The Sustainable Mountain Biking Strategy of NSW

August 14, 2015
The Sustainable Mountain Biking Strategy of NSW

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of NSW are the caretakers of some of the most beautiful land in Australia. They are responsible for the preservation of the area but also committed to providing experiences to the community so that everyone can appreciate these remarkable places.

To that end, the NPWS developed the Sustainable Mountain Biking Strategy, with one of the goals to create a quality and sustainable mountain bike track in a northern Sydney Reserve.

The Bantry Bay site in Garigal National Park was selected after careful consideration of the area's Aboriginal heritage, flora and fauna surveys and assessments, appropriateness of the location, provision of a quality experience for cyclists, visitor safety and the availability of resources to provide and maintain the experience.

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Work commenced on two locations in 2014, the Serrata and Gahnia Tracks, with both opening in 2015. The NPWS kept in contact with the local mountain biking community along the way to not only discuss the development of the area but also to discuss how the park’s ecosystem could be protected and assured of long term sustainability.

“These tracks provide riders the opportunity to go mountain biking through our beautiful bushland in a safe environment right on the doorstep of northern Sydney,” said Local NPWS Area Manager Lee de Gail.

Since then thousands of riders have used the tracks providing a great place to ride that is safe for the rider and environment alike.

If you are interested in riding the tracks, here is a brief run-down;

Serrata Mountain Bike Track

  • IMBA rated: More difficult (blue)

  • Length: 1.5 km

  • Direction: One way

  • Recommended: Experienced mountain bike riders with good skills.

Gahnia Mountain Bike Track

  • IMBA rated: More difficult (blue)

  • Length: 2.15 km

  • Direction: One way

  • Recommended: Experienced mountain bike riders with good skills.

Serratta and Gahnia Mountain Bike Tracks


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