Mt Joyce Mountain Biking Address: Lot 21, Beaudesert-Boonah Road, Bromelton, QLD.
The Mount Joyce Recreation Escape Park Provides Facilities for Mountain Bikers from a beginner to expert levels with tracks that cater for:
- Cross Country
- Gravity Enduro
- 4 Cross
The tracks at Mt Joyce Recreation Escape Park have impressed former Downhill World Champion, Nathan Rennie and are frequently visited by avid mountain bikers across Australia. There is no shuttling available for the Downhill Track to don’t forget your bag with water, tools and a tube repair kit!
Opened in 2011, Mt Joyce Recreation Park sits beside Lake Wyaralong, 85km south west of Brisbane. It was developed by SEQwater when the dam was built, with mountain biking identified as being a perfect activity for the terrain.
Forty kilometres of trail including 25km of pure singletrack were constructed by Pete Wilson and Bill Van Haren. Downhill legend Nathan Rennie worked with them to add some spice to the DH trails. They were built to International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) standards, meaning conservation and sustainability were given priority, and time was also spent with local elders to ensure consideration was given towards indigenous sites of significance.
Hard work at the beginning to do things correctly has resulted in what could arguably be some of the finest singletrack riding in Queensland and means that the trails are here to stay for the long term! Easily accessible by car, the park is situated between the small towns of Boonah and Beaudesert. It takes about an hour and 15 minutes to drive from Brisbane or 45 minutes from the Gold Coast. The park has hosted a number of local and national mountain bike races and is fast establishing itself as a popular destination for mountain bikers of all abilities.
The network of trails cater for all off-road riders from first-timer to skilled and fit enthusiasts. The park regularly sees whole families coming in to enjoying a day’s riding. Trails have been colour coded in a similar manner to ski runs, green being the easiest, blue moderate, black difficult and black diamond for the serious thrill seekers. Trails are well marked for navigation. Beware that some are one-way, so be careful you don’t find yourself heading into oncoming riders.
The Eastern Trail Head car park is at the water’s edge about 2km from the trails. Riders enter the park near the dam wall and pass a purpose built 4X track with skills park before they reach the trails.