Hiking has been all the rage in iso, and while we’re loving the incredible views filling our insta feeds, we’re in dire need of a little more excitement in our lives. So drenaline junkies, if you’re itching for adventure, mountain biking just might be the way to go. It’s a great way to explore the mountains you’ve already climbed from a whole new perspective, plus it’ll give you an adrenaline hit that hiking just can’t offer. If you’re eager to get those pedals pumping, check out the list below for the best mountain biking trails in and around Brisbane, from beginner to expert. Just make sure you wear a helmet.
Mt Coot-Tha Forest
Known for its lookouts and walking trails, Mt Coot-Tha also has a diverse range of mountain biking tracks hidden amongst the bushland. With tracks rated from easy to very difficult, the mountain has something for all skill levels. If you’re new to the game, give the Rocket Frog Trail a go. It’s 2.2km long and provides a great introduction to riding on natural terrain. If you’re a seasoned rider, try the Cubberla Creek Trail for some constructed rock features to keep you on your toes (or your wheels).
Bayview Conservation Park
If you’re over by the bayside, swing by the Bayview Conservation Park to cruise through picturesque trails that will have you weaving between trees and dodging bushy debris. Enter the park from Serpentine Creek Road in Redland Bay, and you’ll come across trails suitable for beginners and intermediate riders. The area is home to the Bayview Blast, an annual cycling event held in June. 2020’s event has been cancelled (thanks for that, ‘rona) but that leaves you with plenty of time to train for 2021. See you on the trails.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Looking for a two-wheeled adventure? Set your sights on Daisy Hill Conservation Park and its dedicated mountain bike-only trails, built to international standards so you can experience a range of challenging terrains. Start your day off with an early morning ride amongst the eucalypt forests, or put your skills to the test by traversing tight corners and rocky berms. The Glossy Black Trail is great for beginners, but once you’ve got some experience under your pedals, take on the rock garden that makes up part of the Chipline Trail.
Samford Conservation Park
When it comes to places that rock, Samford Conservation Park tops the list. It’s home to Ironbark Gully, a developing trail network filled with ruts and roots that are sure to make for a challenging ride. The trails are mostly suited for intermediate riders, but if you’re experienced enough to tackle the fire roads, the descent is said to be spectacular. The park even has a purpose-built mountain bike warm-up area, plus you can treat yourself to an early morning brew at one of the local coffee joints up the road. Trust us—you’ll need a caffeine hit to re-energize after your ride.
Hidden Vale Adventure Park
Just over an hour’s drive from Brisbane lies Hidden Vale Adventure Park, a mountain biking mecca containing over 100km worth of trails. The tracks are open to the public for just $10 per person, which gives you unlimited access to the park for the whole day. You’ll have to sign in when you arrive, but the park manager will give you great advice on the best rides for your skillset, so it’s worth saying hello. Each track is rated according to its difficulty, and there’s even options for kids, so the whole family can get involved. We recommend the Plane Sailing Track, which takes you past a real-life plane wreck—plus it’s got some good berms, too. Make a weekend of it and book a stay at Spicers Hidden Vale.
Redlands Track Park
Head south-east from Brisbane and you’ll eventually stumble across the Redlands Track Park, the perfect place to put you mountain biking skills to the test. The trails are dotted with scribbly gums, low logs and tree roots, as well as a number of loose rocky corners. Keep an eye out for horse riders and climbers if you’re tackling one of the shared trails. The Anti Gravity Track is perfect if you’re looking for a challenge, or otherwise stick to the Luge for plenty of berms and corners.
For purpose built trails worthy of the Australian XCM Championships, head to Mount Joyce, just over an hour’s drive from the CBD. With over 40km of purpose-built trails to explore, a ride at Mount Joyce is any mountain biker’s dream. Plus, most of the trails link together, so you can extend your ride for as long as you like. Winning!
Prefer to stay on two feet, or just don't have a mountain bike? Here’s 10 mountain hikes near Brisbane to get your heart pumping.
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