Mountain biking is one of the most popular and accessible extreme sports in the world - an exhilarating, white knuckle test of physical endurance, skill and balance that comes in a huge number of varieties and can be enjoyed by anyone who's graduated from training wheels. For the hardcore heads, there's a ton of different specialised disciplines you can launch into with the right expertise, including freestyle, dirt jumping, trials and stomach-turning downhill. For the average joe who's not as keen on risking broken bones, owns a modest mountain bike and enjoys the occasional once-a-month weekend ride, there's plenty of fun to be had with more low key cross country (XC) category of riding, involving longer, winding trails often utilising the natural terrain.
Some of the rides in this category are little more than family friendly dirt paths or fire roads that meander over flat ground, but don't be mistaken, the hardest among them will test the skills - and bravery - of even the most experienced riders. Whatever your poison, state-by-state, we've put together a list of the very best mountain biking routes, trail networks and dedicated parks in Australia for you to pedal, hop and wheelie your way through - plus some bonus tips for beginner riders. So pump up your tires, oil your chain and read on!
This website is an absolute goldmine for finding places to ride anywhere in Australia, with community reviews and condition reports.
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