It’s a great time to be a mountain biker in Australia with amazing networks all over the country and plenty more to come. Tasmania needs no introduction as our little island state already packs plenty of punch with Maydena, Derby and Wild Mersey as must do, standalone MTB destinations in their own right, but there is even more great news to come… Imagine an iconic MTB trail starting at the same trailhead as one of Blue Derby’s most iconic trails, the Blue Tier, but instead of heading west to the Weldborough pub, you head east to the internationally acclaimed Bay of Fires. If ending an epic 44km ride on the white sands of Swimcart beach isn’t getting you excited, perhaps the addition of another 66km of stacked loop trails just south of the coastal town St Helens might! That’s right, the region will soon boast a whopping 235km of amazingly varied trails and terrain from high up in the mountains finishing literally right on the beach! From sky to sea. Add to that the idyllic coastal town of St Helens and you now have the perfect base to ride, relax, explore and stay.
Okay, so where exactly is St Helens? The town sits on the stunning Georges Bay on Tasmania’s sunny east coast surrounded by mountains, rivers and beaches. Living by the sea with Derby in your backyard, a scenic 66km or 1 hour drive inland it’s already a great place to call home. St Helens is also the largest town on the east coast. In classic Tassie terms that’s a vibrant, relaxed coastal community of around 2000 people.
What does that mean for you my fellow riders and your families? Well, St Helens is already a bustling tourist town in summer. Accommodation ranges from awesome free coastal camping, 2 caravan parks one with purpose built MTB accommodation, hotels, motels, Bay of Fires Eco retreat and a huge range of quality Air B&B’s.
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