So, the road or sealed meandering safe bike tracks don’t cut it for you? No worries. Ditch the tar for any of these cool mountain bike and BMX tracks for an adrenaline rush and a bit of air time.
A few things to remember before you head out, especially if you’re going bush.
- Protect yourself from the sun
- Take lots of drinking water
- Notify someone of your route and estimated time
of return (mobile phones won’t work in all areas)
- Don’t litter; take your rubbish with you
- Do not remove or deface natural and cultural features
Keep to the track to minimise impact on the environment
1. Castle Hill BMX Track, Castle Hill
A good track for those starting out or who are looking for more of a challenge. It is open to the public, except when the local Castle Hill BMX Club is racing or practising.
Fred Caterson Reserve, Caterson Drive (off Gilbert Road), Castle Hill
2. Grosvenor Street to Gwydir Avenue Track, North Wahroonga to Turramurra
This track winds along the edge of vast bushland that extends all the way to the Hawkesbury and beyond. Pass through classic Sydney sandstone bushland, ridge-top vegetation, heath, tall open forest and cool creek-side communities. For moderate riders, the 6.5km track is steep, with rough sections and steps. It’ll take about 2.5 hours one way. Here’s the map.
Enter at either Grosvenor Street, North Wahroonga or Gwydir Avenue, Turramurra
3. Hopeville Park BMX Track, Hornsby Heights
While it’s not very big, there are a few jumps (each of no more than a metre high) as well as some sharp corners. A good place to go for a spin if you live locally.
11x Marine Cres, Hornsby Heights
4. Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail, Hornsby
Here is six kilometres of white-knuckle riding through the picturesque Old Mans Valley, minutes’ walk from Hornsby Train Station. The single-track mountain bike trail is a combination of narrow bushland trails and flowing one-metre-wide trails. Check out the map.
Access from Quarry Road, Hornsby
5. Jubes Mountain Bike Park, Wahroonga
Here, you’ll find 800 metres of track that meanders up and down the hillside. Easy, medium and difficult levels encourage riders to use their upper body to ‘pump’ through the course. There are also rock, wood and narrow sections designed to help riders improve off-road cycling.
Golden Jubilee Field, Esk Street, Wahroonga
6. Loftus Loop Trail, Loftus
This trail starts and finishes at the NPWS office. Although you can begin at any location in the loop, the Loftus trail winds around Loftus Oval. Though easy in parts, the 10km trail is bound to get your heart rate up. There are actually a number of linking loops, so you can choose a short ride or a long ride (15mins to 4hrs). Note: National Park entry fees apply. Check out the map and park entry points.
Royal National Park, Loftus
7. Monster BMX Track & Mountain X Course, Homebush
It’s 306 metres long with dirt jumps and bends, and is open to everyone. Designed for both the freestyler and racer, from beginners through to pros, this track is the perfect place to learn and practice your moves.
Off Hill Road, Sydney Olympic Park
8. Penrith BMX Track, Penrith
This track is open to the public, except when the local Penrith BMX club is racing or practising.
Creek Rd, behind Blair Oval, St Marys
9. Red Hill Reserve, Beacon Hill
Red Hill is super-tough and super-technical. Climbing Red Hill has reduced strong MTBers to tears. You’ll need your wits about you, for sure!
Off Lady Penryhn Drive, Beacon Hill
10. Terrey Hills BMX track, Terrey Hills
A hidden gem currently occupied by the Manly Warringah BMX Club, this track is proudly maintained by the club’s volunteers. It will receive funding (a fab $150k) for new a pump track this year, as the Northern Beaches Council endeavours to upgrade sporting facilities and surf living facilities across the northern beaches area.
JJ Melbourne Hills Memorial Reserve, Terrey Hills
11. The Ridge – Off Road Bike Park (Pump Track), Bardon Ridge
A national level competition BMX track, complete with a recreation trail and a dirt jumps area, is currently being built over five hectares. Due for completion in December 2017, it’s sure to be a popular space. Find out more about it, here.
40 Recreation Drive, Barden Ridge
12. Wylde MTB Trail, Dean Park
This trail caters for beginner, intermediate, competent and advanced mountain bike riders. There is a Kids Loop – Small loop for beginners and inexperienced riders; 3km Loop – Single trail, suitable beginners and inexperienced riders; 6km Loop – Single trail for a higher level of skill and fitness; 12km Loop – for those with a higher level of skill and fitness; Jump Run – Two separate take-off mounds and many steps, for practice before hitting the MTB Trail; Pump Track – Track mounds for practice before entering the MTB Trail. Check out the map.
Western Sydney Parklands, Richmond Rd, Dean Park
Sports Camps Australia offers school holiday BMX and Mountain Bike camps. Check them out.
Tell us, where is your favourite place to ride your MTB or BMX? List it in the comments below.