If there’s something Tasmania is getting really good at, it’s mountain bike trails. The trails on the Northwest coast are likely our best kept secret, with four purpose-built biking destinations and growing, you’ve got to experience this in your travels.
The Wild Mersey trails network feature over 100km of shredding fun, with everything from leisurely railway rides to the eBike challenges, which are technical ascents for those with a battery powered horse!
They’re mountains not molehills on the West Coast trails, and as you drive into Queenstown the imposing Mt Owen reminds you of just that! It’s not all hardcore technical trails though, the Montezuma Falls loop with the infamous suspension bridge, or the Sterling Valley trails are great for those after a green trail to tick the legs over with.
The Penguin MTB park is great for cutting your teeth (not losing them) as a new rider, but also connects to the Dial Range trails if you’re more experienced or ready to take it up a notch. If you’re after more of this, the Burnie, Devonport and Ulverstone pump tracks are great to hone skills or zip around for fun. The coastal cycle way in Burnie is another nice ride, a smooth and shared pathway great for just getting on your bike and going.
The View Road Reserve Pump Track and MTB Cycle Path are the newer additions to the North West repertoire, with separate zones for the kids or beginners to start on before advancing. If it looks familiar, the dirt piles used for the Burnie Challenge have been repurposed to create dirt jumps just up from the pump track. Beyond there you’ll find short and sweet green, blue and black diamond trails that are tucked away right in the heart of Burnie.
Make the North West Coast your next Mountain Biking destination.