West Coast mountain bike project

The West Coast Economic Working Group has released more detail on proposed upgrades to mountain bike tracks in the region.    The document is available for download here and submissions can be made before 5:00 pm on Friday, 19 December.



In October 2014, the Tasmanian Government allocated $1.21 million towards the development of a suite of mountain bike trails as part of a package of measures designed to help diversify the west coast economy.

With its legacy of disused tramways and tracks from past mining and forestry activities, Zeehan will be the hub for the project. 

The project aims to showcase the unique landscapes and natural and heritage values of the region, taking riders through majestic rainforest, past spectacular waterfalls, under towering cliffs and across sweeping heathlands.   The experiences should be well suited to riders of all abilities including those in the easy to intermediate range with a number of trails that are flat or of easy gradient.

The west coast mountain bike project is supported by the Trails Tasmania Strategy (2009) and the Tasmanian Mountain Bike Plan (2010).   It is also supported by the Tasmanian Industry Council Tasmania’s recent Reimagining Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage report (September 2014), which recommends an improved mountain bike trail from Cradle Mountain to Strahan.

The west coast experience will complement and support other high profile mountain bike trails such: as the North-South and Meehan Range in Hobart; Blue Tier, Derby, Hollybank, Kate Reed and Trevallyn in the north east; and Penguin on the north west coast. 

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  • Marcelo Cardona
    commented 2014-12-15 12:02:16 +1100
    Economical development driven by mountain bike tourism require allot more than just trails, to attract tourists and their investment. It requires a Ski village approach, with trails for all levels of riders Green, blue, black an double black diamond. and styles, like XC, DH, Enduro, freeride, jump, kids area ( targeting only XC riders will cover only a small proportion of the MTB spectrum), also this trails need to be easily accessible to a well supported town, so riders can easily go back for lunch a snack, repairs or meet with the noon rider part of the group.
    The towns need to cater for activities and entertainment for the holiday companions that do not ride,(pool, luge, mini golf, museum, gallery, shopping, playground, etc.)
    Easy transport ( close to and airport ) and easy to settle without the need of a rental vehicle.
    In general, access to the island of Tasmania is limited and very expensive, even more to remote areas, so it is hard to have economical development of tourist that are not here.
    Mountain bike tourism is a very competitive area with new towns developing trails and bike parks all around the world every year and some have years of experience with a mature product that can cater for a holiday for much less money.
    Even if the project goes ahead, it will be great to see some of this $1.2M to stay in the community with local people working on it and further maintenance and management handled by trained local people .
    I love to have more trails all around Tasmania, but for the right reasons, MTB is not always the silver bullet that will fix the problem,..
    Yes, studies show that MTB is a great economical model, but Zeehan is not Rotorua, Whislter or Chatel.
  • @BicycleTasmania tweeted this page. 2014-12-09 14:09:46 +1100
    Your chance to comment on the West Coast mountain bike project, deadline Friday 19 Dec. Take a look. http://www.biketas.org.au/west_coast_bike_trails_on_the_way?recruiter_id=2
  • Bicycle Network Tasmania posted about West Coast bike trails on the way on Bicycle Network Tasmania's Facebook page 2014-12-09 14:09:18 +1100
    Your chance to comment on the West Coast mountain bike project, deadline Friday 19 Dec. Take a look and have your say.