Blue Derby

Destination overview

Blue Derby is arguably the benchmark to which every other riding destination in Australia is measured. With 125km of singletrack designed and constructed by World Trail, the mountain bike network saved the town, and has since attracted the EWS two (going on three) times, since opening in 2016.

With massive rock features, fauna that looks straight out of the Jurassic Period, and some of the most magical dirt on earth, Blue Derby has trails to suit riders from seasoned gravity pros to families and beginners — and even a few one of a kind oddities like the Derby Tunnel.

Derby on the whole, doesn’t require shuttles, but uplifts open up easy access to some of the network’s best trails.

One trail that does require a shuttle is Atlas. The 10km wilderness descent starts above the network and descends through the lushest rainforest this side of the Amazon, before connecting into Dam Busters.

Putting the Blue in Blue Derby

The Blue part of Blue Derby refers to the trails that start on the Blue Tier and descend into Weldborough. These do require a shuttle from town but are well worth the drive. The wilderness descent turns the saturation up to 11, meandering through an ancient myrtle beech forest, with seemingly every tree covered in vibrant green moss.

Derby events, eats and stays

The Dragon Trail MTB Stage Race kicks off in Derby in March, and in April, mountain bikers from all over descend on the town for Derby Fest, an event that combines local food, beer and wine with, skills clinics, demos and more.

Derby changes every time we visit, with new restaurants, cafes and accommodation popping up all the time. With the new Valley Ponds trail that links Derby proper with Branxholm, there are even more options than ever.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Derby, but most things shut down early-ish — especially on weekdays and non-peak periods.  There is an IGA Express in Branxholm, but consider stopping at the Woolies in Scottsdale for anything more than essentials.

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  • Derby EWS

Region Trail Map

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