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Mountain Biking North East Tasmania
The Hollybank Forest Reserve is a parcel of stunning native bushland, parklands and small plantations of exotic tree species, located a short distance from the city of Launceston.
The Hollybank site is a perfect 'gateway' facility to the North East Tasmania Mountain Bike (NEMTB) experiences, offering an accessible 'taste' of the current and proposed 'wild ride' wilderness trail experiences in the region. The rugged river and predominantly dense forest of Hollybank provide an experience of true remoteness, despite being just a short drive from Launceston.
As a whole, the facility offers a diverse riding experience with enticing opportunities for all skill levels and demographics. The site is home to significant tracts of undisturbed native flora, and areas of forest selectively harvested in the past that now appear undisturbed, offering a true wilderness mountain bike experience. The Hollybank site is also benefited by interesting terrain and topography, which includes frequent rocky dolerite outcrops, providing an interesting canvas for these engaging and exciting mountain bike trails. Pipers River and Butchers Creek both pass through the trails, contributing to the appeal of the Reserve and adjacent State Forest.
Flow Mountain Bike were invited by Dirt Art to take a sneak peak of the Hollybank Mountain Bike Park trails just prior to their launch in October. Check out their great footage and article .......
An article published by the Australian Mountain Bike Magazine featuring our own Hollybank Trails - Raw Tasmania - Hauling through Hollybank.
A shuttle bus service operates at Hollybank on a regular basis. Details of timings and costs etc can be found on the following Facebook page - Juggernaut Shuttle - Hollybank.
Updates on the MTB Park, the trails, videos and photos etc can also be found at the following dedicated Facebook page - Hollybank MTB Park.
Surface: Gravel capped
Difficulty: Green Circle/easy
No Sweat is a single direction Green Loop trail that provides beginner riders with an opportunity to develop their skills without venturing far from the trailhead and facilities in a safe, controlled environment. It has been designed and built from the ground up to provide the perfect introduction to mountain biking. the trail has been gravel surfaced to provide a year round, all weather riding experience.
Packed with gentle flow, the trail features endless berms and rollers through an iconic and highly varied forest environment. Absolute beginner or season professional, you'll love No Sweat.
Surface: Natural (hero dirt)
Difficulty: Blue Square/intermediate
Tall Timbers is a stunning 4km ride full of natural flow and rock. Beginning with the giant descending berms of 'The Corkscrew' the trail ducks and weaves through stunning native forests and includes two river crossings, that at times feature high water levels. The trail is an intermediate ride that is designed to be a natural progression from No Sweat.
Difficulty: Blue Square/intermediate
Featuring over 6km of all out descending, and a further 4km of gradually descending this trail is already being hailed as one of Australia's best. With shuttle access to the summit, this trail provides a unique all-mountain (so enduro!) experience featuring a relentless mix of natural rock technicality and tyre-rolling berms and flow. From open rocky peaks offering stunning vistas, through to brooding, dark forests, Juggernaut is a journey through multiple unique Tasmanian forest types and terrain.
Surface: Natural rock slabs
Difficulty: Double Black Diamond/extreme
Reverb is not for the faint hearted, offering arguably the most challenging descent at Hollybank. The short link provides an alternative diversion from Juggernaut, suitable only for highly advanced riders. This steep trail is littered with unavoidable drops and very steep rock chutes. For those with the requisite skill and commitment, this is one seriously fun trail!
Difficulty: Double Black Diamond/extreme
Ginger Ridge is an existing trail that has been given 'a little love'. Built somne years ago by local Rob Potter, the trail is a frenzy of steep rock chutes, drops and turns. Suitable only for advanced riders, this hand-built trail offers a truly challenging descent suitable for all mountain and downhill riders. The trail connects back onto Juggernaut via a 2km commute, or may be shuttled independently using Juggernaut as a lead-in from the summit with a pick up at the trails end.
Travelling out of Launceston on George Town Road, turn right at the Rocherlea turn off onto B81 (the Black Stallion pub is on the corner). Follow 12.2km along the Lilydale Road (B81) until you get to the orange Hollybank Treetops Adventure signage.
Turn right at the orange Hollybank Treetops Adventure sign which can be seen from the highway B81. Turn left at the green Hollybank Forest sign onto Hollybank Road.
Continue on Hollybank Road until you see the gate to the Forest Reserve on the left and then proceed for another 150metres approximately.
There is ample parking and signage with an overview of the Hollybank Mountain Bike Park including individual trails.
The Derby and Cascade Forest area is already known amongst the locals as a great spot to ride, with the forest area adjacent to the historic town of Derby.
Trails have been identified to form the Blue Derby trail network (approximately 90km) and construction on these commenced in April 2014 by mountain bike designer and builder World Trail. There will be two key drop-off points that provide a number of descents - a drop off on Cascade Dam Road, 3kms from Derby, and a drop off point on Mt Paris Dam Road. The trails were officially opened in February 2015.
Flow Magazine launched 'Must-ride: Blue Derby Tasmania' following their visit to the mountain bike trails at Derby. Words by Flow / Images by Flowtographer. Take a look at the amazing footage and story featuring the town of Derby. 'Must-ride: Blue Derby Tasmania'.
Also showcasing Stage 1 of the mountain bike trails at Derby in their latest endurance racing magazine - Enduro Mag.
Berms and Ferns
The Great Race
The Blue Tier is a large area of native forest characterised by dense tracks of wet myrtle forest, granite bedrock, and a significant elevation range. Rising from the towns of Weldborough and Moorina, the Blue Tier has long held appeal with mountain bike riders, who have for many years populated the existing trails in the area.
