If you're looking for action and an adrenalin rush on mountain bike tracks, then Tasmania's the ideal place to do it.
Because the state's diverse terrain makes it perfectly suited to biking, there are a number of purpose-built mountain bike parks where you can pedal cross country, downhill, free-ride, or dirt jump – whatever you like.
There are areas suitable for beginners and the experienced alike. There are even tracks where families can come together and bike in a more relaxed setting.
Even more handily, mountain bike trails never far from our main centres, so you don't have to travel for hours just to get to a good spot.
The mountain biking community in Tasmania is strong, so wherever you go you're likely to experience friendly greetings from other riders.
For those wanting to take their mountain biking to the next level, a good place to start is Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park. This park is nearby Hobart, and is truly spectacular – it has to be as it has hosted the Australian Nationals. This park varies it up with technical downhill trails, dirt jumps and everything in between.
Are you looking for a more family friendly trail to hit the dirt on? Head to Mount Wellington outside of Hobart, and take a ride down the Pipeline Track. This isn't too challenging so if you're a beginner or have your young ones in tow, it's a fun and leisurely alternative to some of the tougher tracks.
In these cooler months, you'll need to watch the weather if you're heading out on a cycle. For those who love the adventure that wet cycling offers this might not be a problem, but carry layers so you can match the need to be warm.
If you're not prepared to get a little muddy, saving cycling for a clear day is probably the best option.