Brisbane is home to some great local trails, with everything from beginners XC, to fully fledged downhill madness. With so much to choose from, here’s our pick of the best.
Easily Brisbane’s most popular trails, Gap creek is a mix of everything from techy XC trails to flowy jump lines to downhill rock gardens; doesn’t matter what you want, Gap Creek has a trail for you. They are located on the backside of Mt Coot-tha, and are easily accessible from pretty much everywhere. The well sign-posted, non-threatening trail centre is perfect for those just getting into the sport. Those looking for something more challenging should make their way over the other side of the trails and check out the black diamonds.
Gap Creek Reserve has a wide variety of trails, situated just 20 minutes from the CBD. It has a mix of green, blue and black trails, so there’s something to suit every level of rider.
Castle hill, positioned just outside Ipswich, is perfect for the more adventurous riders. Designed around a single fire trail climb, these trails are not for the faint-hearted. Sketchy, loose and rocky, Castle hill was originally built by riders in the area, but it has since received some council funding and is getting a much needed make-over. It is a mixture of blue and black trails, so if you’re looking for somewhere to improve your skills, or you just want a place to practice hucking, Castle Hill is the place for you.
Check out this awesome edit of Castle Hill, shot by RoostVille, a group of young gun local riders!
Samford has the best shuttling spot in Brisbane. The main trail here, The Kombi Express, is an awesome flowing trail with tonnes of berms, jumps and logs. Situated perfectly between two roads, if you’ve got a mate with a ute or a bike rack, you can have all the fun of mountain biking, but without the climbing! The Samford trail centre has a mix of green, blue and black trails.
The main trail here, The Kombi Express, is a popular spot for shuttling bikes via vehicle to avoid climbing.
Daisy Hill is conveniently located just five minutes off the Pacific Motorway, and is an XC rider’s dream. With any number of possible loops, Daisy Hill is perfect for those either looking to knock off some miles, or for those who aren’t quite feeling ready yet to take on anything steeper. Don’t think you can’t have fun here though – set in a beautiful conservation park, there’s flow and features for days. Daisy Hill is a mix of green, blue and black runs.
Just north of Logan, Daisy hill is perfect for those in south Brisbane.
Truth be told, Mt Joyce isn’t really in Brisbane, in fact, it’s about an hour trek south west, out past Beaudesert, but it’s definitely worth the trip. Built around a savage 400 vertical meter climb, Mt Joyce is the best true downhill trails in the Brisbane area. With more runs than you can poke a stick at, the only thing that’s going to limit you is your fitness. Mt Joyce hasn’t really been designed with ease of access in mind, as there’s a 2km ride from the carpark to the riding trails, so be sure to bring plenty of water and definitely pack lunch. Mt Joyce has a mix of green, blue and black trails.
Set right beside the picturesque Wyaralong Dam, Mt Joyce is worth the trip out.
Bunyaville Conservation Park
If you’re looking for something more substantial than Ironbark in north Brisbane, then you can’t go past Bunya. With over 25 different trails, Bunya is another XC rider’s dream. Fun, flowing downhills with short, sharp climbs. With any number of interesting loops, you can spend as little or as much time out at Bunya as you like. Bunya has a mix of green, blue and black trails.
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