MOUN­TAINS OF AD­VEN­TURE IN HO­BART

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Welling­ton Park is an au-nat­u­rale theme park of 18,000 hectares on the verge of Ho­bart. Ex­traor­di­nar­ily it is one of the largest re­served ar­eas

The park in­cludes Mount Welling­ton (1270 me­tres) and the sum­mit is only some 20km from the Ho­bart CBD. The moun­tain is the city’s sen­tinel and it’s close enough to Ho­bart to be con­sid­ered an in­trigu­ing hous­ing es­tate is fas­ci­nat­ing enough. But there is a lot more to do than

Moun­tain bik­ing

Greg Clarke

Chal­leng­ing moun­tain bike tracks have been carved from Mt oth­ers more tech­ni­cal and fea­ture rocky ter­rain and drops. Pick up a map from a lo­cal bike store so you know where you’ll be head­ing. The most fa­mous are Big Bend, and the North South Track.

Big Bend as its name sug­gests, is big. It starts near the moun­tains Glenorchy Moun­tain Bike Park, a free pub­lic ac­cess park that hosts na­tional and state DH and XC cham­pi­onships. Big Bend is rocky at the once a year ‘Su­per D’, Tas­ma­nia’s very own mass-start down­hill race. The top com­peti­tors com­plete the track in 16 min­utes, where as a reg­u­lar shut­tle trip would take an av­er­age rider about an hour or so from top to bot­tom.

The North-South Track on Mt Welling­ton opened on in May 2008 with many ‘hoots’ heard from the bush. The qual­ity of the con­struc­tion, and not to men­tion the trail’s fea­tures and views make this an iconic ride. Leg­endary track de­signer Glen Jacobs, who has de­signed com­pet­i­tive recre­ational trails in 19 coun­tries, de­scribed the North South Track as an amaz­ing piece of hand-built en­gi­neer­ing of un­equalled work­man­ship. He is con­vinced the North-South Track will prove to be an enor­mous draw­card for moun­tain bik­ers world­wide. The track now runs from the Springs via Shoo­bridge Bend to Junc­tion Cabin and fea­tures a rock scree.

com­plete later this year, the track will run 10km from the Springs (700m above sea level) to the Glenorchy Moun­tain Bike Park (160m above sea level).

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion:

Mount Welling­ton De­cent op­er­ates a sum­mit-to-sea level bik­ing tour, mostly on sealed roads. Ho­bart Bike Ad­ven­tures run a sim­i­lar tour, but can cater for more ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers and ven­ture onto tracks such as the North South Track and also hire bikes.

Op­er­at­ing out of Launce­s­ton in the states north, Ver­tigo MTB Aus­tralia cater for more ex­pe­ri­ence rid­ers and run mul­ti­day bike tours, in north and west. Cov­eted tracks are the Blue Tier and Mon­tezuma Falls, Bike Tas­ma­nia’s most pop­u­lar tour is the Ben Lomond De­cent.

The bian­nual Pure Tas­ma­nia Wild­side MTB pits rid­ers on 200km of the state’s best and tough­est trails over 4 days, start­ing in Cra­dle why this fea­tures on Ver­tigo MTB’s itin­er­ar­ies.

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