Kms after the bridge; heading south from Urunga, turn right just before you arrive into Nambucca).
It’s fine to camp here, but there is not water or other facilities.
This is a short (12km) but flowy trail built by a small but dedicated local team. Very singlespeed friendly (as long as you stay off the brakes on the rollercoaster). A few structures and log rolls, but nothing a competent singlespeeder can’t conquer. No map required, it’s a single loop with a few well marked off track deviations.
Bom Bom Forest is just on the southern outskirts of Grafton, and has a network of about 30km of singletrack, and on a true SS destination (particularly if you like it fast and flowy.
If coming from the north, turn left off the highway onto Old Lilypool Road about 3km up the Pacific Highway from McDonalds. 2km west along this road you reach the last gate (it should be open, and have a cattle grid) to the forest on the left, at a right hand bend in the road. You can either park here, or follow the dirt road for about 300m to the big open area. Trails lead off from either start location.
It’s fine to camp here, but there is not water or other facilities.
There is nothing tech or steep in Bom Bom, and the challenge is to see how fast you can go on the notorious “pea gravel” – ball bearing like gravel that rests on the trail. Some excellent flow sections down watercourses and creek beds make this area a great half/full day out. It’s not hard to put down 50km and wonder if you’ve ridden the same trail twice!
Trail map (incomplete – there’s much more now) here: http://www.clarencetourism.com/media/docs/Bom_Bom-Mountain_Bike_Trails.pdf
Just another place to do some laps while you visit from a state that only has one place to ride. The trails featured at a recent 8 hour race. They’re fast and flowy.
Home of the 2014 Single Speed Nationals. A welcoming country town with pubs, bakery’s, and some sweeet trail down at ‘The Common’. Some compare the area to Melrose I think mainly due to the open nature of the terrain and the style of trail. A must ride, especially if you are going up to Berrico, Chichester or the Barrington tops
Green point sneaks under the radar when it comes to areas that have plenty of fun trail. A beautiful setting next to the lake and full of fun, old school tracks. Smash out some trail while the family enjoy other activities in the park
Chances are that if you are thinking of making the trip to WA, you are not just doing it for the trails, but you might actually want to have a good time, too. Luckily, the SW of Western Australia, also called the Margaret River Region, has world class micro breweries, world class wineries, some of the best surf in the world, and also host some of the most rippable trails in WA for single speeders! Only a three hour drive from Perth, it is worth spending a few days or more in this region. Australia’s largest annual stage race, the Cape to Cape MTB event, uses this region also. (http://capetocapemtb.com/) Unfortunately, in 2016 the C2C and the SSWC16 fall onto the same weekend.
The best way to get more information on the WA trails is to get the 2015 Western Australia Mountain Bike Trail Guide by Travis and Jane Deane. (http://mtbguidebook.bigcartel.com/product/western-australia-mountain-bike-trailguide-2nd-edition) This book will give you information on pretty much all the sanctioned trails in WA. Here are the trails that I like riding most.
If you arrive in Perth from interstate, it is worth spending a day or two riding the local Kalamunda trails in the Perth Hills. Only 40 minutes’ drive from downtown Perth, the Kalamunda area has over 70km of sanctioned single trails, and arguably some of the toughest climbs and roughest downhills in the area. You can spend hours on these trails, and get to know what WA is famous for: rocks, pea gravel, sand, and oh, did mention the rocks? There are spades of berms, table tops, jumps and log rides to keep you entertained. The Camel Farm is a good starting point to access the trails. (http://www.camelfarm.com/)
Margaret River area
Simply put: The Margaret River area is a single speeder’s dream. Fast, flowy single trails on loamy forest soils, in the middle of the premier beer and wine region of WA. It doesn’t get much better than that. The trail head for The Pines and Creek Trails starts next to a distillery and The Beer Farm in the Margaret River town site. The trail are why over 1500 people from around Australia and the world come to ride the Cape to Cape MTB every year. Not too steep, but tons of fun, the endless single trails are everything a single speeder can ask for in most superb natural surroundings. You will not be disappointed. Another area, Middle Earth, has 26km of divine, hand-made single trail goodness that will keep you smiling for days, and is just a short drive north of town next to a Brewery. Best drop into The Hairy Marron for trail and other information.
Hope you enjoy your stay in WA. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at tpayenberg at gmail dot com
Brisbane trails are shit don’t come here is full of XXXX drinking rednecks. …no wait south east Queensland had heaps of good trails but a shit public transport system. So trails are hard to access without a vehicle. Mt Cootha is within riding distance of the city but it will be a painful ride over it to get to the trails.