Mountain Biking & Cycling Trails
The Townsville North Queensland environment and climate supports a vast array of outdoor interests and sporting pursuits. One particular sport that has experienced significant growth in recent years across the region is biking, specifically road and mountain bike pursuits.
In direct response to this demand, Townsville City Council has established “The Townsville Mountain Bike Strategy 2021-2031”. The strategy outlines the key areas for growth of mountain biking in the region and allows Council, State Government and community organisations to prioritise investment and funding based on community-recognised issues. While the plan defines a pathway for investment and the development of future infrastructure supporting local interest, there a number of existing trails available to accommodate all levels of skill and proficiency.
Douglas Mountain Bike Reserve
What’s better than having hills with picturesque views within 15 minutes of CBD? Being able to ride 30km of single track on those hills 24/7.
Cape Pallarenda & Town Common
Beach, ocean, island views, dense jungle, mangroves and open savannah country all in 10km of single track. Under the Radar trail is your gateway to this very special and awe-inspiring part of Townsville.
Enjoy the very friendly dirt road loop around the Town Common’s Freshwater Lagoon. Be sure to bring your camera to capture wetland bird life.
Mount Stuart Down Hill
Five kilometres of technical Downhill track running either side of a bitumen public road.
Beginner friendly trails along the foreshore of Lake Ross. Trails are normally off-limits to general public (rangers patrol issuing fines) but accessible on weekends and public holidays by Rockwheelers Club Members observing the Special Access conditions.
See the Ross Dam Induction for more information.
Townsville Cycle Club and Townsville Velodrome
Townsville Cycle Club is a cycling club based in North Queensland. The club holds events throughout the year both on road and velodrome. The Club’s mission is to promote and develop the sport of cycling in a safe environment through community awareness and club commitment.
The club’s home base is the recently refurbished state of the art Townsville Velodrome located on Stuart Drive in Idalia, Townsville. Ther $2.3 million refurbishment of the Townsville Velodrome was a joint Commonwealth and State government funded initiative, with significant support also from local businesses and the community.
The club is also the proponent of an acclaimed junior development program that is designed to provide a safe, friendly and educational environment for young people to learn to ride and exercise. The club also coordinates regular road and velodrome race events as well as facilitates training programs and instructional sessions for beginners and enthusiasts.
A further $250,000 from the Queensland Government helped to establish the velodrome as a Union Cycliste Internationale legal velodrome, which involved upgrading the lighting and fencing and installing irrigation. The region now benefits from a state-of-the-art facility that will be used to uncover Olympians of the future on the road to Brisbane 2032, and to host cyclists preparing to travel overseas or those coming to Australia to compete.