AUGUST ADVENTURES: MOUNTAIN BIKING
With the cool winter weather around the country, now is a great time to get out for some adventurous activities to warm you up. This week we are looking into certified mountain biking tour operators around the country who will have you up and riding like a professional off-road mountain biker in no time!
Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre - NSW
Starting off in New South Wales, the Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre is Ecotourism certified and hosts activities in and around The Steps Barrington Campground. Guests to the campground can access the bike park for free while day trippers will have to book ahead for a $5 entry fee. The Barrington bike park consists of a 3.5km cross country loop suitable for all skill levels, a pump track for a hard uphill ride and a dedicated mountain biking obstacle course dubbed the playground. Be sure to bring your own bike or find a rental from a local store before heading out to the bike park for a day of family mountain biking fun.
K7 Adventures – NSW
While not operating mountain biking during the winter months due to the snowy change in conditions, we thought it was worth mentioning Advanced Ecotourism certified K7 Adventures and their cross-country mountain biking tours, as these can take you into some of the most remote and stunning areas of the Thredbo Mountain Range. With options for a half day, full day or multi day cross country mountain biking adventure with various options for different skill levels, it’s worth remembering this one for the summer season!
Walkabout Creek Adventures - QLD
Situated just 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Walkabout Creek Adventures run three Nature certified mountain biking tours around the Enoggera Reservoir within the D’Aguilar National Park. Walkabout Creek Adventures has tours for every level of experience, ranging from short one-hour long beginner trails around the reservoir to two-and-a-half-hour trail tours for intermediate riders that show off the stunning scenery of the national park. Daily biking skills courses at 11am ensure even beginner riders are able to learn the skills they need for a day out mountain biking. Walkabout Creek Adventures can also provide bike hire and equipment if necessary.
Southern Exposure - VIC
If you’re down in Victoria and looking for an adventurous tour activity to warm you up, Southern Exposure offers three different Ecotourism certified guided mountain biking tours. Outfitted with high quality biking equipment, mountain biking tours range from a two-hour single track to a full day exploration throughout the Otway Ranges and the trails surrounding Lake Elizabeth to the Yaugher Trail Head, Red Carpet and the Roller Coaster. Throughout your tours with Southern Exposure you will not only get a great workout but learn about mountain biking techniques and the environmental impact of mountain biking from industry experts.
Surf n’ Dirt Adventure Tours Margaret River - WA
If you’re seeking an adventurous day out in Western Australia, then you should consider Surf N’ Dirt Adventure Tours Margret River. This business runs combined mountain biking, kayaking and wine tasting tours, mountain biking through the Boranup Forest and kayaking along the Blackwood River before finishing up with a picnic lunch and a visit to the Arlewood Estate winery. Mountain biking gear and equipment are supplied, and each tour chooses their difficulty level prior to the tour’s commencement, so that visitors of any skill levels can make the most of the trip.
Planning on going mountain biking this winter season?
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[Cover image: Surf n’ Dirt Adventure Tours Margaret River]