(15km South-West of Townsville)
Trails & Tracks*:
Facilities & Services:
Local Bicycle Shops:
Off ‘n’ On Bikes
37 Ross River Road, Townsville
Shop I7 Domain Central, 103 Duckworth Street, Garbutt
Top Brand Cycles
200 Charters Towers Rd, Hermit Park
The Douglas Mountain Bike Park is a network of trails aimed at XC riders, but due to their rocky, technical nature, they are also popular with fans of longer travel bikes. There are eleven individual trails at the present time, ranging from smooth, wide bench, machine built learner trails to rocky, super technical climbing trails.
Most trails are only a few kilometres in length, but they can be joined together to form big loops. All the trails are located on the hill, and afford riders amazing views over the city (if they are game to look!). Experienced riders will enjoy all of the trails, especially Redtail Black, Wedgetail, and the recently completed Spiderbait loop, with the latter boasting amazing flow with big berms and banked corners, courtesy of Adrian and his excavator.
From the outset, all the trails lead uphill, challenging riders' skills with technical rock gardens, climbing switchbacks and step sections, and even a few "heritage" bridges for good luck. The climb to the aptly named "Top Summit" will have the huff 'n' puff meter in the red and beyond.
Once the hard work has been done and you point your bike back down, buckle up and hang on! The trip down through the trail network will have you grinning like a madman, madwoman, or even a madchild long after you have cracked your first cold one at the nearby tavern (lemon squash for the kids of course).
Learners should restrict themselves to Scrub Pythons, Beefwood, and the new, yet to be named, machine built trail next to Redtail Black. Although designed as a learner's trail, it has turned out to be extremely popular with all riders, once again due to a big smooth bench and incredible flow, thanks again to some Adrian magic.
Source: Enduro Magazine
28 February 2012