From clipping in for the first time to downhill enthusiasts, Victoria's array of tracks cater for riders of all skill level keen to explore the state’s bush slopes throughout the High Country, Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Goldfields, and the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.
With over 300km of world class dedicated alpine, bike park and river valley trails across seven mountain bike parks, Ride High Country can undeniably lay claim to the title of Victoria’s cycling capital.
The town is mad about cycling with great support services, bike hire (mountain, hybrid and electric bikes) and a trail network that offers a unique mix of riding trails for all skill levels. While 70 percent of the trails in Bright are intermediate, the town also features Mystic’s Hero Trail for thrill seekers and the Pump Track or the Play Ground for first timers.
The mountain biking scene in Beechworth is thriving, with the small but seriously fun and funky mountain bike park, just on the outskirts of town. There is also Flametrees, a cross-country loop with gullies and cuttings weaving through forest.
Mt Buller is a world-class destination offering the ideal biking escape and home to Australia’s first International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) endorsed Ride Centre. Just three hours from Melbourne, Mt Buller features extensive cross-country trail network, hit the downhill trails with chairlift access, tackle the pump track, skills parks and more. Expert riders will want to tackle the International trail, the mountain’s most advanced and extremely technical trail, including the iconic ‘Mark’s Madness’.
With more than 40 kilometres of singletrack winding through snowgums in brilliant alpine terrain, Falls Creek is a mountain biker heaven. All trails start and finish in the resort so each descent is matched with a technical uphill to take riders back to the top. There's trails for everyone with easy cruiser, fun flowing descent or all-mountain.
Yackandandah is the newest kid on the mountain biking block in North East Victoria. Locals have been built six tracks in the Stanley State Forest catering to beginner and intermediate riders. The Carcass Canyon trail takes full advantage of the 160-year-old gold mining remnants and leads riders through a maze of shoots and sunken mining races, not to mention the tricky corners and drops. Riders should keep an eye out for Big Bear, a local oversized stuff animal that surprises riders before the Kokoda climb.
The Mt Beauty Big Hill Mountain Bike Park has more than 40 kilometres of top quality cross-country and downhill trails suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. Situated 30kms west of the popular town of Bright, Mt Beauty is a 'must do' for mountain bikers with 46 trails catering for all skills. The Yellow Loop is a challenging 10km cross-country loop and takes in some of Mt Beauty’s most iconic trails - from tight and technical to fast and flowy, this loop has it all.
Just over an hour from Melbourne, the granite peaks of the You Yangs offer many exciting rides for mountain bikers, including a designated down-hill course with natural rock ramps and fast runs. There are also over 8 kilometres of single wheel cross-country tracks which provide spectacular views and a wide range of difficulty and speed. The You Yangs has two designated mountain biking areas that contain over 50 kilometres of exciting trails that cater for riders of all ages and ability. The trail system has been designed for sustainable long-term use, and riders can help the local environment by only riding on formally signed trails. All trails are clearly signposted with directional information and gradings.
An hour and a half north of Melbourne lies the Harcourt Mountain Bike Trails at the new La Larr Ba Gauwa Park, which includes 34 kilometres of diverse trails that take advantage of the area's stunning views and unique rock features. There are 11 trails that cater to riders of all abilities from beginner to advanced. La Larr Ba Gauwa Park has everything from a leisurely beginners’ loop to long, flowy cross-country rides and technically challenging trails featuring chutes, berms, drops, jumps and rock gardens.
The Lysterfield Park Mountain Bike Trails and the State Mountain Bike course offers 20 kilometres of trails catering for riders of all ages and ability. Choose from easy family trails for all to enjoy around the lake and parkland, a range of flowing single trails through established plantations or steep and technical sections of trail through rocky landscapes. Riders can test their skills on the challenging mountain biking competition course constructed for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Three hours south west of Melbourne, Forrest caters for all levels of mountain bike riders with over 60 kilometres of formed tracks and a 12 kilometres of mountain bike loop linking Forrest, West Barwon Reservoir and Lake Elizabeth. The Old Beechy Rail Trail provides an excellent walking or cycling experience from Colac, through hinterland towns and communities, to the top of the Beech Forest ridge. This 45-kilometre trail can be completed in shorter segments with areas suitable for beginners and more experienced walkers or cyclists.
An hour and a half north of Melbourne, the 2km long trail at Bowden Spur is the closest purpose built trail north of Melbourne and the first to be constructed in a national park in Victoria. Named Shepherds, the track is designed to delight and challenge experienced downhill mountain bike riders and has a number of dirt jumps, sweeping berms, rock gardens, bomb holes and contains large sections of off-camber riding and has the extremely difficult rating of Double Black Diamond. The trail was constructed by World Trail, the builders of purpose-built mountain bike tracks for the Olympics, world cup events and riding venues such as Mt Buller.
This content can be shared and edited for the purpose of promoting Victoria as a visitor destination. Not for use in paid advertising. Please credit Visit Victoria.