10 Mountain Biking Destinations in NSW

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 13:50

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If you love nothing better than cycling and being in the great outdoors, then mountain biking is the sport for you. In Australia, cyclists are able to take advantage of a plethora of top bike trails around the country, but in New South Wales in particular they’re spoilt for choice.

If you’re just about to buy your own mountain bike so you can head out on the trails and explore the best the country has to offer, read on for ten top spots in NSW you don’t want to miss.

Lake Crackenback Resort
If you’re keen to start out on fairly well groomed trails, head to the Lake Crackenback Resort in the Snowy Mountains. You can book accommodation at the resort or even just explore the area on a day trip, as the mountain bike trails at the resort are open to the public. The facility is home to more than 25 kilometres of tracks that suit anyone from the beginner to the advanced bike rider. The trails encompass the lake, the Thredbo River, and views of the Kosciuszko National Park.

Blackheath Rocks
In the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains you’ll find the pretty village of Blackheath. It sits at over 1,000 metres and is one of the highest villages in the area. There are a number of mountain bike rides to complete in the region, but one of the most popular is Hanging Rock. Starting from around 500 metres north of the Blackheath train station, riders travel until they meet the fire trail at Ridgewell Road, before pedalling the six kilometres to Hanging Rock, also known as Baltzer Lookout.

Royal National Park
In the southern Sutherland shire of Sydney, cyclists can find the heritage-listed Royal National Park. Also known to locals as “The Royal” or the “Nasho”, the park is one of the oldest in Australia and was established in 1879. There is a large network of trails to be found here, to suit all levels of ability.

Brisbane Water National Park
On the Central Coast, north of Sydney, you’ll find the Brisbane Water National Park. This area is home to many different single tracks and fire trails, and provides magnificent views south over Brisbane Water estuary. Travel slowly if you want to admire the scenery and spot as much wildlife as possible.

Geurie Bald Hill Reserve
In Dubbo, the home of mountain biking is at the Geurie Bald Hill Reserve. This destination features a single track that’s situated near the Geurie village, and is part of the well maintained, Council-managed bushland Reserve.

Mount Coramba
If you’re heading to Coffs Harbour, don’t miss a mountain biking day at Mount Coramba, just a few kilometres north of the city. This is the perfect spot to try out some downhill mountain biking on gravity-fed tracks that contain plenty of challenging obstacles. If you’re interested in racing, the Coffs Downhill club holds a race on the Mount Coramba track in July.

James Estate Winery
If you want to indulge in a love of wine as well as cycling, make your way to the James Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley where there is a whole network of mountain bike trails located by the vineyard’s cellar door. Tracks suit a variety of skill levels and are open to the public year round.

Barrington Tops National Park
Around five hours’ drive north of Sydney is the beautiful Barrington Tops National Park. Although very popular with walkers, campers, and 4WDs, the park is also a great spot to go mountain biking. The plateau peaks at more than 1,500 metres altitude and is crossed with fire trails through the native forest. The area provides pristine mountain air, lovely views, and lots of forest habitat to explore.

Garigal National Park
On the north side of Sydney, not far from St Ives, is the Garigal National Park. One of the most popular tracks in the park is the Cascades trail, a fire trail that is shared by mountain bikers, horse riders and hikers. Cycle through here and you’ll see wildflowers in bloom, native Australian trees and shrubs, and plenty of waterfalls and rockpools.

Mogo State Forest
On the south coast of New South Wales, around four hours’ drive from Sydney, you’ll find the Mogo State Forest. While nearby Mogo is known for being a historic goldmining village, the park is a popular haunt for mountain bikers. It has a 14-kilometre long forest track with routes suitable for both beginners and experienced riders.
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