The Kiwarrak Mountain Bike Park
Welcome to the what is arguably the largest network of mountain biking trails on the Eastern Seaboard - The Kiwarrak Mountain Bike Park.
What started out 20 years ago as a couple of trails that a small group of friends made to ride on weekends, has grown into nearly 70 kilometres of hand-cut mountain bike specific single trail! The system is often referred to as the 'Tip Trails', owing to their proximity to the local council garbage tip. But that's where their similarity to rubbish ends, because these trails are pure mountain biking gold.
Unlike other trail systems that are based upon only one or two 'loops', the Kiwarrak trails are an interconnected 'web' of trails that intersect each other many times over. This provides riders with the opportunity to 'choose their own adventure' by giving them almost unlimited options of which trails to follow in order to stitch together their ride. Add to this the fact that 95% of the trails are non-directional (you can ride them both ways), and you have a trail network that offers riders an almost infinite number of paths to take.
The park and it's volunteer builders embrace all styles of riding. From fast and flowy cross country (xc) trails, to gravity-fed enduro style trails complete with purpose-built structures such as jumps, bridges, wall-rides, drops and roller coasters.
The local mountain biking fraternity and the Manning-Great Lakes Tip Riders proudly recognise the efforts of all trail builders and maintainers, past and present. We're also completely chuffed to let it be known that the original trail builders who cut those very first trails all those years ago, are still building and maintaining trails today!
MGLTR AND FORESTRY NSW - A NEW ERA
In September 2017, after five years of consultation and coordination, Forestry Corporation NSW awarded the Manning-Great Lakes Tip Riders MTB Club an Occupation Permit for the package of land that comprises the MTB trails in the Kiwarrak State Forest.
Officially named the KIWARRAK MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK (pronounced 'Kye-Worrick'), we are now the official custodians of the trails. We thanks FCNSW for their generosity and look forward to maintaining our awesome trails for years to come!
MARKED TRAILS, MAPS AND RESOURCES
There are currently three complete loops marked in the park. All of these loops leave from the main carpark just off The Buckets Way opposite the tip:
- The Kid's Track (drawing of a kid on a bike, on white corflute)
- 5km loop - A nice easy loop suited to all levels of riders.
- 10km loop - A little more challenging loop than the 5km and would suit anyone who has a small amount of experience riding on MTB trails.
- 15km loop - An excellent loop for the intermediate and above rider who wants to get a little more raucous in their riding. Stitch it together with a lap of the 10km loop and you'll definitely get a good training ride!
- 20km loop - Up for more of a challenge? This is the loop for you! Taking in some of the best trails in the forest. It has multiple technical trail features along it including jumps, drops and rock gardens, so make sure you check out the features before you ride them!!
In the near future more loops will appear; however, in the interim you should download the Trailforks app onto a phone to help you navigate the trails.
Use the map to navigate around nearly all of the trails in the Kiwarrak trail network. For further functionality you can go to www.trailforks.com. We will be adding loops to this archive in the future for your convenience.