Where The Green Meets The Gold, All-Year Riding On The Gold Coast | Part 2 Boomerang Farm

Nestled at the foot of Springbrook National Park is the Boomerang Farm Bike Park. Behind a golf course of the same name, Boomers offers a riding experience that’s a rarity in Australia.

With a dozen purpose-built gravity trails, shuttles running four days a week and a full-time trail crew constantly reworking berms, adding elements to techy chutes, and manicuring jumps, it’s a bit like a mini-Maydena or Thredbo, that’s open year round.

In our exploration of the riding here on the Gold Coast, we traded our half shell helmets for a full face, and packed into the back of a Troopy to see what Boomers is all about.

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Boomerang Farm has a full-time trail crew who have shaped big wave features like these corners on Sidewinder.
From open scrub to the deep dark jungle, for a relatively small park Boomers covers a massive variety of terrain.

The Remy effect

In a similar fashion to Nerang, Boomerang Farm hit the world stage when Red Bull gave Remy Moreton $7k to build his dream line in 7 days. This, along with the photos of big wooden features, gigantic jumps and folks on double crown bikes flying through the air; Boomers has a reputation as a free ride park for advanced riders only — this could not be further from the truth.

Yes, the park does have true double black features, and a jump line they won’t let riders hit until they’ve proven themselves — this isn’t gatekeeping, it’s ensuring that folks don’t die on a 60ft gap. But there are just as many blue and green descents that are approachable for new and less confident riders, all built with progression in mind.

We don’t know if the Big Line at Boomers are the biggest jumps in Queensland, but they wouldn’t be too far off.
Freeride is the backbone of Boomerang Farm, and there are tonnes of features that will send you flying over roads, shuttles and other trails. But jumps aren’t the only thing they have here.

With 150m of elevation to play with, Boomers clocks in at a similar drop to George Town in Northeast Tassie, with each descent averaging 1.5km in length. This may sound short, but you’ll be well out of breath by the time you get to the bottom, and the shuttle turnarounds are lightning fast.

There is also a meticulously shaped dirt jump area with three lines that get progressively bigger, and a dirt pump track.

They keep the trail crew busy at Boomerang Farm, and you can tell. There is not a brake bump in sight or a rutted berm.
Despite being a gravity park, there are a few pedally bits.

Saddle up, the troop is headed up the hill

Once you’ve signed in at the Boomers base area, the shuttles leave from just below the office. Squeeze into the back of the Troopy and head up the hill. It’s a bumpy, windy ride up to the top; you’re likely to see riders zipping past on both sides of the shuttle road, and even over the top as there is more than one trail with a road gap.

With high-consequence features on the more challenging trails at Boomerang Farm, it’s a destination you’ll want to ease your way into. On the green and blue trails, there are b-lines around everything, but as you work into the black and double blacks, you’re committed to the jumps, gaps and drops.

Road gaps are such a normal thing at Boomerang Farm that few people even blink when riders are flying overhead as they make their way up.

From the top, you’re met with five options, a green, two blues and two blacks. As you work your way down, many of the trails like Super Stag, Rodney’s and Ricccos will stem off another trail. Everything is well signposted with the name and difficulty, so you know what you’re getting into, and everything filters back to the shuttle dropoff at the bottom, so there is no need to worry about getting lost.

The aptly named Green Machine is a good place to start at Boomers to get a feel for the park and the blood pumping into those braking fingers.

The blue rated Enduropeadia and Medicare both start at the same place and head for the southern edge of the park, while Sidewinder heads straight up the guts.

Boomers DNA resides in the air, with just about every trail offering ample opportunity to put some air under your tyres, but there is still plenty of rocky, rooty, high speed problem solving on offer with DH 3, Ricco’s and Rocky’s Run.

The ever stylish Tobi scrubbing some speed.

Mark sends one of the many wooden features at Boomers. Everything is designed with safety and progression in mind so riders can build the skills and confidence to hit the bigger stuff.

