Maydena Bike Park – It’s OPEN, Get To It!

Maydena Bike Park’s opening weekend went off; we were there with bells on, we rode the trails, tested out the whole operation (including the bike patrol and medics). We rode their bikes, drank their beer, swam in the river, and got a proper feel for what this place is all about.
Oh, Tasmania, you’re spoiling us, it’s all just too good!


Watch our full road trip video below!


What, where, how?

In a nutshell, Maydena Bike Park is a brand new privately run gravity mountain bike park with some massive amount of elevation for trail builders Dirt Art to carve out a vast network from scratch. Think Australia’s own version of Queenstown or Whistler with uplift services running all-year long.

It’s one hour drive from Hobart in Tasmania, and it is now open with all systems go. It’s more than just trails though, Maydena Bike Park is a pretty sweet place to hang out!

SO MUCH VERT, 820m of it!

We’ve been harping on about this place for a while now so that we won’t repeat ourselves on the known facts, all the details are right here – Tell me all about Maydena!


Flow loves a road trip, so, how was the road trip?

Getting to Maydena has all the right ingredients of a cracking road trip, for the mainlanders a flight to Hobart or taking the car on the ferry to Tasmania is a fabulous travel experience and a great escape from the major cities. Travelling about or to Tasmania is terrific, its natural beauty, fascinating and well-preserved history, and healthy tourism industry make it worthwhile over an overseas trip any day.

Those who’ve travelled around the Apple Isle would know how much fun can be had, it’s a kooky place with its free-and-easy flavour, it’s another world.

Beautiful Hobart, there’s so much to do in this city, we love wandering the old town of Battery Point, the historical port area and the majestic Mount Wellington.

For residents of Tasmania, and especially lucky locals of Hobart, Maydena is a worthy day-trip or weekender to fill your boots with loads of time descending great trails. We expect a fast new generation of gravity racers to come out of this place; it’s going to foster talent into big names, for sure.

Jumping in the car from Hobart the drive to Maydena is a beautiful one, while it’s around 1-1.25 hour journey, we’d suggest slowing it down a little, take in the surrounds. Check out the old town of Hobart, swim in the River Derwent on the way, explore the historical sights like Australia’s first asylum – Willow Court – in the historical and unique town of New Norfolk. The drive takes you through some seriously epic scenery too, past rows of hop farms that smell like the best beer ever, and along picture-perfect rivers begging for a swim.

En-route to Gordon Dam.
Eye-boggling sights of the South West Tassie region.

For the ultimate South-West-Tassie experience, take an afternoon and drive past Maydena to Gordon’s Dam which holds back Lake Gordon which at full capacity is the largest lake in the country, the spectacle of the dam and the incredible story behind its history and application makes it one of the most iconic developments in the country.

Just 15 minutes short of Maydena is one of Tasmania’s most popular day-trip tourist spot – Russell Falls – a postcard-perfect waterfall in the National Park with many walks and sights amongst classic Tasmanian Wilderness.

A 20-minute drive from the bike park is sights like these – Russell Falls.

See, there’s plenty to do!


Anything happening in the town of Maydena?

Hmmm, well, yes, sort of. Maydena is a tiny town that time forgot, a stop for fuel and a sandwich on the way into the deep south-west, en-route to Strathgordon and Gordon Dam. There’s a pub up the road at National Park which looks pretty authentic when we passed by, and there’s a small milk bar that provides an essential service and a service station that makes a good lunch, breaky and coffee too.

The road to Maydena is a pretty one.
A dip in the River Derwent is hard to pass up.

But don’t get caught out with no dinner plans, it’s pretty quiet around town when the riding is done, for now.


A bike park with a restaurant and bar next to a pumptrack…?

Part of the Bike Park’s appeal is that not only will the town benefit from hoards of hungry mountain bikers coming from all over the place, with no doubt more food and accommodation sprouting up, but they have also launched a new cafe and bar at the bottom that is set to expand.

So, right now you can roll out from the trails, rack your bike and take just five paces to the bar to order pizza, burgers, rolls, beer, cider, drinks and coffee.

Pizza in the bike park!
The re-purposed school is a perfect place for a bike park, the undercover beer garden and bike rack area was cranking with good vibes all day long.

Take a seat in the beer garden, watch the pump track and fuel the stoke for more runs. Pretty bloody sweet!

Yeooo, pump track!

The repurposed school now hosts the Maydena Bike Park HQ.

Bike hire, test ride a Canyon, bike school, complete workshop and retail store, the whole lot.

