At a Glance
XC / Trail
Green (Easy) Blue (More difficult)
Duckholes is often ridden together with Centre Track for an 11.5km anti-clockwise round trip or each as an out-and-back. If you don’t mind some road work either can be a good way to travel some distance towards Church Point or Akuna Bay respectively before you have to hit the tarmac. Beware, there are Roadies in them there hills!
After a short run down a steep bitumen driveway you will come to the gate at the trailhead. From there you will descend a little further before you begin a relatively mild, but lumpy climb for about 1.5kms. At this point you are about 2kms into the ride and it descends gradually for another 1.5kms.
Around the 3.5km mark things get quite exciting. Have a look at Google or your preferred trail map and pay special attention to the terrain. There are some very steep sections and the sketchy surface and dodgy water bars don’t help your wrists or your nerves. Ultimately, it’s an absolute hoot for more experienced riders, especially if you have the right bike. After a bit over 1km, or at around the 5km mark, you will exit the trail at another gate.
Exit onto McCarrs Creek Road turn right and ride a few hundred metres then turn left and head up West Head Road for about 1.5kms. Turn left onto Liberator General San Martin Drive and ride another 350 metres or so to get to the next trailhead, which is Centre Track. Your efforts will eventually be rewarded with a national park gate on your left and an insane looking climb to start the next trail that will bring you home.
Hint for users of a popular cycling app: The segment called Duck Holes doesn’t seem to end at the exit gate. Move 50 metres or so along West Head Road if you plan on stopping for a rest or some refreshments otherwise you might find your segment took longer than you remembered.
The trail surface is wide as you would expect on a fire trail and has some loose sandy patches and some hard-packed dirt, but is mostly eroded sandstone that is endemic to the area. Obstacles include flat rock patches, loose fist to head-sized rocks across the trail, areas of large marble-like gravel, a few potholes, rugged sandstone sections and it generally requires you to pay attention.
This is hardly the place for a newbie or those with a lack of confidence and the fun flows best with some fitness, but it can be a good place to learn. No big obstacles, but good bike control and clear thinking helps a lot with the lumpy climbs and sketchy descents. Suitable for a wide range of riders.
You can ride Duckholes on anything worthy of being called a mountain bike, but to enjoy it and do so safely you will want good brakes, a reliable bike and maybe some rear suspension to make it a bit easier on your body. Well tuned short travel front and/or rear is fine as quality, rather than just quantity, is what you’ll want. Sturdy and grippy rubber is highly recommended.
Finding the Trail HeadFlow Nation
- XC / Trail
Green (Easy) Blue (More difficult)
You can either park in Terrey Hills near the bottom of Booralie Road (there are shops and some off street parking) and ride to the trailhead or you can drive closer to the trailhead if you don’t mind leaving your car in a less populated area.
The entry to the trailhead is at 307 McCarrs Creek Road and is actually the driveway down to a number of houses. Ultimately you will come to the local rural fire station and the gate is easy to spot, but doesn’t look so inviting at first glance. There is a well worn path around the gate at which point just jump on and pedal.