PTR: Gara­p­ine

Australian Mountain Bike - - Contents - WORDS: MATT NAUTHE IMAGES: TIM BARDSLEY-SMITH

THE LOW DOWN

The Noosa re­gion is fast be­com­ing one of the go-to ar­eas for moun­tain bik­ing in the coun­try with a tem­per­ate win­ter cli­mate and loads of trail op­tions. Tucked away in the Sun­shine Coast Hin­ter­land, Gara­p­ine of­fers some of the best grav­ity fed rid­ing in the re­gion. Less than 2 hours from Bris­bane and 40 min­utes to the beaches this a great op­tion for those who are look­ing for a week­end away on the trails. This is a must if putting to­gether a trip to the Noosa area. The Gara­p­ine trail cen­tre is used as part of the Queens­land En­duro Se­ries so that should give you a fairly good in­di­ca­tion as to the in­tent of these trails. The cen­tre con­sists of 6 runs, 2 blue and 4 red plus a pur­pose built trail back to the top for those who are that way in­clined. Get your eye in the eas­ier blue trails, hit­ting the floaty table­tops and pump­ing through the rollers. Then step it up to the black runs which are steeper and faster. These trails are like a blast from the past, nar­row hand built trails that have per­son­al­ity that can be miss­ing in larger trail parks. The runs all have their own dis­tinct flavour and throw spice into the mix just when you think you have the place sussed out. Some­times its a poppy gap that crops up, other times a pin­ball like rock gar­den or a long off cam­ber root sec­tion. The va­ri­ety makes for a great day on the trails. “Dumb it down” was the def­i­nitely the trail of the day though, the wet con­di­tions cou­pled with the clay base and off cam­ber roots and rocks made for some pretty ex­cit­ing mo­ments. As far as ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els needed to ride here in­ter­me­di­ate level up­wards would get full value of all the trails on of­fer. Even if you don’t hit all the A lines the trails still flow nicely and will in­duce many smiles. Aside from the trails Gara­p­ine dou­bles as an out­door recre­ation camp so fa­cil­i­ties here are awe­some, al­though it does re­strict trail days to the week­end. There is plenty of shade to chill in in-be­tween runs and gen­eral fa­cil­i­ties like wa­ter and toi­lets. If com­ing up on race days there is nor­mally a BBQ crank­ing and cold drinks to ser­vice the masses. With runs end­ing down by the river it would be rude not to en­joy a post run swim.

GET­TING THERE

Gara­p­ine is lo­cated at 24 Moun­tain View Rd, Ky­bong (off Trave­ston Cross­ing Rd). Just 5kms off the Bruce High­way. Full di­rec­tions are avail­able from the web­site. Al­low 2 hours if com­ing up from Bris­bane or 40 min from Noosa.

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