It’s the complete package of this place that impresses us, like the way you can go to Thredbo with no gear and hire everything you need Maydena also has you covered. There are currently ten Canyon Senders, and ten Canyon Strives in the hire fleet. A full complement of Canyon Torques and Spectrals are on their way soon, too. We rode a Strive on the first day and scored a lucky first ride on the Torque (oh, yes, it’s perfect for Maydena).

Maydena has partnered with Canyon for their hire fleet, this in itself is appealing to a potential Canyon customer as they are sold only online, a demo or test ride is not as simple as regular retail brands. Maydena will provide that opportunity to hire one to test out properly.

Canyons for hire, the best place to actually try one out on legit trails!

The workshop is manned by a fulltime mechanic operating like a proper bike shop with spares and loads of trick stock from the likes of Deity, Maxxis, FOX, Dharco, SRAM, Rockshox, 100%, FIST, Krush and much more.


What’s at the summit?

It’s pretty hard to tear your eyes away from the view of the summit and get riding; it’s a massive view that lies below you, stretching as far as the eye can see. The Eagle Eyrie building is a striking structure and currently hosts a cafe and plans are to lift the capabilities of the building to host sunset functions, as well as more food and drink options for everyone, not just mountain bikers.

Sunset summit beers with trail builder and absolute shredder, Brad Segda.
A meal with one of the best views in Tasmania?
Breathtaking stuff, this view won’t ever grow old.

What did we think of the trails?

Yes, it’s nice to drive there, there are pizza and beer, but that’s not what you’re there for, how are the trails!??

We’re not going to beat around the bush; we were pretty blown away by the trails, everyone was. Partly due to the amount of trail that was finished and ready to ride for the open day, the flow and feel of them, the variety on offer, and the fact we can’t remember going to a destination in Australia and having our asses handed to us like we did that day, Maydena is legit!

Spot the human. This is the final jump on Maydena Hits, the big jump line that scared the daylights out of us but was amazing to watch riders soaring overhead.
Shelly Flood going large.
Trail builder – Jai Motherwell – brings his wild riding skills to the build crew.

Mark our words, this is a gravity park, and the trails are fast, steep and very long. While there are plenty of blue-grade trails they err on the darker side of blue, it’s the daunting gradients and how you need to manage your speed well to avoid exploding on a simple piece of track that turns a trail with simple features into something more tricky. The jumps are epic, from small-ish to enormous they are the biggest jumps we’ve seen in this country! The jumps are safe though, well designed and never a nasty surprise as you rip down the descents, visibility is excellent and it makes you push your comfort zone. Spend some time here, and you’ll come away a better rider and jumping bigger than before, guaranteed.

There’s a real mixture too, one run you could take in insanely fast bike-park style runs with superbly constructed berms that catch you and send you hurtling into the next one if you’re committed and hundreds of jumps. Then on another lap down, you could be sinking your tyres into a lush and loamy wonderland on one of the natural hand-built trails that dart and weave through the dense and ever-changing bush.

You think you’ve seen steep trails…? We walked away from this one, it was practically vertical!

Diving into ‘Zen Garden’ one of our favourites, a natural hand-built run with some seriously lush loam and natural technical sections.
Connor Fearon in deep.

We could have ridden on that dirt for weeks; it’s so nice to shred hand-built trails that are designed to drift and roost soil everywhere.

Because the whole project is privately run, there are billions of benefits over a public facility most notable is that trail builders are freed of any ‘sanitising’ influences – steeper, wilder trails, with more challenging lines than you’ll find on public lands are in abundance in Maydena.


How many runs can you do in one day?

Bike park laps, yesssss!

The uplift is around 20 minutes long with a new more direct route up the mountain and in the new turbo diesel bus fleet (unfortunately red tape got in the way of us experiencing the turbo vans this weekend) will provide a rapid and comfortable uplift.

On average five runs (totalling about 5km of vertical descent) in one day would be comfortable, it takes a long time to get down! Though if you are mad keen and quick seven-eight runs (a whopping 6.5km of vert earnt) in one day is also achievable.


How many runs to do them all?

There are currently 34 trails open, totalling a mighty 32km, it would take you 14 runs to do each track right now. The challenge is set!


Shred hard in safe hands.

As Tasmania doesn’t have significant ski resorts like NSW or VIC, the safety program is second to none, and they have had to write their own state code practically. The fees to uplift and use the park go toward a full-time bike patrol medical team. They have already put in the time to work on a comprehensive safety and extraction system that covers the whole park.

