One of the most unique elements of Tasmania’s adventure landscape is Maydena Bike Park, a world-class gravity-focused mountain bike park that is taking the biking world by storm. With 30 km of individual hand- and machine-cut trails (and 65 km more in development) and up to 820m of vertical drops, Maydena Bike Park is a slice of heaven for mountain bike enthusiasts. But this state-of-the-art park is not just for the experienced mountain biker: beginners are encouraged to come and try out this adrenaline-filled sport for themselves on some of the gentler trails, or relax with some hiking and a Flat White at the 1100m summit cafe. Just an hour from Hobart, Maydena Bike Park will transport you out of the city and back to nature, with a side of heart-stopping adrenaline or idyllic peacefulness. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Richard Bennett.
Designed and built by renowned trail company, Dirt Art, Maydena is the mecca for mountain bike aficionados. The park boasts hundreds of kilometres of gravity-focused, marked and grated trails complete with jumps, berms, switchbacks, and 820 m of vertical descent, the biggest vertical drop of all bike trails in Australia. The trails are a mix of hand-cut and machine-cut, which means some are smoother rides than others to allow for a wide range of ability. The trails also range from weaving between giant eucalypt trees to more open drop and jump zones, where experienced bikers can test out their trick skills.
Aside from your camera to capture the view from the 1100 m summit, you’ll want to make sure you’re fully equipped for the challenges of these trails with a downhill bike, full face helmet and pads, all of which are available by hire, sale, and repair at the on-site bike shop.
Since the park is so expansive, the best way to get the most out of the experience is to ride the Maydena Uplift, the park’s continuous shuttle bus service that brings riders directly to the summit to hit the trails or settle into the cafe to enjoy sweeping views of the park below. Riders and non-riders alike can also take a break in Eagle Eyrie, Maydena’s visitor centre at the summit, where they’ll learn more about the history of the surrounding valley. Single ride passes and day passes are available for adults, with child and multi-day prices and season passes available as well.
If you’re looking for just a taste of what Maydena has to offer, you may opt to explore the climbing trail that leads to the top of the lower area of the trails. From there, you can bike or hike down a variety of trails that offer a vertical drop of 200 m. This area can be assessed with a $10 AUD day pass.
Here for a few days? Don’t miss the asphalted pump track at the base area: this is a great place to practice your skills, free of charge.
As a former British colony, Australia places a lot of cultural importance on tea, and one nearby tea room reportedly serves up the best cream tea in all of Tas. The region also has multiple wineries to choose from, including one with a museum about wine and the production of wine in the area, as well as a local cider house, distillery and museum all in one. Opportunities abound to learn all about the local eats and drinks, keeping your experience connected to the natural offerings of the area.The majority of accommodation options in the Maydena area come in the form of homes for rent, most of which are in a similar price range. It’s also possible to find cabins, cottages, and other forms of self-contained accommodation. There is also a nearby Caravan Park and camping site at Mount Field National Park, and if you prefer a hotel, there’s a small hotel offering wood fires and home-cooked meals every day of the week.