THUMBS DOWN: Squadrons of mosquitoes at the parking area ! NP gates make cycle access difficult.
It is a shared trail, so after riding 20, 40, 70km- cyclists returning via the Convict Trail are mandated to walk their bikes 2km DOWN Devine’s Hill. There is no alternative descending bike trail to the ferry, other than the circuitous 11km loop via Shepherd’s Gully, or the extreme Finches Line trail. Route directions as described in the article are recommended.
THUMBS UP: Clean, well-maintained public toilets at the East Bank Park.
Great little canteen next to the ferries that serves the best hot chips in town!
Fascinating indigenous plants and rock-formations along this trail. It is a Garden of Eden.
Excellent community support for the annual Convict 100 MTB Marathon, with its unique canoe bridge over the MacDonald River and friendly local volunteers manning the 44, 68 & 100km marathon routes.
HINTS & TIPS: Do not start your ride after 10am during summer. It gets extremely hot here.
Carry at least 2-3 litres of water, plus food if you think your ride here may be more than 2.5hours (30km)
Do not ride down to Ten Mile Hollow and beyond alone, without tools, pump, a GPS (or an unerring sense of direction). There is no mobile reception, no water and no residences. These are very remote bushland trails and if you get into difficulties you will be at serious risk.
Roads, ferries and trails in this area may be closed due to maintenance, flooding or bushfire activity, so research your trip to cycle from Wisemans Ferry accordingly.