Trust us on this one, we personally tested this out, though an unfortunate accident, we were indeed in safe hands.


What bike to bring?

We started on a Canyon Strive, their burly enduro race bike with 160mm travel forks and found it to be quite ample. The park is varied, but a long-travel (150mm and up) bike is highly recommended. Make sure you have plenty of meat on your tyres and have brakes that bite and are not prone to fading on longer descents, if there was a place to test out brakes, Maydena would be on our list.

After the Strive we stepped it up a notch to the new Canyon Torque, their recently released 180mm travel ‘park bike’ which gave us a lot more confidence to let the speeds trickle up and commit harder to the turns and let it hang out on the natural tech lines.

Team builder and phenomenal rider, Baxter Maiwald on the new Canyon Torque.

Even a downhill bike would be great there, we’d just recommend that whatever you bring, make sure you can control it on long and steep descents!


The bike park is big, the riding level is advanced, so what is next?

We expect a lot of experienced riders to rock up to Maydena and find the trails a bit daunting, but that was the plan from the outset, Maydena is its own place, setting it apart from other hot spots in Tassie like Derby. Right now the park will appeal to the more experienced riders, but the next six months will see the place exploding with variety as they embark on construction and continue to introduce more trails to maintain interest. We won’t get bored!

  • A climbing trail is under construction which will take riders up to Midline Trail, (not to the top, that’d be too brutal to climb) where you’ll have 13 trails to choose from to descend back down.
  • ‘Flow’ and ‘technical’ intermediate level tracks are in the works, designed to provide a stepping stone for riders, an introduction to more blue grade trails.
  • An intermediate jump line will be under construction soon, a contouring track with multiple table top jumps, like B-line or Crank it Up in Whistler.
  • Green/beginner 15km Flow Trail, early summer season 2018/19.
  • A 25km wilderness trail, like Blue Tier Derby with twice the vertical. Contouring, short climbs, a proper wilderness adventure. Taking you to beautiful rivers and viewpoints. Completion early 2019.

Oh, and there are events!

Yep, alternating fortnightly there will be a Fat Friday social, for $20 the crew will provide an evening uplift with a beer after, with a new track to be raced selected before the day.

And alternating each Sunday, a Turn Earner event, $5 with a beer a 10km trail ride/race up the climbing trail and down again, a social affair, and sounds pretty good fun to us.


Maydena Gravity Fest!

But the big news is this coming April 2018 is the inaugural Maydena Gravity Fest! 

  • Ultimate Flow Challenge

Race to find your flow down 820m vertical of incredible flow trails! We’ve pieced together the ultimate combination of trails to find Maydena’s Queen and King of flow!

  • Air DH

Australia’s first ever full-scale Air DH Event! This event will test riders ability to rail corners, scrub jumps and maintain momentum through the absolute best selection of the park’s jumps trails.

  • Tech Assault

Rocks, roots, loam and hand-built trail goodness, the Tech Assault is a top-to-bottom race through some of the park’s most technical trails.

  • Pump Track Challenge

Race a series of laps around the park’s mega pump track, or simply spectate from our trackside beer garden!

  • Dual Slalom

Dual slalom is back! And we’re not sure why it ever left. Side by side racing down our ‘old school’ dual slalom course, with a mix of flat turns and built features.

  • Whip off (invite only)

A collection of jump legends sessioning our whip off jump for the battle of who can get most sideways!


See, it’s big!

Visit the Maydena Bike Park site or their Facebook page for more.

Or want to see really good riders riding Maydena? Click here.


Photos supplied by Flow, Jasper da Seymour and Ryan Finlay/Maydena Bike Park.

Maydena Bike Park Update: Maximum Sickness Coming Soon

The Maydena Bike Park crew have been working like dirty trail building dogs, pumping out a huge amount of trail ahead of the 26 January opening date. As you can see, it looks ridiculously good. Moving to Tassie, anyone?


Don’t know what the Maydena Bike Park is all about?

Check out our site visit vid from earlier in 2017 here, or read more here. 

Check out the first trails teaser here:

Or visit the Maydena Bike Park website here.


So what will be open come January 26? 

A lot! The first stage of the 20+ trail gravity network is just about complete, with the finishing touches underway in readiness for open day. This includes the first stage of jump trails, offering a wide range of jump options for beginner through to pro-line trails.

There’s been a lot of talk about the hand built nature of many of the trails, and come opening day eight or more hand built trails will be ready to roll, providing a more natural, technical trail experience.

