Text and images by Tim Bardsley-Smith, Australian Mountain Bike Magazine
Australian Mountain Bike Magazine recently tried out the new tracks with the Noosa Trailblazers MTB Club and they had plenty of fun – read their story here and look out for a feature in an upcoming edition of Australian Mountain Bike Magazine.
Some great new trails, along with upgraded old favourites weave through sub-tropical forest, from the top of Mt Tinbeerwah where there are gorgeous 360 degree coastal and hinterland views, to the rainforest gullies below – and there really is something for everyone to do on a bike, no matter what your skills are.
The Wooroi Day Use Area at the main entrance off Cooroy-Noosa Road, is a lovely, shaded picnic spot, perfect for inexperienced riders, with tracks weaving off from here.
If you don’t have your own bike, you can join a guided mountain biking tour with Bike On who cater for all skills levels – they’re also running children’s mountain biking camps over the Christmas school holidays. Their Off The Top mountain bike tour is a half-day downhill adventure that starts from the top of Mt Tinbeerwah (they thoughtfully drive you to the top!). The fully guided tour which includes pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation, and a forest picnic, is done at your pace through bush tracks, small creeks and rainforest.
If you’re looking for something a little less active, Noosa is a beautiful place to hire a bike and ride along the riverfront, bike paths and dedicated cycle lanes on mostly flat areas. Bike paths and lanes follow the Noosa River through Tewantin and along Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, connecting through to Noosa Main Beach, Noosa Heads. You can even pack a picnic and take you bike on the Noosa North Shore Ferry from the end of Moorindil Street, Tewantin, and ride to Noosa North Shore for a relaxing day.
All sorts of bikes, including electric bikes are available for hire – just ask at the Visitor Information Centre in Hastings Street or at Noosa Marina, phone 1 3000 NOOSA or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Images courtesy of Tim Bardsley-Smith, Australian Mountain Bike Magazine