The Alpine Epic, Victoria
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You’d never guess that three hours north-west of Melbourne CBD, Mount Buller’s snowfields house an off-season extravaganza of trails. Although the track demands a gruelling 16 kilometres of uphill rides, the view afforded to the committed cyclist will more than make up for it – with panoramic glimpses over the state from almost 1650 metres in the air, you’ll have a hard time keeping your gaze on the track.
Mawson Trail, South Australia
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At almost 900 kilometres long, there’s more than enough on this outback-fringed trail to keep a two-wheeled enthusiast occupied. The track stretches from Adelaide to Blinman in the Flinders Rangers and eschews bitumen roads for more rugged, remote routes along national park fire trails, farm access tracks and near-deserted country roads. If you can’t fit two and a half weeks of riding into your schedule, don’t worry – the track can be broken into smaller portions and starting from towns in the Barossa Valley is a good place to get going. Image by: BRJ INC. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Conway Circuit, Queensland
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This 27-kilometre point-to-point black-grade trail cuts through dense, leafy rainforest, ideal for experienced riders. There’s a notable amount of uphill slog but the views it rewards you with will ease your regret – a minor detour to the spectacular viewpoint at Honeyeater Lookout is a panorama that’s worth the additional pedals. Riders should be aware they don’t have this trail to themselves however – the path is shared with hikers and you’ll have to give them right of way.
Simpsons Gap Bike Path, Northern Territory
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In the shadow of the mesmerising ripples of the West Macdonnell Ranges, this track follows the foothills for 17 kilometres, taking riders from Flynn’s Grave to the majestic gorge of Simpson’s Gap, with fascinating flora and fauna lining the sealed track. Image by: Reed (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Maria Island, Tasmania
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Around 30 kilometres of track meanders around the unspoilt beauty of Maria Island off Tassie’s East coast. Riders can revel in the fact that every inch of the island is national park and it’s all been christened with World Heritage status, creating an enticingly isolated environment to pedal through. (There are also no cars to share the road with – but also no shops to buy supplies at!). Be aware riding across the stretch of sand at the isthmus is prohibited so be prepared to walk this leg of the trail. Image by: Paul Benjamin (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Bass Coast Rail Trail, Victoria
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Skimming the seaside of Victoria’s Kilcunda Coastal Reserve, this trail melds history and scenery. Passing the state’s first black coal mine, which dates back to 1852, as well as through historic Kilcunda town, the only challenge this trail will present you with is keeping your eyes on the path ahead. Image by: Travellers travel photobook (CC BY 2.0)
Margaret River trails, Western Australia
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A veritable treasure trove of mountain bike trails, Margaret River is the unassuming (and unofficial) capital of Western Australian biking. Trails weave through lush bushland, incorporating fallen logs as obstacles for intermediate runs. The confident won’t be able to resist the Middle Earth track, where the technical single track leads you through bushland featuring photo-worthy hollowed out trees.
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Noosa Trail Network, Queensland
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A collection of eight hinterland trails that vary in terrain, the Noosa Trail Network is varied both in its terrain and in its sights. While whizzing through, riders could pass mango farms, eucalypt forests and grazing land still in use for hungry cattle, with one trail even delving deep into the Yurol State Forest. As this track is shared between hikers and horse riders, you’ll need to stay alert and give way to both if crossing paths.
Mount Arapiles, Victoria
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Can you summit this mighty rock on two wheels? If locals can manage it, then you can, too. Needless to say, the hill climb to the very top is daunting but not impossible. From nearby Natimuk in western Victoria, sealed roads lead you in a loop through Tooan, circling the mount itself before you take on its slopes. The view over the surrounding Wimmera Plains is worth the ascent. Just keep your eyes peeled for pedestrians – this track is popular with hikers too. Image by: Ed Dunens (CC BY 2.0)
Blue Derby, Tasmania
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More than 20 trails twist and turn through temperate Tasmanian rainforest at the state’s premier mountain biking destination. Part of a plan to develop an eventual 80 kilometres of local forest into a haven for bikers, the first 30 kilometres were completed in 2015 and include green circle, blue square and single black diamond runs, essentially catering for all skill levels.
Kosciuszko Flow Trail, New South Wales
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From November to May, Thredbo’s snowfields give way to a delightful kilometres’ worth of bike paths, culminating in the highlight of Kosciuszko Flow Trail. A blue square-rated run, it brings riders from the heights of Mount Kosciuzsko at 1930 metres and runs down the mountainside, revealing breathtaking views of the Thredbo valley below. Note that any newbie will have to undergo instruction and coaching before putting foot to pedal. Image by: Andrea Schaffer (CC BY 2.0)
Munda Biddi Trail, Western Australia
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Even regular visitors to this 1000-kilometre-long trail will find new corners to explore. Between the south-eastern towns of Mundaring and Albany, this extensive off-road cycling trail stretches though a natural corridor of eucalypt-dotted bushland, giving riders a first-hand glimpse of the unique beauty of the area. If 1000 kilometres seems a too long for a joy ride, don’t worry – the trail is accessible by car and can be separated into shorter sections for those looking for a more manageable jaunt.
Faulconbridge Point Trail, New South Wales
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The Blue Mountains might seem like a treacherous place to take your two wheels but the elevation of some of the area’s tracks is what makes the ride all the more thrilling. The Faulconbridge Point Trail, for example, makes the most of the expansive vistas over the blue-hued valley, guiding riders down the sandy stretch of Grose Road before revealing the lookout over a deep and impressive tree-blanketed gorge. Although the majority of the track is flat, there some hills that will challenge beginners. Image by: Matthew Willis (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
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