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Unforgettable riding in nature

Ride naturally. Photo: Damien Breach Photography.

Ride naturally. Photo: Damien Breach Photography.

Queensland Parks have trails for everyone. Photo: Janine Boundy.

Queensland Parks have trails for everyone. Photo: Janine Boundy.

Ride through world heritage-listed rainforests, tackle trails that challenge world champions, follow valleys and ridges cloaked in sun-dappled forests, and pedal leisurely alongside clear creeks and sandy beaches.

Queensland’s national parks and forests offer a striking collection of cycling and mountain biking opportunities that showcase the state’s diverse landscapes.

From advanced competitors to beginners and families, you will discover trails to match, with purpose-built mountain bike parks and forest trails offering a range of magnificent riding experiences.

Holiday with your bikes

Riding can be a part of any Queensland holiday. Hit the trails in the morning, and then spend the rest of the day discovering more of the state’s authentic and inspiring destinations.

Only the best

Rangers, volunteers, clubs and contractors are at work to create and maintain world-class mountain biking opportunities in Queensland’s parks. Long-term protection of the environment goes hand in hand with creating great trails for you to enjoy.

What’s on?

If competition is more your style, keep an eye on our event calendar and mountain bike club websites.

Gold Coast

Famous for fun, the Gold Coast provides a remarkable selection of trails in this outstanding part of Queensland.

Nerang National Park and Nerang State Forest

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Glossy black cockatoos and sleepy koalas are trail-side spectators along these shared and single trails that feature fast corners, technical features and creek crossings.

Brisbane's backyard

Ride with the koalas at Daisy Hill Regional Park. Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.

Ride with the koalas at Daisy Hill Regional Park. Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.

Ride the roads and trails in D'Aguilar National Park. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Ride the roads and trails in D'Aguilar National Park. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Government.

Just beyond Queensland’s vibrant capital city, a natural world of riding adventure beckons.

Bunyaville Regional Park

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Enjoy a ride through this peaceful bushland retreat, only 15km from the city centre, on a multitude of interwoven roads and trails that cross undulating landscapes. No matter your cycling ability, there’s an experience to suit every skill level.

Daisy Hill Regional Park

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Take the family on a ride through this park that is home to one of Australia’s most significant regional koala populations. Stop and look for koalas along the way. The trails join a network of riding opportunities in the surrounding reserves, parks and conservation areas that include easy, family-friendly rides and technical single trail.

Many other parks and forests on Brisbane’s doorstep welcome mountain biking. Check out the single trails at Samford Regional Park, and the roads and shared trails in D’Aguilar, Lockyer and Bellthorpe national parks, Moggill Regional Park, and Glen Rock and Jimna State forests.

Southern Queensland country

Some of Queensland’s most accessible parks are within a short drive of Brisbane and the major regional city of Toowoomba. Picturesque roads and trails within Yarraman and Benarkin State forests offer a range of riding experiences.

Sunshine Coast

Eumundi Regional Park has a medley of forest types. Photo: Ross Naumann, Queensland Governement.

Eumundi Regional Park has a medley of forest types. Photo: Ross Naumann, Queensland Governement.

Balmy weather, incredible natural wonders and riding adventures abound in this refreshing slice of the Queensland coast.

Tewantin National Park

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A kaleidoscope of dramatic scenery and tricky trail features greets riders on these trails, where Mount Tinbeerwah dominates the skyline, a reminder of the area’s ancient volcanic history.

Parklands Regional Park

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The unofficial centre of mountain biking on the Sunshine Coast, these sometimes technical trails, in the shadow of Radar Hill, dip into palm-lined gullies and wind their way through eucalypt forests and subtropical rainforest.

Eumundi Regional Park

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More than 15 km of wide shared trails snake through a medley of forest types in an area with a rich timber-harvesting history.

Riding in the Sunshine Coast region isn’t limited to just these parks. Conondale, Dularcha, Tuchekoi and Woondum national parks, and Amamoor, Beerburrum, Beerwah and Imbil State forests also offer opportunities for exploring the area on two wheels.

Southern Great Barrier Reef (Central Queensland)

There's something for everyone at the Promisedland Mountain Bike Trails. Photo: John Gatley.

There's something for everyone at the Promisedland Mountain Bike Trails. Photo: John Gatley.

Ride through colourful parks, alive with wildlife and cultural experiences, which will capture your heart and stimulate your imagination.

Promisedland Mountain Bike Trails

Cordalba State Forest

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Riders of all abilities can escape the city bustle and hit these roads and trails. Scale rugged hills veiled in a mosaic of plant communities and remnant hoop pine vine scrub.

Toogoom Mountain Bike Trails

Vernon State Forest

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Mix and match trails for a unique experience on every ride. Cruise undulating trails through forests and woodlands of spotted gums, ironbarks and stringbarks.

Also try the sun-dappled roads in Coominglah and Byfield State forests, beneath towering plantations and forests.

Outback Queensland

Quintessentially Australian, Queensland’s outback teems with ancient history, interwoven cultures and unique natural landscapes. Slow down, take your time and explore the outback by bike in Moorrinya, Lochern, Camooweal Caves and Blackbraes national parks.