Not everything is jumps, and there are some good ol’ fashioned cannonball runs.

Mark carries speed through a wide flat corner at the bottom of Sidewinder.

There is a lot of flow, but nobody can accuse Boomers of being light on tech. The chute on DH3 is a tangled mess of rocks, roots and wheel traps.

With the full gas descending on offer, the scenery can get a bit lost in a lush green blur as you barrel past, letting gravity do its thing. But you’re on the doorstep of Springbrook National Park, which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. There are 3000-year-old trees in Springbrook National Park, and some of the last remaining sections of antarctic beech just up the range. Of course, the bike park itself is not in the national park, but there are some lovely sections of rainforest here.

Get your jump on

For a small park, Boomerang Farm has some HUGE jumps. From the 60-footer at the end of the Big Line to the meticulously sculpted hips on Funked Out, and even the big wooden features found throughout the park.

Some of these feature a high consequence, but the park has been designed to help riders build up their skills in the air. So starting with the rollers on Green Machine that can be expanded into doubles, to the wooden bomb drop on Sidewinder, the Toilet bowl drop on Mini-Mega and Rodney’s Road Gap, everything is built to take the guesswork out of making the landing — so no mid-transition sprints or heavy braking is needed during the in the run.

Mad man Jack getting inverted over the last jump in the Big Line. We hear he runs about 50PSI in his tyres, hitting features like this.
Everything at the park is built around progression. While we were at Boomers, Sacha (pictured) and Bailey Mills, and Tobi Thompson all hit the Big Line road gap and the 50-footer for the first time.
First, Tobi took a tow in from Jack and made it look easy. Then Bailey and Sacha joined the train.
Bailey and Sacha, on their maiden voyage over the 50-footer.

In addition to the jump trails, and the big jump line that is centre stage in the park, Boomers also has a separate set of dirt jumps and a clay pump track. Out near where Super Stag crosses Enduropedia, the Boomers Dirt Jumps are accessed via the main shuttle road, it’s literally the only offshoot, you can’t miss it.

As you roll out that direction, it’s a bit like an oasis in the jungle. There’s a little shack where you hang out and a perfectly sculpted playground that lay in front of you.

The BMX dudes were out building, but took a break from the tools to show us how to properly use the features.
Same as the rest of the park, everything here is built to help riders safely progress their skills.
We don’t know if we’ve ever seen dirt jumps this perfect. So much work goes into keeping these clay sculptures running smooth.
While Boomers is built around helping riders to up their skills, it also has the feature to push more advanced riders too.

Volunteer run operation

Boomerang Farm is a private park, but it’s actually run by the Outlook Riders Alliance, the local downhill and freeride club. With that, it’s not free to ride here, and there is a fee for park entry and shuttles — if you want to self-shuttle or have an e-MTB you just pay park entry. Outlook is a not-for-profit, and all the money goes back into the park to fund man hours, materials and machines.

Just Ride Nerang also has a small satellite shop here with spares like brake pads and rotors, a mechanic and rental bikes too.

The park is open Friday to Monday from 8:30am to 2:30pm, with additional days over school holidays and Christmas/New Years. With the shuttle road being steep, and the geology of dirt, it gets pretty slippery after a bit of rain and the park does close down when it gets too wet. The latest park statues and updates are posted in the Boomerang Farm Facebook group at 7:30am each day.

Remember Just Ride from our Nerang feature? Well they have a satellite shop at Boomers and plenty of spares to get you rolling. They also have a fleet of rental bikes if you’re keen to try something bigger.
We love it when a plan works out. To get enough speed for the gargantuan jumps at the bottom, The Big Line goes over the top of a few trails.
Railing through the rainforest, the lower you get in the park, the greener and more fern incrusted your surroundings get.

This is the second instalment in our exploration of the Gold Coast. Be sure to check out our adventures at Nerang, Glossy Black Reserve, and the Old Tambo DH

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