MOUNTAINS OF ADVENTURE IN HOBART
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
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).
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.