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Mountain biking
  • Last updated:
  • 12 Jan 2023

Discover our new online Adventure Sunshine Coast tool that makes it easier to find inspiration and information on mountain bike rides in the Sunshine Coast.

Quickly filter over 60 mountain bike rides by location, distance, difficulty level, and other criteria to find the ride that's right for you. Create your own profile to keep track of the rides you have done or want to do. Review rides to help others decide. See photos of what you will see on your journey. Plus, discover designated mountain bike trails and parks for your exclusive enjoyment.

Adventure Sunshine Coast has all you need to plan your next mountain bike ride on the Sunshine Coast.

Awesome Sunshine Coast mountain biking for locals and visitors

Wherever you are on the Sunshine Coast there are mountain bike trails close by.

We've got purpose-built trails in specially created mountain bike parks that cater for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. Plus, you can explore a huge variety of forest tracks, fire trails, shared pathways and park lands that span our coastal habitat through to our lush hinterland.

On Adventure Sunshine Coast you can choose from over 60 dynamic mountain bike trails. There are crazy curves for adrenaline junkies and easy loops for all the family. There are eleven trails exclusively dedicated for mountain bikers. Discover half hour to full day options, easy through to difficult trails and lakeside to mountain fire trails.

By doing one of our mountain bike adventures you will gain a fantastic sense of achievement as well as feel truly connected to the Sunshine Coast.

To choose your next mountain bike ride go to Adventure Sunshine Coast or read on for more ideas and inspiration.

Whatever your leaning, there's a mountain bike ride for you

The Sunshine Coast is a part of Australia that has so much to offer those keen for mountain bike adventures.

Ewen Maddock Dam (Landsborough): Ferny Forest Mountain Bike Loop. This is a mostly flat track with plenty of forest and ferns and the occasional fun twisty, turning trail. With no notable hazards or obstacles it's perfect for beginners and a good introduction to mountain biking for kids. Great for a fast lap or a relaxing roll.

Dularcha National Park (Landsborough): tunnel track. Have fun exploring a heritage listed train tunnel in the northern section of this trail. 

Tuchekoi National Park trails: Cooran side. A 7km one way trail from Cooran to Pomona mainly through open dry forest with some hills and fun little bits of single track. Grab a coffee and soda and return.

The Sugar Bag Road trails in Caloundra are suited to all levels of mountain bike rider with 3 easy, 9 intermediate and 5 difficult trails. The trails include a set of tight technical loops with lots of features which as bridges, see-saws, log rollovers, wooden ramps and various jumps. A great training ground and place to develop your skills.

For relaxing lakeside rides you can head to Noosaville. Cross Weyba Creek on a historical wooden bridge and head to Weyba Lake and back. You can also head to Baroon Pocket Dam (Martin Williams walk) or Ewen Maddock Dam (Ford Road figure 8). With the latter, on your way you will ride through tall gum forest to the lakes edge then circle back through denser forest full of banksia and brushbox.

If you want to get the heart racing try: Wooroi MTB trail 8 - snake track in the Tewantin National Park near Tinbeerwah. This track crams lots of adrenaline into a short rough ride. Lake MacDonald Noosa trail 4 has an adrenalin racing steep bush section to old Tewantin Road and Turpentine track. Mapleton National Park has some tricky corners.

Road Rage, Parklands, is a technical track that takes you down a fast steep section, with lots of rocks and rubbly adrenalin. Sugar Bag Road Golden Rough MTB 6, Caloundra West, is described as a twisting turning nugget of gold for technical MTB enthusiasts, with plenty of rollovers and tight corners.

Across the Sunshine Coast region there are more than 20 businesses that have bikes for hire including reliable mountain bikes for trail riding, hybrid, road and other bike types. There are also numerous off-road cycling clubs and mountain bike clubs who welcome riders or all ages, provide learning opportunities and help with trail development.

With over 30 fast flowing single tracks, Tewantin Forest between Tewantin and Cooroy is a firm favourite with mountain bikers at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. There are a multitude of tracks through green forests of gums and palm trees and sometimes a kangaroo. The longest trail is 21km. You can pop in at Tewantin for a coffee before or after your ride.

There are more mountain bike rides to be found in Adventure Sunshine Coast

Adventure Sunshine Coast is a great way to discover the variety of Sunshine Coast mountain biking trails and parks throughout the region. Our online guide lets you find rides by:

  • locations
  • distances and time
  • difficulty levels
  • available facilities

Plus, if your ride is in a park you can easily see how many rides are close by. Each ride description contains helpful information on where to park, starting point, water supplies, what you can do afterwards. Discover the Adventure Sunshine Coast online guide today. It contains the most up to date information on all our rides including new additions. So mount your bike, grab your helmet and water bottle, check our guide and go.

Permits for commercial and group activities

Permits are required for commercial and group mountain bike activities on all tracks listed. To obtain permits please contact the managing authority as identified below:

National parks and conservation parks

Department of Environment and Science
Phone: 13 74 68
Visit the Department of Environment and Science website

Forestry Plantation Queensland

Phone: 07 5438 6637
Visit the Forestry Plantation Queensland website

Ewen Maddock Dam or any other dam

SEQ Water
Phone: 1800 737 928
Visit the SEQ Water website