Team, this place is going to be sick. Can you believe just how insanely good Tasmania has become for mountain biking in just a few years? It’s mind blowing.

In addition to all out gravity trails, there are two contouring link trails that will be completed for open day. These  allow the network to be ridden in a ‘trail riding’ fashion, taking longer to get down the hill, for those who may be a little overwhelmed by the massive 820m vertical offered in the park.

The multiple building fit outs are nearly complete too, which will house the park’s two cafe and beer garden. Plus a massive pump track will be in place, fully asphalted, of course.

Team, this place is going to be sick. Can you believe just how insanely good Tasmania has become for mountain biking in just a few years? It’s mind blowing.

 

Video: First Tracks Down Maydena’s Loam Labyrinth

Nothing gets us quite as excited as a fresh, loamy trail. Multiply that trail 15 times and point them all down an 820m mountain, and we’re almost lost for words. So, we’ll just shut up and let you watch.


Maydena Bike Park’s construction team, Dirt Art, currently has 15 staff and seven excavators working on site constructing the first stage of trails, with more than 15 gravity trails set to open on the 26th of January 2018.

Construction teams have been working through challenging spring conditions but have still managed to construct an incredible network of trails. 12 gravity trails have now been completed, ranging from smooth, beginner flow trails through to double black diamond technical trails.

A huge 20-tonne excavator has just arrived on site, with works now underway on the park’s massive ‘jump zone’, which will see the construction of beginner, intermediate and advanced jump trails. These jump trails will offer opportunities for riders of all abilities to safely progress their jumping skills.

This video is the first of a regular monthly video release, which will showcase completed trails and other progress at the park. Next months video will include a range of footage from in and around the park’s summit and base building, showing the full extent of facilities in this major bike park development.

The park operates on a pre-booking model, with sell-outs likely at peak times. For more information or to make a booking, head to www.maydenabikepark.com

Maydena Bike Park – Uplift Bookings Open

Maydena Bike Park is a gravity-focused mountain bike park that will eventually offer over 120km of gravity trails, across 820m vertical elevation. The park is located a 1-hour drive from Hobart, in the stunning Tasmanian wilderness. The park is set to open to the public January 26th 2018.

With construction now well underway, bookings for uplift, bike school and bike hire are set to go live at 6pm September 20th. Bike park members have had one week of priority access to the booking system, and during this period have already started filling up key dates. Daily uplift spaces are strictly limited, with pre-booking the only way to guarantee access to the parks complete gravity trail network.

Bookings are available through the Park’s website www.maydenabikepark.com

Maydena Collective Membership Program

Why so excited?

We visited Maydena earlier in the year and what really struck us, was the size of that hill! 820 vertical metres from the town centre to the summit bar and cafe makes Maydena the tallest bike park in Australia. We won’t be riding to the top, either. A year round shuttle service delivers riders to the summit, where they’ll have 30+km of gravity fed trails to choose from on opening day, with another 90km planned over the coming years.

Imagine the airtime on an 820vm descent! That’s twice the elevation of Mt Mystic in Bright.

The bike park is being designed and built by Dirt Art, a company founded in Tasmania, who carry a lot of credibility when it comes to gravity oriented trails. The Hero Trail in Bright’s Mystic Mountain Bike Park quickly got our adrenaline pumping and Thredbo’s All Mountain Track showed us how a fun, flowing descent can just keep going and going. Keep in mind Maydena will be 200m taller than Thredbo, so we can’t wait to experience the variety of trails that Dirt Art create on such a canvas.

Maydena Bike Park is offering a limited number of lifetime memberships to their ‘Collective’. Astute riders who appreciate the epicness of Maydena have the opportunity to secure deals and special offers covering everything from a merch pack to uplift discounts and a VIP shuttle queue. Collective members can feel good too because their investment will help fund even better trails come opening day, which is scheduled for January 26th 2018.

A quaint little town, with something exciting brewing in those hills!

If you live in Tasmania or can see yourself heading there on a regular basis, we think the Maydena Collective memberships are well worth checking out. Find more details in the official press release below, including how you could be in the running for the ‘Golden Ticket’.


Maydena Collective Membership Program Launch

The Maydena Bike Park is a large-scale, year-round gravity-based bike park, located in stunning wilderness in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley, a 1:15 hour drive from Hobart. The park is being developed by renowned trail building company, Dirt Art. The park will provide a year-round uplift service, accessing an eventual 120+km of gravity-based trails.

Simon French, the man behind Dirt Art and some of Australia’s best gravity trails, proudly showed us his biggest project yet.

