Words by Flow | Images by Flow

In only a few months, this has become one of the most hyped-up, talked-about and photographed trails in Australia. Rightly so, The Blue Tier is worth every piece of fuss.

We’re referring to the freshly built 20km singletrack descent through the lushest, greenest, mossiest Tasmanian Wilderness you’ll ever see. Though it’s not only the beauty of the place that will get your blood pumping, it’s that incredible feeling when you lose yourself in the fuzzy flow zone as you duck and weave through a trail that’s been built with utmost care and love.

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Walk to the top of the lookout above the trailhead to give you a perspective of how much forest surrounds you. From Binalong Bay to Mt Cameron, the views are mega.


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Starting way up high on the Blue Tier plateau, 600m above sea level on a magnificent sub-alpine clearing where the thriving mining town Poimena once stood, you’ll see a tall timber archway signalling a dramatic beginning of a pretty exceptional experience.

Through the archway and off you go.

Through the archway and off you go into the forest.

Plenty to be excited about right here.

Plenty to be excited about right here.

Where, what, how?

The Blue Tier is a 20km predominantly descending trail about half an hours drive out of Derby towards the coast. It’s graded as an intermediate (blue grade) trails, suitable for a reasonably competent mountain biker. But for those with a penchant to ride hard, hit gaps and carry loads of speed there is a myriad of alternate lines to try, some were way over our heads, we’ll save that for next time.

The trail stays out in the open for a little while, weaving along the plateau past remnants of old mining heritage.

The trail stays out in the open for a little while in the incredibly unique sub-alpine terrain up high, weaving along the plateau past remnants of old mining heritage.

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Across crystal clear streams, lined with greenery.

The moment you burst into the dense forest, is the moment you'll most likely lose your mind.

The moment you burst into the dense forest is the moment you’ll most likely lose your mind, we did.

Enormous myrtle beech trees are like their own mini ecosystems with so much plant life growing on them.

Enormous myrtle beech trees are like mini-ecosystems with so much plant life growing on them.

The higher sections are the greenest.

The higher sections are the greenest.

The thick canopy locks together above you to lock in the moisture of the forest.

The thick canopy locks together above you to lock in the moisture of the forest.

Spot the riders.

Spot the riders.

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It’s a fast and flowing trail; it feels great to ride.

Jumping through the green room, Rhys and Ryan boosting one of the optional lines off the side of the main line.

Jumping through the green room, Rhys and Ryan boosting one of the optional lines off the side of the main line.

Warp speed.

Warp speed.

Across this incredibly lush and fresh creek crossing, park your bikes and sit to soak in the surrounds.

Across this incredibly lush and fresh creek crossing, park your bikes and sit to soak in the surrounds.

Like some forest dream, the waters are so clear and the vegetation is vibrant and dense.

Like some forest dream, the waters are so clear, and the vegetation is vibrant and dense.

Under the covers of green.

Under the covers of green.

Spot the Rue.

Spot the Rue.

The Big Chook bit.

The trail within the trail, Big Chook makes up the second half of the Blue Tier Descent with a slightly different flavour. It’s more fast paced and can be ridden a lot harder with huge berms and swooping rollers to keep up the stoke.

So, it’s a shuttle to the top followed by finishing with a hard earned break at the pub, you’re kidding me, right?

It’s best to shuttle up to the top (or ride up if you’re completely insane) with a Derby tour operator – we recommend the legends at Vertigo MTB – and finish the Blue Tier/Big Chook descent with a hard-earned break at the Weldborough Pub under the pleasant shady outdoor beer garden. The coffee is great, craft beer a-plenty and the steak sandwich will satisfy a mighty hunger.

Up the other side to Atlas.

If you’re travelling to Derby to ride, the Blue Tier and Atlas double are an absolute must, the trails closer to town are amazing, but nothing matches the feeling of shuttling up so high, descending for so long and then shuttling up again to descend back to Derby town. It’s the ultimate day out, one you’ll always remember.

Atlas is an entirely different beast, it’s longer, rougher and a whole lot rockier. Built by the similar crew from World Trail, it has worn in and matured into a super-engaging trail with oodles of line choices, and also plenty of potential to eject you off your bike if you’re not careful.

See more on the Atlas trail here – Flow Mountain Bike, Blue Derby, Atlas Trail.

Getting the feet wet with pristine Tassie water.

Getting the feet wet with pristine Tassie water.

Through the massive man ferns on the Big Chook section.

Through the huge man ferns on the Big Chook section.

A brew and a break at the Weldborough Pub.

A brew and a break at the Weldborough Pub.

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Shuttles from Welborough Pub heading up the other side to Atlas, the wilder and faster of the descents.

Shuttles from Welborough Pub heading up the other side to Atlas, the wilder and faster of the descents.

For all the information you’ll need; maps, accommodation, shuttle bookings and upcoming events head to – www.ridebluederby.com.au

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