Riding the Mountain: Stage 1

Mountain bikers

The City of Hobart has completed work on four new mountain bike trails on the lower slopes of kunanyi/Mt Wellington as part of plans to create an improved, more connected recreational track network.

Together, the four trails form a keystone in the City of Hobart's Riding the Mountain plan, which aims to improve the riding network in kunanyi/Mount Wellington's foothills and better serve local and tourism needs.

10 km of new trails have been built since 2019, funded by a partnership between three levels of government – including a $238 000 Australian Government grant through Recovery for Regional Tourism program; the Tasmanian Government's Cycle Tourism Grant program to the tune of $367 500, matched dollar for dollar by the City of Hobart.

About the new trails

Two of the new climbing trails are shared use – enabling walkers and trail runners to share in an easier ascent up part of the mountain. Two of the trails heading downhill are mountain bike only, separating use where required to make the network safer and better for all.

The four trails recently opened create 7km of new trail experiences on the mountain.

Rocky Wheel'n (2.7km)

An easy climb from the Wellington Park entry near Bracken Lane to the North-South Track near The Springs. Graded as an easy mountain bike and walking track, Rocky Wheel'n is dual direction for walkers and runners, but uphill only for mountain bikers. A gentle gradient makes climbing the track achievable by people of most ages and fitness levels.

Free Wheel'n (2.3km)

A fun descent suitable for most riders. Graded as easy, Free Wheel'n is a flow riding experience with minimal levels of risk. It is mountain bike only and is a great ride for people looking to improve their skills.

Crosscut (1.5km)

This moderately difficult climbing track gives riders access to the new Upper Luge track and is shared use, dual direction for walkers and runners, uphill only for mountain bike riders.

Upper Luge (650m)

A popular single direction mountain bike only track graded moderately difficult which can be enjoyed on repeat by using the Crosscut track to climb back up.

Assessment reports

The design of each track underwent comprehensive on-ground environmental, heritage and Aboriginal value assessments to ensure minimum impacts. The detailed studies undertaken to inform the project and support the planning application are available below:

Benefits of this project

The City of Hobart's Riding the Mountain plan responds to limited local riding opportunities, the growing popularity of mountain biking and puts Hobart in a position to make a strong contribution to Tasmania's mountain biking reputation.

  • The new recreational mountain biking trails benefit a wide range of users including locals, tourists and local small businesses.
  • Investing in better mountain bike trails will deliver economic benefits in the community and there will be a clear trickle-down effect among local tourism operators as Hobart boosts it mountain biking credentials to help support tourism across Tasmania.

The project is part of broader City of Hobart plans that will see almost $1.5 million spent this financial year on track and trail works, providing work for Tasmanian trail builders.

The new trails are part of the City of Hobart's Riding the Mountain blueprint for improved mountain bike riding in the mountain's foothills.

Stage one of the Riding the Mountain plan has delivered a better tourism experience – a recreational network that enables visitors to explore the mountain's natural beauty and is accessible to a wide range of riders, walkers and runners.