Maydena Bike Park is pleased to announce the impending release of the park’s highly- anticipated membership program, the Maydena Collective. The Collective program replaces a traditional season pass system with a unique lifetime membership program, which offers a large range of discounts and special offers. Collective memberships are available only in limited numbers, and once sold out the offer will not be repeated. Available at both a Premium and Standard price point, priced at $449.00 and $249.00 respectively, memberships provide a lifetime of discounts for the member with no ongoing membership costs. A full overview of membership inclusions, additional details and terms and conditions are available at www.maydenabikepark.com.

Fuel up for your descent at Maydena Bike Park’s summit building featuring a bar and cafe

All members who sign up before July 31st 2017 will go in the draw to have their membership upgraded to a ‘Golden Ticket.’ The Golden Ticket provides unlimited free uplift access for life, without the need to book. The Golden Ticket winner will also win an exclusive VIP ride day with Sam Hill.

Memberships sales are set to go live at 6pm on July 6th, via www.maydenabikepark.com.

Maydena Bike Park, Tasmania – Site Visit and FAQs


So where is Maydena? 

You’ll find the town of Maydena about an hour west of Hobart. It’s a bloody beautiful drive too – passing through hops fields, hedge rows, following the pretty Derwent and Tyenna Rivers. It’s within day-trip distance from Hobart, but there’s already a bunch of accommodation options in town, and more to come, so staying on site and enjoying the vibe of this beautiful area is possible too.

Looking south-west from the summit of Maydena, into the wilderness. Just a few peaks piercing through the inversion on a beautiful Autumn morning.

Maydena is on the cusp on Tasmania’s impenetrable Southwest National Park – a quarter of the state that is as wild as it gets, accessible by only foot, boat or helicopter- and from the summit of the park, you’ve got views deep into the wilderness, not a sign of habitation, just dense forest folded into rolling valleys, stabbed through by occasionally craggy peaks. In short, it’s a magical part of the world.  It’s also just down the road from Mt Field National Park, one of Tassie’s most visited sites, home of the Russel Falls, and the Styx Valley which has some of the tallest trees in the state.

Russell Falls is just ten minutes down the road from Maydena, and is one of the most stunning waterfalls in Tassie.
The summit building will feature a cafe and bar, so you can relax or refuel up top before your next run.

What sets Maydena apart from existing developments? 

The elevation is one thing. The park has over 820m of vertical drop from the summit to Maydena way below. That’s about 200m more than Thredbo, and twice the elevation of Mt Mystic in Bright, to put things in perspective! According to Dirt Art, the average descent length from summit to base will be over 10km. That is MASSIVE.

The summit at sunrise is a stunning spot.

Maydena Bike Park is also a privately run park, just like Thredbo or other lift/shuttle accessed trails, you’ll pay to ride. Obviously one of the virtues of being a privately run operation, not a public facility, is that trail builders are freed of any ‘sanitising’ influences – steeper, wilder trails, with more challenging lines than you’ll find on public lands are definitely on the cards.

Mist clings to the hillsides above Maydena on a classic Tassie autumn morn.

There won’t be any climbing to the top here either – this will be a gravity park through and through. You’ll be shuttled to the top, with buses departing from the centre of town and taking you right to the summit building, where there’ll be a bar and cafe, so you can chill out soaking in the incredible views on the deck before dropping in.

Simon French points out some of the key trail corridors. You can just see Maydena way, way below.

So is this a downhill park? 

There’ll definitely be some more full-on downhill style trails and sections in Maydena Bike Park, but the bulk of the riding will be targeted at the Enduro style rider, on a 150-180mm travel bike.

In addition to the more gravity-focused trails, Dirt Art will also building a longer back-country epic descent, that will head out into some beautiful sub-alpine terrain. The intention is that this trail alone will be around 16km long.

An Aussie version of Whistler? 

There’s certainly that potential. Dirt Art are taking a very wholistic approach to this project, pulling in all their experience not just in trail building, but also in seeing how bike parks and successful mountain bike destinations operate all over the world.

This means in addition to the shuttles and trail building/maintenance, Dirt Art will be running bike hire and accommodation, as well as setting up a brewery and a cafe/restaurant that will use locally grown hops and other produce.

Simon French of Dirt Art. This project really represents the culmination of many years of trail building and mountain bike tourism experience.

So how much trail will there be? 

Dirt Art are planning to launch the park with close to 50km of descending trail, with plans to double this within a couple of years. They’ll be launching with a mix of trail styles too, from machine-built jump trails (in a similar style to the Hero Trail in Bright) through to hand-cut singletrack tech lines.

