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Six Favourite Mountain Bike Tracks
Oaks Trail, Woodford
For an invigorating ride or walk that will work your muscles and clear your head, try Woodford - Oaks trail in Blue Mountains National Park. The track leads from Woodford to Glenbrook and makes a great day out in the mountains for friends or family looking for heart pumping adventure and fresh mountain air.
3.5 hours each way
Woodford – Oaks trail is in the Glenbrook precinct of Blue Mountains National Park. To get there from Woodford Railway Station:
- The station ramp leads to Railway Parade which you follow (towards Sydney) for 300m. At the junction, turn right into Appian Way for 100m, then left into Parker Street for 80m, then left into Taylor Road. After 50m you’ll see a dirt road on the right with a locked gate.
- There are signs to identify the park and the trail commences here, however you’ll have to lift your bike over the low fence.
Faulconbridge Point Lookout
Faulconbridge Point is another popular ridge top Blue Mountains ride, following the mainly smooth and sandy Grose Road to a spectacular lookout at the Point. This ride is well suited to beginner and intermediate level riders. Although there are hills, most of the track is reasonably level, and the surface is mainly smooth, making for a fairly easy ride.
Distance: 6km (one-way)
Leading west along the Great Western Highway, turn right into Grose Rd at Faulconbridge (the turnoff to the Norman Lindsay Gallery). Veer left at a roundabout, and continue along the road until you hit the dirt. The dirt road reaches a locked gate about 2.5km after the turnoff from the Highway. Faulconbridge Point Lookout can be accessed by foot only and is approximately 6 kilometres along the Grose Road.
Blue Gum Swamp, Winmalee
Consists of Shaw’s Ridge to the East and Springwood Ridge on the West which are separated by a valley with a trail at its bottom which seems to be known as Blue Gum Swamp.
End of White Cross Rd, Winmalee, NSW
Take it anti-clockwise the first time.
Narrow Neck, Katoomba
A challenging ride suitable for novice and experienced cyclists, the track traces the elevated platform of Narrow Neck Peninsula near Katoomba. With breathtaking scenic views, wild flowers and photo opportunities at every turn; keen bush walkers won’t want to miss out either. From the gate, you’ll cycle through open forest, heath and swamplands with superb scenic views all the way. At one point, the cliffs fall away on either side and you’ll feel on top of the world.
2 hours each way
Narrow Neck trail is in the Katoomba precinct of Blue Mountains National Park.
- Locate Cliff Drive near Echo Point and follow westerly to Glen Raphael Drive
- Follow (unsealed) Glen Raphael Drive to locked gate.
Anderson Fire Trail, Wentworth Falls
Anderson's fire trail stretches from Wentworth Falls to Woodford.
An exhilarating cycling route that takes you deep into the central wilderness of Blue Mountains National Park, Anderson’s trail descends into unspoilt bushland and links to Woodford - Oaks trail for an added challenge. With ultra steep sections, this loose gravel trail is an adrenalin fueled adventure bound to challenge even those most experienced at mountain biking.
31 km (one way)
Anderson’s trail is in the Wentworth Falls precinct of Blue Mountains National Park. To get there:
- Take the train to Wentworth Falls, and begin the cycle from there (additional 7km).
- Alternatively, organise a drop off at the trail head.
- From Great Western Highway at Wentworth Falls, turn off at Kings Tableland Road and follow to Queen Victoria Hospital.
- The start of the trail is 7km past the hospital.
McMahon's Point Ride, Wentworth Falls
For unending views across Lake Burragorang and the vast wilderness beyond, grab a bike or enjoy 4WD driving along McMahon’s Point – Wentworth Falls. A spectacular cycling day trip, this track follows an unsealed road from Wentworth Falls south along the cliff-line. Of medium difficulty, with a number of steep climbs, it’s ideally suited to riders looking for a challenge.
McMahon’s Point is in the Wentworth Falls precinct of Blue Mountains National Park. To get there:
- Take the M4 to the Blue Mountains and to Wentworth Falls
- Turn left into King Tableland Rd
- Follow this road to the gravel section at Queen Victoria Hospital
- McMahon’s Point is 20k from the old hospital
For more information on Blue Mountains National Parks visit: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
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