Located near Melrose in the north-central region, the 38km Epic Mountain Bike Trail winds through Mount Remarkable National Park and the private land adjacent to the park, traversing the west flank of Mount Remarkable.
Riders enjoy great views of the Black Range as they travel along the western side of the trail, before turning back towards Melrose below the Gibraltar rock formations.
The trail includes a total of 1,500 meters of ascent and 6 km of nearly continuous descent, connecting the new $1.8 million trail to the ground of the nearby Willowee Forest Mountain Bike Trail.
This was first identified in South Flinders Ranges Regional Tourism’s 2008 Cycle Tourism Master Plan.
The Epic Trail was designed by South Australian company TrailScapes, construction specialists who deliver high quality trails with minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
The detailed layout of the trail was designed in close consultation with the Nukunu Wapuma Tura Aboriginal Corporation, which represents the traditional owners of the land, to ensure cultural respect and without disturbing sites of cultural significance.
Joe Podriak, director of tourism and commercial services at the Department of Environment and Water, said the trail was a great example of how national parks can provide unique experiences in the stunning surroundings.
“This new trail complements several other mountain bike trails in parks across the state, including Sturt Valley and Cobbler Creek Recreation Park, and will be a great addition to Melrose and the wider Flinders Ranges.” she said.
“I highly recommend all mountain bikers to take the plunge and test their mettle on this fantastic new course while enjoying nature.”
The Epic Mountain Bike Trail is a key element of the $10 million Remarkable Southern Flinders Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) agreement, which is funded by the South Australian and Australian Governments and supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Foundation. I am receiving it.
Ian Derbyshire, CEO of the National Parks and Wildlife Foundation, said the Epic Mountain Bike Trail was a demonstration of how different interest groups could successfully work together to achieve positive results. He said it was a great example.
“Together, we are protecting native and endangered species for the health of natural ecosystems and positive biodiversity outcomes.”
“This joint effort will ensure a legacy for future generations.”
The agreement includes the construction of 20 kilometers of new trails within Mt Remarkable National Park at Willowee, improvements to the Mumbray Creek campsite and day visitor area, and the construction of a new and improved day visitor area in nearby Willabarra. Also includes facilities.
BBRF’s other partners include York and Mid North Regional Development Australia, Mt Remarkable District Council, Port Pirie Regional Council, Northern Regional Council and Nukunu Wapuma Tula Aboriginal Corporation.