Riders worldwide are making tracks to Tasmania – an island at the world’s edge covered in wild mountain bike trails with ribbons of dirt tracks passing some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet.
Whoever said “the fun is over at the end of the trail” didn’t ride this island. Adrenaline pumping adventures are just minutes from trails. Jump on a quad bike and seek out secluded beaches, fly above the forest canopy, raft wild rivers or abseil Gordon Dam.
It’s not just mountain biking trails drawing people to Tasmania. It also has a reputation for tantalising food and wine trails and more recently lesser-known beer and whisky trails are making their mark.
Here are the rides that are shifting the island’s mountain biking reputation up a gear. To nail your trip on and off the trails, tuck these insider tips firmly in your back pocket.
ENDURO WORLD SERIES
On 30 March 2019, Derby will again host round two of the Enduro World Series, the second time the global event has been held in Australia. More hand cut trails will be developed to challenge the world’s best Enduro riders. The infamous trails from the 2017 race are available to shred, such as Trouty, Upper Shearpin and the award-winning Detonate trail.
1. BLUE DERBY NETWORK
Blue Derby is a network of trails that surround the town of Derby. Once the centre of a tin mining boom, these days it’s the mountain bikers carving up the dirt. The Blue Derby Network has changed mountain biking in Tasmania and Australia forever. The trails encompass everything mountain bikers love. Cruise to the top of the hill. Tear downhill as fast as you can. Repeat.
Dam Busters trail takes its name from the 1929 disaster when the Cascade Dam burst, wiping out the riverbed and half of the township of Derby. Ride the forest and exposed riverbed and finish with a white-knuckle descent to Derby.
Blue Tier trail cuts through the mountain ranges it’s named after, descending to Weldborough Pub – just in time for a hearty counter meal and a huge selection of craft beer sourced from local Tasmanian microbreweries.
Want to taste a local brew at the source? Head to Little Rivers Brewing Co. in Scottsdale for a Dam Busters pale – it packs a punch, just like the trail it’s named after. Need to brush up on your Australian history? Learn about Tasmania’s tin mining history at the Derby Schoolhouse Museum. Feel like cooling down after your ride? Follow the locals lead and skinny-dip underneath Mathinna Falls.