Top Mountain Bike Trails in Sydney
With an outdoor landscape as stunning as Sydney's, it's no wonder Sydneysiders are eager to soak up as much of the outdoors as possible. If you've already ticked off beaches, playgrounds and bushwalking, conquer a new terrain on Sydney's top mountain bike trails.
Whether you're a seasoned pro, biking beginner or looking to get the kids started on their first trail, here are six awesome mountain bike trails in Sydney to check out.
1. Western Sydney Parklands
Length: 3-12 kilometres
Spanning an incredible 5,280 hectares, Western Sydney Parkland's extensive natural bounty includes plenty of mountain bike trails for all levels. Along with the newly opened Wylde Mountain Bike Trail, Sydney's largest urban park delivers biking adventures in droves with several mountain biking trails catered to families with littlies. The 12-kilometre Wyld MTB Track is ideal for families as you can choose to ride the whole track or cut your ride short at the three-, six- or nine-kilometre intervals.
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2. Cascades Trail
Length: 6.5 kilometres
Nestled in the rugged Garigal National Park, the Cascades Trail rewards bikers with incredible scenery of native flora and fauna, waterfalls, natural rock art and rockpools. Access to the medium-grade mountain biking Cascades Trail is via St Ives (Douglas Street) or Davidson (Stone Parade) with the option of adding extra kilometres onto your ride by continuing onto the adjacent Heath and Bare Creek Trails. Make sure you stop off at the Middle Harbour Creek and Frenchs Creek junction for some truly spectacular views or even a picnic stop.
Please note that the Cascades Trail is also frequented by walkers and horse riders, so be courteous and keep left unless overtaking!
3. Manly Dam Mountain Bike Trail
Length: 11-kilometre loop
If you like your mountain bike trails to come with a side of spectacular water views, Manly Dam is certainly not pumping the brakes with its popular 11-kilometre mountain biking trail. The Manly Dam Mountain Bike Trail is regarded as one of the best mountain bike trails in Sydney thanks to the incredible views of Manly Dam and Middle Harbour and the variety of trails on offer. For those keen to challenge themselves, there are Black Diamond Trails that'll really test your skills, while the beginner Green Trails are recommended for families with littlies.
4. Loftus Loop Trail
Length: 10-kilometre loop
While the Royal National Park offers plenty of mountain biking trails, one of its most popular and most frequented is the Loftus Loop Trail. Regarded as one of the tougher mountain bike trails in Sydney, the Loftus Loop Trail weaves from flat wide trails to steep and rocky terrain so be prepared to walk part of the way, especially if riding with the kids in tow. The Loftus Loop Trail starts at the Royal National Park office on Sir Bertram Stevens Drive.
5. Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail
Length: six kilometres
Another popular mountain bike trail in Sydney, the Hornsby trail (also called Old Man's Valley) offers 20 kilometres of trails that traverse gorgeous natural bushland as well as machine-made trails through Old Mans Valley. The gentle gradients of the Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail are perfect for beginners and kids and the expansive views of Berowra Valley Regional Park certainly don't suck.
Parking is available on Quarry Road.
6. Mill Creek
Length: 9.7 kilometres
The Mill Creek Mountain Bike Trail is located in Lucas Heights south of Sydney and is one of the more unique bike trails in Sydney because it's been built entirely by a team of community volunteers. Also known as the Menai MTB Track, Mill Creek is geared more towards intermediate and advanced mountain bikers as the trail offers plenty of rocky jumps and steep terrain. Beginners should take their time on their first visit
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