Some incredibly exciting news has just come our way, via Tasmanian trail builders, Dirt Art. In a development that may well set a new precedent for Australian mountain bike parks, the Tasmanian state government has granted provisional approval for a huge new mountain bike development in Maydena, in Tasmania’s south.
The proposal is based around Eagles Eyre, a currently vacant multi-million dollar visitor centre and restaurant, 600m vertical above the township of Maydena, which lies on the main thoroughfare from Hobart to Tassie’s west coast (which is also about to receive a $1.2 million mountain bike trail development).
The Maydena proposal is no toe-in-the-water kind of approach either – what has been slated dwarfs any Australian mountain bike park to date. Proposed features include:
– 100km of purpose-built mountain bike trails (developed over multiple stages)
– A focus on gravity trails (all mountain and downhill) offering up to 600m of vertical descending
– The showpiece trail will be a 20km descending all mountain trail, through stunning alpine rock scree and dense rainforest
– Stunning myrtle forest environment backing onto the Styx Valley, home to some of the worlds largest trees
– Commercial shuttle service accessing the summit of the site
– Free-for-use access to the proposed cross country trail network, with paid shuttle access to gravity trails
– Restaurant, cafe, bar and bike shop retail
– Tours, skills coaching, bike and equipment hire
– Proposed future stages include a range of adventure activities, such as; zip lines, four wheel drive tours, eco tours and bush walking.
“This preliminary approval will allow us to begin developing a detailed proposal, which will face further assessment in due course,” says Simon French of Dirt Art. “There’s a lot of work to go yet, but this will be huge for mountain biking in Australia.
“We are understandably pretty excited about this proposal getting the nod – the site is a blank canvas where we can showcase our absolute best trail concepts without the typical limitations of publicly funded developments. And 600m vertical, accessed via a shuttle road, with a multi-million dollar visitor centre at the summit- how good is that!?”