The site consists of a range of hills, mountains and alpine plateaus situated approximately 35km east of Scottsdale, and 25km north west of St Helens. The Blue Tier site has a wide elevation range which will allow the development of trails that will offer both sustained climbs and descents. The complete trail system proposed for the Blue Tier may be ridden as an uninterrupted whole, or may be split into shorter loops, allowing a wide variety of ride options.
A significant attraction of the area is the ability to build trails with sustained climbing and descending, allowing for the creation of a true 'wild ride' experience. The Blue Tier Descent construction by World Trail is underway and is due to be finished by June 2016.
Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area (NRA) offers a network of over 14km of tracks, largely narrow single tracks, along with some fire trails and boardwalks.
The nature of the tracks and riding opportunities are quite different to those at the Trevallyn NRA. Kate Reed NRA has small hills, shorter climbs and descents, and most tracks are narrow, tight and twisty, with a relatively smooth surface. The tracks at Kate Reed NRA are well suited to inexperienced riders or those with lower levels of fitness. Due to its smaller size, experienced riders can cover most tracks during a single ride of between one and two hours.
Runners, walkers and orienteers use the tracks at Kate Reed NRA in relatively small numbers, although the area's bushland setting is more appealing than running or walking on sealed roads or busy footpaths. Although there are six km of 'mountain bike preferrred' tracks that have been developed specifically for mountain biking, riders should expect to encounter walkers and joggers using these tracks and be prepared to give way to other users.
Unlike Trevallyn NRA, Kate Reed NRA does not have a large number of reserve neighbours, and this has resulted in lower local demand for dog walking opportunities. Dogs need to be kept on-lead at all times for the safety of track users.
Kate Reed NRA is readily accessible from Launceston but does not have the same level of infrastructure (i.e. signage, roads, parking, toilets, shelters, barbeques) like those at Trevallyn NRA. The main car parks used by visitors to the reserve (with the Silverdome complex) may be locked on weekends and outside business hours, however there is a small car park outside the locked boom gate and other parking areas to the south of the reserve.
Occasionally the tracks are subject to closure for management purposes, events, or due to the condition of the tracks (e.g. after sustained heavy rainfall). Rider are encouraged to check the Parks and Wildlife Service Facebook page for regular updates on the track's condition and reserve activities.
Link to download map - Kate Reed NRA (2MB PDF File).
The Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area (NRA) is located only four kilometres from the Launceston city centre, and borders the popular Cataract Gorge Reserve. Trevallyn has something for all track users, from wheelchair accessible trails leading to scenic lookouts, to multi-use tracks shared by walkers, mountain bikers, dog walkers, equestrians, orienteers and runners, to a purpose-built mountain bike single track. The Trevallyn NRA offers a network of over 35km of tracks and trails in a natural bush setting, where people can exercise or simply escape the city. The track network includes over 7km of purpose built mountain bike single track developed in partnership between the Launceston Mountain Bike Club and the Parks and Wildlife Service.
Trevallyn NRA provides an extensive area for cross country / all mountain riders to escape the city's noise and traffic, for half a day of solid riding. Numerous loops and connections allow a different route on each visit. The sometimes rocky and steep terrain provides a physical and technical challenge for even the most experienced riders, with the 'mountain bike preferred' tracks providing well-built single tracks that have the 'flow' that experienced mountain bikers seek. Although these trails have been developed for mountain biking, riders should expect to encounter walkers and joggers using the tracks and be prepared to give way to other users.
For those who want a break from mountain biking, there are 3km of 'walking only' tracks that offer the opportunity for contemplation and appreciation of the natural and scenic valuesof the South Esk River gorge. The walk from Aquatic Point to Trevallyn Dam and on to the Hoo Hoo Hut, offers numerous scenic viewpoints and the opportunity to see some rare plants and animals. From the Hoo Hoo Hut you can walk to the historic Duck Reach and onto the Cataract Gorge Reserve and return on a loop forming one of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks.
Responsible dog walkers have the pleasure of being able to walk their dogs off-lead in the largest area available for this activity in Launceston, along with many more tracks where dogs can be walked on-lead.
Runners, like walkers, have access to all reserve tracks. Some runners seek out narrow single tracks that mountain bikers prefer, while others run along the wider fire trails and more developed tracks and roads with smoother surfaces.
Trevally NRA is one of the few reserves managed by Parks and Wildlife where horse riding is allowed. A local riding club manages an equestrian area, complete with a fenced, grass dressage arena and an extensive cross country jumps circuit. Horse riding is also permitted on some of the wider fire trails, however, due to the popularity of the area with mountain bike riders and dog walkers (and the potential for horses to be spooked) these tracks are primarily for club members riding their horses to the equestrian area. For everyone's safety, mountain bikers (and walkers) must give way to horse riders and should stop, move to the side of the track and wait until the horse passes before proceeding.
Three main visitor nodes, with picnic tables, shelters, toilets and barbeques, makes this reserve attractive for families and social groups. Walking or mountain bike tracks are easily accessible from each of these nodes.
Occasionally the tracks are subject to closure for management purposes, events, or due to the condition of the tracks (e.g. after sustained heavy rainfall). Riders are encouraged to check the Parks and Wildlife Service Facebook page for regular updates on the track's condition and reserve activities.
Link to download map - Trevallyn NRA (3MB PDF File).