MOUNTAIN BIKING

 

Ride the exhilarating (or meandering) off road cycle trails which surround us

 

For a true ‘ride in ride out’ experience, Wharncliffe Mill offers comfortable accommodation at the gateway to many of Margaret River’s best trails. Ride the thrilling trails and then come back to a hot shower, wash your bike down, and tell tall stories around the campfire.


The Margaret River mountain bike trails (or off road cycle trails) around Wharncliffe Mill, in the surrounding Bramley National Park, and beyond are described by enthusiasts as ‘world class’. There are trails to suit all levels from beginners (for families with children) all the way through to hard core thrill seekers.  Guided tours and hire bikes are available, along with special seats and attachments for towing or carrying children and toddlers. 

 


The Rails to Trails walk/cycle trail is a beautiful relatively flat and compacted dirt trail which runs from the end of our driveway (Carters Rd) to town and beyond.  Head south for an awesome coffee at  Yahava  Koffee  Works or go north to Cowaramup to indulge your sweet tooth with treats such as locally made nougat, chocolate, ice cream, candy and fudge.  This is a picturesque walk or cycle trail which can be enjoyed by beginners or families, or those looking to just enjoy nature at its best.

 

cowaramup

 

For those looking for more of a thrill, the local Margaret River Off Road Cycle Association (MRORCA) are working closely with the Department of Parks and Wildlife to expand the already fantastic mountain bike trails in the area.  With new tracks under construction and some a huge number of well-established tracks, the region is fast becoming a mecca for mountain bikers.

 


WAMBA describe the trails in the area as “with the easy climbs and smooth rollable trails the Pines are suitable for riders of all abilities. For the intermediate to more advanced riders there are plenty of berms to rail and table tops to jump - especially on The End.”


They list the following points of interest:

  • Green Up Trail - An easy, gentle up trail along the western side of the plantation. Starts from just by the "MRORCA Off the Grid" sign
  • Lilly Trail – A fast, flowing start to the trails. Crosses a couple of fire roads before climbing near the end.
  • G Land - Berm central - a helter skelter down hill on some fast and furious berms before climbing once more to lead on to Whoop Whoop...
  • Whoop Whoop - Pedal hard through the first few tight corners and then let the brakes off for a straight, fast descent with three nice kickers. Turn right at the bottom to head for other trails or go straight on over the Redbull gap jump if you dare...
  • The End - A fantastic little descent full of table top jumps (one memorable set of 3 in a row) and steep banked berms. This one will have you pedalling back up again to do it again.
  • Noodle Bowl - Mainly a link trail that takes you from the bottom of Whoop Whoop/The End back to the heart of the trail network EXCEPT for the Noodle Bowl itself - a near 360 degree descent which includes the two biggest berms in the forest - the second of which in particular - will spit you out at warp speed.
  • Brown Falcon - A swooping descent with a couple of small jumps
  • Bear Grylls - A twisting climbing trail that lacks real flow but does lead on to Double Espresso...
  • Double Espresso - Short, fast and lots of fun. Fast bermed corners will leave a huge grin.
  • Dirt Jumps -Use caution when riding through this area. These dirt jumps are changed on almost a daily basis. Some are very large.
  • Pine Tree Trail - An old walk trail that offers an old skool exit to the rail trail
  • Rock and Root - Tends to be a bit overgrown and much more old skool than other trails in the forest
  • Hoodies - A fast, tight descent all the way to the rail trail
  • Cowaramup Rail Trail - The Cowaramup Rail Trail runs from the south side of Margaret River to Cowaramup and used to be part of the longer Busselton - Flinders Bay Rail Trail. The total length is around 18km.  It can be used as a good way to loop back to Carters Rd, the parking lot or town from the end of Whoop Whoop or the Pine Tree Trail.  It is also a great ride itself, crossing many bridges.

Source: http://www.everytrail.com/guide/margaret-river-pines

 

Links for Mountain Bike and Off Road Cycling enthusiasts:

  • You can find maps of the local trails on the WAMBA website http://www.wamba.org.au/maps/MR_Pines_map.jpg  and http://trailswa.com.au/trails/margaret-river-pines  showing the tracks in and around the Wharncliffe Mill area and the surrounding Bramley National Park. 

  • Check out some footage of the local tracks on YouTube by Dirty Detours http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNKEw0Q9qBw
  • See the photos of ‘The Pines’ from the recent Cape to Cape Mountain Bike Challenge at http://flowmountainbike.com/features/cape-to-cape-mtb-video-and-race-wrap/  where the experts refer to the nearby new ‘Big Pine trail’ as “a flow-packed roller coaster ride”.
  • Margaret River Cycles and Repairs are well located in the heart of Margaret River and offer a full range of equipment, repairs and services for cyclists as well as some great advice. You can also hire bikes from them to hit the nearby tracks. Email info@westozbikes.com.
  • Dirt Skills Margaret River (www.dirtskillsmargaretriver.com) are a group of passionate mountain bikers from Margaret River in Western Australia who really enjoy seeing people improve their mountain bike skills. Dirt Skills provides mountain bike skills sessions and trail guiding for individuals and small groups in and around Margaret River. They create a safe, supportive, fun and energetic environment for all levels of mountain bikers from the completely new to the sport of mountain biking up to the advanced trail rippers and ladies only sessions/courses.

 

 

map

 

 

Click here for our self-guided walk and cycle trail map >>

 

Exhilarating thrills abound on the surrounding off road cycle trails
(image courtesy of www.margaretriver.com)

 

A true ride-in ride-out experience
(image courtesy of Tourism WA)

Tracks to suit all levels of skills and experience
(image courtesy of www.margaretriver.com)

 

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to the exhilarating

mountain bike trails

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WALK TRAILS

Reinvigorating walks

on our doorstop

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RAILS TO TRAILS

Popular walk & cycle trail

at the end of our driveway

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CAMPING

camp amidst the Jarrah, Marri and Karri trees

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ALL SEASONS

Huge undercover area

for all seasons