Mountain biking is the fastest growing recreational sport in Western Australia. This activity is a huge drawcard to the Margaret River Region. You might see more mountain bikes than surfboards in Margaret River these days!
The Margaret River region offers a variety of quality trails. The majority are fun, flowing single track networks. Most are conveniently located close to town. There are no park passes required so the trails in the region are free to ride all year round!
Locals and visitors love riding our trails in every season. However the most popular months are autumn, winter and spring. This is due to the milder weather conditions. Be prepared for some mud after rain though!
The Creek Trails (AKA South Carters Road)
Here are a lot of older single track networks. You'll find a lot of locals here. These trails are best suited to intermediate or advanced riders. Thrill seekers can ride at a faster pace to increase difficulty. There are some jumps, granite outcrops and steeper cross-country style descents. The creek trails are situated amongst natural forest. This means they are well shaded in the summer months. They can be muddy after significant rain in winter though. The technical aspects to these trails including steep climbs, doubles and log rides. They are not for beginners, the faint hearted or kids.
The Woodjitup Trails (AKA Compartment 10)
These recently created trails are positioned in the Woodjitup National Park. This area is significant to the Wadandi people. The trails cover approximately 10km and seamlessly weave into each other. They are a well signed network of trails so you will always know where you are. There are beginner, intermediate or advanced networks. These trails also feature constructed berms and jumps. Perfect for testing your mountain bike riding capability! The carpark to enter these trails is only 2km from Margaret River town. There is a carpark at the entrance to RAC Margaret River Nature Park or you can easily ride from town. It will take about ten minutes. We can recommend convenient accommodation here.
Bunnitj Biddi Trail
A less busy, good scenic ride for beginners in Margaret River is the Bunnitj Biddi Trail. This was formerly known as 10 mile brook trail. This is an easy 9km ride beginning at Rotary Park. It meanders through the forest close to town and only takes about an hour to complete.
Further afield, you'll find Middle Earth. Middle Earth offers 24km of more endurance cross country style riding. This trail is best for intermediate or advanced riders. It was constructed by a couple of locals and covers as much ground as possible! It can be a bit of a maze in there so go with friends and refer to your map! It is close to the beer farm for a well deserved ale and meal after your ride.
For a more leisurely ride Wadandi track is for you! This trail runs from Witchcliffe to Cowaramup and is relatively flat. It covers approximately 26km of the old train line to Busselton. The picturesque scenery varies from farmland to forest and offers abundant bird life. This popular trail is suitable for beginners and can also be ridden on a hybrid or an e-bike. There are plenty of places to stop for coffee or a snack in Cowaramup, Margaret River or Witchcliffe. We love the Hairy Marron for a coffee and a chat with knowledgeable bikers. This trail is also fantastic for spotting wildflowers.
If you are exploring further south there are some beautiful rides in the Boranup Forest. This area was recently affected by bushfires but will come back better than ever! These trails cover approximately 13km and are located 25km south of Margaret River. These trails are suitable for beginner to intermediate riders. You will meander through the Karri forest enjoying spectacular scenery. These trails are linked by gravel fire roads but do feature dedicated single tracks.
Down South Mountain Bike Festival and Cape to Cape MTB
The popularity of mountain biking in Margaret River has brought events to the region. Down South Mountain Bike Festival is a family friendly event. It is held over two days in June and includes events in Dunsborough and Margaret River. However, the regions most renowned event is the four day Cape to Cape MTB riding event. This endurance ride covers about 210km and takes four days to complete! It is usually held in October and accommodation can be scarce so get in early!
Preparation is key especially in our hot summer months. Eat well prior to your ride or plan stops. Ensure you have sufficient water (we love camelback bike hydration packs). Download an app with maps and GPS like Trailforks. Plan your journey with family or friends. It is also a good idea to familiarize yourself with weather conditions and up to date bushfire advice. Be a respectful rider, leave no trace and enjoy mountain bike riding in the Margaret River Region.
If you are just getting started on your mountain biking journey we can help you! Do you need technical advice or repairs? Would you like some local knowledge on trails? Check our guide over here where we recommend local gurus to help you out.