When is Maydena Bike Park opening?

The final opening date is yet to be confirmed, but early 2018 is the aim. In the coming months Maydena Bike Park will be releasing more information about bookings, pricing and the like. Visit the Maydena Bike Park site, or their Facebook page for more.

As an aside, it’s incredible to see what a positive impact this development is already having on the local economy. Trail building hasn’t even commenced here yet, but locals are reaping the benefits already with property prices doubling in the past few months. Read more about it here. 

Maydena Bike Park Plans Released

The Maydena Bike Park will be a full time, year-round gravity bike park, located in stunning wilderness in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley, a 1:15 hour drive from Hobart.

We didn’t think it could get any more attractive to get down to Tasmania for a riding trip, but we’re happy to be proved wrong by this announcement!

With Tasmania already having a bevy of top quality riding locations, we're starting to get pretty jealous of the Apple Islanders!
With Tasmania already having a bevy of top quality riding locations, we’re starting to get pretty jealous of the Apple Islanders!

The Maydena Bike Park is being developed by renowned trail building company, Dirt Art. The Park utilises the currently disused ‘Eagles Eyrie’ building, a multi-million dollar visitor centre located over 800 vertical metres above the township of Maydena.

The disused 'Eagles Eyrie' building will be repurposed by the Maydena Bike Park.
The disused ‘Eagles Eyrie’ building will be repurposed by the Maydena Bike Park.

A network of over 60km of gravity-focused (all mountain/enduro and downhill) trails will connect the summit with the park’s base building in the town centre, offering over 800m of vertical descending across a range of trails for all abilities.

The proposed trail map for Maydena Bike Park, exciting stuff!
The proposed trail map for Maydena Bike Park, exciting stuff!

Recent work from Dirt Art includes the insanely good Hero Trail at Bright in Victoria, and the plan for Maydena is to have each of their trail teams from all around the country make at least one trail each.

It doesn't get much better than the Hero trail at Bright, seriously.
It doesn’t get much better than the Hero trail at Bright, seriously.

As each Dirt Art Team Leader and their team has a unique style of trail building, the variety of riding on offer is sure to offer something for every type of rider.

There'll be jumps and berms at Maydena, but there'll also be tech lines and natural trails- sounds good to us!
There’ll be jumps and berms at Maydena, but there’ll also be technical lines and more natural trails- sounds good to us!

The bike park base building will include; café, bar and beer garden, bike hire, bike shop, skills clinics and tours and retail area.

The old Maydena primary school will be re-adapted to include numerous facilities to complement the Bike Park.
The old Maydena primary school will be re-adapted to include numerous facilities to complement the Bike Park.

Construction is due to start mid 2017, ready for an opening in early 2018.

More project information include concept plans can be found at www.maydenabikepark.com.au or via social media; Facebook- Maydena Bike Park and Instagram- @maydenabikepark

Maydena Bike Park Gets the Green Light From the Tasmanian Government

The Maydena Bike Park is an ambitious project led by internationally-renowned trail company Dirt Art (www.dirtart.com.au) to re-purpose an abandoned $6.5m tourism development into a large-scale commercial mountain bike park and adventure centre.  

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On Friday the proposal received a green light from the Tasmanian Government, passing stage two of approvals and moving into a lease phase for the site.  The development will offer over 100km of purpose-built trails, focusing on the gravity all-mountain and downhill markets with over 60km of shuttle accessed trails proposed, beginning at the stunning Eagles Eyrie building some 820m vertical above the base visitor centre.  

Catering for everyone from absolute beginners through to world-level elite riders, the year round trail network will offer stunning views and an incredible variety of natural technical and machine-built flow/jump trails.  

The proposal includes a large retail and food and beverage centre at both the base building and summit, which will include; bar, restaurant, bike hire, tours, skills coaching and a large events centre.  Building on the gravity network, a free-use cross country trail network of 40+km is proposed to be developed around the township of Maydena.  Pending final approvals the facility is slated for an opening in Summer 2016/2017.  

‘This is one of the most unique and exciting projects we have been involved with, it’s an opportunity to present our absolute best trail design and construction in a stunning wilderness setting, with the largest elevation drop of any purpose-built mountain bike trail in the southern hemisphere.  

Our company are strong advocates of the gravity (all mountain and downhill) mountain bike scene, and this is our chance to truly showcase this style of riding’, Simon French (Managing Director- Dirt Art)