Feb
19
2014

Where to mountain bike in Tasmania

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Tasmania is a paradise for those who love adventurous pursuits, and it's no exception when it comes to mountain biking.

With so many stunning national parks, hikes and trails and gorgeous natural beauty, seeing the island from the back of a bike is one of the best ways to get around and soak it all in.

Whether you're in Hobart or a more remote area of the country, there's usually a biking trail nearby to get your wheels dirty on. Beginners and experts alike will be able to experience thrilling routes suitable for their skillset and experience, and will be well rewarded with stunning views in all directions.

With that in mind, here are some of the top spots for mountain biking in beautiful Tasmania – so get prepared to peddle.

Mountain biking in Tasmania

You don't even have to get out of Tasmania's capital city to enjoy what's on offer. Right there, looming above the city, is Mount Wellington – and there are plenty of mountain biking trails to enjoy.

Beginners can try the Pipeline Track, which is even suitable for families. This is a great way to start out if you're not too confident yet, but don't worry, soon you'll be ready to hit the slopes like a pro!

The North-South Track is a slightly more challenging venture, so riders with a little more experience will love sinking their teeth into this one. Watch out – there are some jumps that the brave of heart might want to try!

If you head just a 15 minute drive outside of Hobart, you can even find a purpose-built bike park. The Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park includes cross country, downhill, mountain cross, dirt jump tracks – as well as plenty of other exciting features that mountain biking enthusiasts will love.

The park caters for beginners right through to the most extreme of bike riders, so there's fun for the whole family to enjoy at this action-packed complex.

Challenge your skills on rocky trails or see how high you can fly on the jump areas – just make sure you're wearing all the appropriate safety gear!

There are even more biking opportunities close to Hobart. Battery Point, a historic precinct, offers plenty of thrilling rides, while Richmond is just a 26 kilometre stretch away.

Take on some of the trails around Tasman Peninsula, including around the Port Arthur Historic site, which is just over 100 kilometres south of Hobart.

For a unique biking experience, head to Maria Island. You can hire a bike here, or bring your own across on the ferry. In locations like this, biking can be one of the best ways to see the scenery that the island is renowned for.

Heading closer to the northern tip of Tasmania,  Bakers Beach and Launceston offer some adrenalin-pumping rides to challenge even the most experienced of bikers. Put your pedal to the metal and see what you can achieve on these trails.

Some people manage to mountain-bike their way across most of Tasmania – that's how great the trails are and how fantastic the scenery is.

Make sure that wherever you're headed, you look into the weather and conditions. Between January and April are the best months for cycling on the island, with the summer climate and lengthy days offering up ideal rides.

Polish your helmet, get out your lycras and saddle up! Tasmania is yours to explore, and getting amongst nature and having an adventure sure is a memorable way of doing so.

Pipeline track nearest town - image credit: OnTheConvictTrail blog site

North-South Track Mt Wellington

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