Your Guide to Mountain Biking on the Granite Belt

The Granite Belt is fast becoming a mountain biker’s paradise, with new trails, plenty of town facilities and a growing community dedicated to providing new trails. The mix of granite rock and numerous soil types make the Granite Belt a truly unique destination for mountain biking. And the best bit? The Granite Belt is also home to over 50 wineries and breweries, two national parks and plenty of country experiences, making it the perfect weekend destination and less than three hours from Brisbane.

1. Mount Marlay

Discover the fun of mountain biking on granite at Mt Marlay, where you’ll find trails to match all levels of difficulty, from beginners to experienced riders. Mt Marlay is so close to the beautiful town of Stanthorpe, just 1.5kms from the town’s main street’s shops and cafes.

Since opening in 2018, the trails have been attracting both mountain biking enthusiasts and families giving it a try for the first time on the less challenging trails.

The Granite Belt is famous for its spectacular granite boulders and interesting granite outcrops and its here visitors can experience the thrill of riding on that granite.

There are trails suited to families, teenagers or those pushing their skills a little and also ‘black’ rated tracks which are the most challenging and attract experienced mountain biking enthusiasts.  The trails…

  • Green Granite (green – beginners)
  • The Grape Escape (blue – little more challenging)
  • Hammerhead (black – experienced riders)
  • Tankslapper (black – experienced riders)
  • Plus an additional black trail planned for future development.

For more information visit Trailforks website page that profiles the Stanthorpe trails and also follow The Stanthorpe Mountain Biking Club on Facebook.

2. Passchendaele State Forest and Broadwater State Forest

Mountain Biking at Braodwater

Image by @emma.rhymer.mtb 

Also in the Stanthorpe area there are two popular firetrails to ride at Passchendaele State Forest and Broadwater State Forest, both lovely and shaded trails for mountain biking.

A distinct advantage is that the trails are on sand base, so when other trails around Queensland which are clay based are still unsuitable to ride after rain, Stanthorpe’s trails are ready to ride pretty much straight after a rain event.

People using the trails say: “They are exciting trails, all within a really compact area and that makes it really special.”

“The sensation of riding on the granite is something special.”

For more information visit Trailforks website page that profiles the Stanthorpe trails and also follow The Stanthorpe Mountain Biking Club on Facebook.

3. Fourteen River Crossings of the Condamine River

Mountain Biking on the Condamine River Road

Image by Keith Murray

Mountain bikers should head to the 14 River Crossings of the Condamine, located in Killarney’s Cambanoora Gorge. The road is perfect for bikers, horse riders, hikers and respectful four wheel drivers. Every August, the Waddle, Saddle and Pedal event is held, where walkers, horse riders and cyclists follow in the tracks of the bullock teams and pioneers through the soaring cliffs and 14 River Crossings of the Gorge, enjoying a Billy Tea and Damper along the way before returning home to a Sausage Sizzle and Soup Lunch. The entire trip is 24km.

Please note: after significant rain, the Condamine River Road is closed to all traffic. Please call the Warwick Visitor Information Centre on 07 4661 3122 to check conditions. 

While You’re Here

Make a weekend of it by checking out these other things to do in the area:

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