Five Queensland mountain biking experiences

New and experienced riders are spoiled for choice across the state.

Whether you’re an experienced mountain biker or it’s your first time riding off-road, Queensland is home to quality mountain biking (MTB) tracks suitable for every skill level.

Hidden Vale Adventure Park

Experience Hidden Vale Adventure Park in style with Elite Helicopters MTB Adventure Tour. The package includes helicopter transfers from Archerfield airport, e-bike hire, three hours of mountain bike riding and lunch at Spicers Hidden Vale Barn. Check out our review.

Hidden vale Adventure Park is home to more than 110km of trails winding through the 485ha nature refuge.

If you’re not a fan of riding uphill, hire an e-bike or take advantage of the uplift service which will transport you, and your bike, to the top of three descending trails so you can enjoy the ride down. 

Cost: $10 park access fee which goes towards the maintenance of the trails. Uplift service and helicopter transfers are additional costs. 

Tip: Stop in at the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre or grab a post-ride burger at Spicers Hidden Vale. 

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Take a ride along Australia’s longest rail trail and explore charming country towns on the historic Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. 

The trail runs for 161km between the city of Ipswich and the small town of Yarraman, about 2.5 hours’ drive north-west of Brisbane. 

Riders can choose to conquer a section of the trail in a day or embark on a multi-day ride overnighting along the way.

On the trail, riders pass the communities of Coominya, Esk, Toogoolawah, Moore, Linville, Benarkin and Blackbutt where grand Queenslander pubs, comfortable overnight accommodation, campgrounds and country hospitality await.

Cost: Free

Tip: Going north to south is easier than south to north as there are more downhill sections.

Smithfield Mountain Bike Park

Ride the tracks of mountain biking royalty when you tackle the famous Smithfield Mountain Bike Park, the oldest mountain bike park in Australia.

The Smithfield Track, north of Cairns, is the brainchild of world-renowned mountain bike trail designer and Cycling Australia Hall of Fame member Glen Jacobs who has created hundreds of tracks across the world, including the course for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Offering views of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea from its highest point, the rainforest-clad park has a variety of trails to suit beginners, families and advanced riders.

Cost: Free

Tip: Stinging trees and thorny wait-a-while vines are common, so be careful not to brush up against the plant life. 

Nerang MTB trails

Home to the 2018 Commonwealth Games mountain biking events, Nerang National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland has a network of more than 50 cross-country trails.

Ranging from easy fire trails to single-track for experienced riders, the 60km of tracks wind through 1700ha of eucalypt forest, casuarina groves, rock gardens, technical features and creek crossings. 

Skilled riders can try their hand at the three black diamond trails built to test the best riders in the world at the Commonwealth Games. 

The Gold Coast Mountain Bike Club hosts fortnightly social night rides and women-only rides at the park.

Cost: Free

Tip: Look out for horse riders and hikers who share the trails.

Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail

This 89km rail trail traverses undulating farmland and some bushland, with several towns and points of interest along the route.

The 48km South Burnett section of the rail trail is fully bitumen sealed and suitable for beginners, families or those without mountain bikes. 

Towns are located about 5km apart from the Kingaroy end of the trail which make perfect stops to enjoy a cold drink, country hospitality and explore the region.

The section towards Kilkivan is cross country, with less clearly defined paths and natural obstacles, including a river crossing.

Cost: Free

Tip: Wooroolin, Wondai and Murgon offer free 48-hour stops for caravanners.

For more MTB inspiration, check out the Queensland National Parks Mountain Biking Guide.