Whitsundays and Mackay

Look for whales while riding South Molle Island. Photo: JJ Pictures, Whitsundays MTB Club.

Look for whales while riding South Molle Island. Photo: JJ Pictures, Whitsundays MTB Club.

Meet a ranger at South Molle Island. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Tourism and Events Queensland.

Meet a ranger at South Molle Island. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Tourism and Events Queensland.

National parks and State forests full of hidden riding treasures, and the chance to explore one of the Whitsundays’ island wonders, draw riders here from all over the world.

Conway Circuit, Whitsunday Trails

Conway National Park

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For a coastal escape, mix it up on the Conway Circuit by sampling sections or tackling the whole 27.1km. Forest-framed glimpses of the Whitsunday coast and islands reward experienced riders.

South Molle Island, Whitsunday Trails

Molle Islands National Park

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Escape the mainland for white sandy beaches, azure water and scenic coastal and reef views. The four trails of South Molle Island pass through grasslands and forests, to an ancient Aboriginal stone quarry and spectacular island summits.

For more adventures in this part of Queensland, ride the fire trails and roads along the rugged Clarke Range in Cathu State Forest and throughout the Mackay Highlands in Crediton State Forest and Eungella and Homevale national parks.

Townsville and surrounds

Explore the diversity of the Cape Pallarenda Trails. Photo: Fiona O'Grady, Queensland Government.

Explore the diversity of the Cape Pallarenda Trails. Photo: Fiona O'Grady, Queensland Government.

Wheel your way through a region studded with outback and coastal natural wonders and a range of riding opportunities.

Cape Pallarenda Trails

Cape Pallarenda and Townsville Town Common regional parks

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Winding around headlands scattered with World War II relics, more than 10km of shared trails cross the northern and western slopes of Many Peaks Range, pausing at sandy beaches with views of coastal islands and the Coral Sea.

A little further from the coast, the roads and fire trails in Dalrymple and Blackwood national parks also offer exciting mountain biking experiences.

Tropical North Queensland

Tropical North Queensland has trails for all skill levels. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Goverment.

Tropical North Queensland has trails for all skill levels. Photo: Maxime Coquard, Queensland Goverment.

Ride Smithfield Mountain Bike Park. Photo: Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

Ride Smithfield Mountain Bike Park. Photo: Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

Ride Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park too! Photo: Damien Breach Photography.

Ride Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park too! Photo: Damien Breach Photography.

Adventurous by nature, this unspoilt portion of the state hosts a range of purpose-built mountain bike trails, making it a world-class mountain biking destination.

Smithfield Mountain Bike Park

Smithfield Regional Park

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Clad in coastal rainforest and offering views of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea from its highest point, this park has a variety of trails to suit beginners, families, advanced competitors and everyone in between.

Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park

Herberton State Forest and Baldy Mountain Forest Reserve

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Criss-crossing the lower slopes of the Herberton Range, more than 30km of trails dip into rocky gullies and clear creeks, climb forest-clad valleys and ridgelines and offer awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscape.

Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park

Dinden State Forest and Dinden West Forest Reserve

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Navigate six, gently flowing, single trails through granite outcrops, clear streams, and forests of bloodwoods, stringbarks, she-oaks, cycads and grass trees.

Grab your bike and head to other shared trails in this adventure-filled region on Black Mountain Road, Twin Bridges Trail and the Bump Track in Kuranda and Mowbray national parks; the Goldfield Trail in Wooroonooran National Park, the Musgravea Trail in Djiru National Park and several trails in the Misty Mountains network.

More on offer!

Search for other Queensland parks and forests with cycling opportunities or download Spin Naturally (Resource currently being updated), Queensland National Parks' mountain biking guide.

Know your limits

Grade Description
Easy gradeEasy Wide trail with gentle gradient and smooth surface. Some obstacles such as roots, logs and rocks. Suitable for beginner mountain bikers with basic mountain-bike skills and off-road bikes.
Intermediate gradeIntermediate Trail with moderate gradients, variable surface and obstacles. May include steep sections. Suitable for skilled mountain bikers with mountain bikes.
Advanced gradeDifficult Suitable for experienced mountain bikers, used to physically demanding routes. Navigation and personal survival skills are highly desirable. Expect large, dangerous and unavoidable obstacles and features. Challenging and variable with long steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces. Some sections will be easier to walk.

Ride responsibly

  • Make sure riding is allowed at the park or forest you are visiting. Bikes are only allowed on some roads, tracks and trails.
  • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns and down slopes—this caused collisions with others and damages the trail. Stay on the marked trails and roads.
  • Keep trails in good condition and stop erosion by not riding during or straight after rain.
  • Heed all closure, access and safety information and signs.

Ride safely

  • Wear the right safety gear and be realistic about your abilities.
  • Be aware of other riders, walkers, horses, cattle, vehicles and logging trucks, and give way where you should. To safely alert horses, slow right down and talk. Hearing a human voice helps a horse stay calm when a bike appears suddenly.
  • Before you head off, check if any park alerts affect the park you intend to visit.

More information

Contact your local mountain biking organisation, Queensland Mountain Bike or IMBA Australia for safety and other information.

Last updated
27 July 2016