Googling ‘Great MTB trails near me’? Wollongong & the Illawarra region is a Mountain Bike Trail Riders paradise. Whether you are starting out and learning mountain bike skills (berm baby, berm!). Or, looking for the ultimate gnarley, steep black-diamond MTB ride, we have the best MTB trail for you. Welcome to What’s on in Wollongong’s insider guide to mountain biking. We’ll show you great escarpment MTB trails, plus our sanctioned safer MTB tracks for kids and novices.

Our Wollongong community of Mountain Bikers is alive and well. It’s a friendly community of healthy adrenaline junkies, who will stop to help you fix that busted tyre. Starting from our green, easier trails, to best MTB rides for after rain (avoiding destroying the bushtrails), we build up to our most challenging trails and jumps – here we go!

Cringilla Hills Park Mountain Bike Park

Cringilla Hills Mountain Bike Park has a range of 12 kilometres of trails for riders. Great for beginners to more advanced. The tracks have a mix of gradients, surfaces and obstacles for fun or to challenge your skills. Great for kids who are learning too, plus the park and playground next door will keep the other family members entertained. Just 10 mins South of Wollongong, this sanctioned dedicated MTB trail is a solid choice offering green, blue and black MTB rides.

Harry Graham Bike Trail

This 2.3km return MTB trail in Harry Graham Park in Figtree, is 5 mins south of Wollongong. It’s choice for time poor MTB riders needing a quick hit. Considered easy to moderate (up to a blue grade) you can develop jump and berm skills on this track. The line of five MTB jumps here is enjoyed by many, plus you’ll enjoy the circles. Image curtesy of Illawarra Mercury 🙂

Greenvalleys MTB Trails

The epic Greenvalleys Mountain Bike Park in Calderwood (20 mins South of Wollongong) is located on private property, so only members can ride at anytime. They do have open days for the public to try, or you can find out about Greenvalleys membership here. They offer shuttle bus service to the top (save your legs for trails) and are considered the ultimate in MTB playgrounds, offering some of the best, most challenging MTB trails here in the Illawarra.

MTB Trails in Wollongong – Brokers Road Lookout

Possums – Tarrawanna MTB Trail

Home of the epic Table Top Jump. Plus many different trails of varying difficulties.  Possums also links up to the lower escarpment trail, so you can head north towards Bulli or Red Sands. Possums is a great ride for when you and your mates want to swing by Tarrawanna’s Reub Goldberg Brewery after!

Red Sands MTB Trails – Thirroul / Austinmer

Red sands/Austi trails are accessed at the end of Philips St, climb up the Fire trail (very long and pretty steep) to the top then enjoy the sending of the 4 main trails. To watch local MTB trail rider Alex descend Red Sands click here

Farmborough MTB Trails

A short medium grade ride, swing by Seeker Brewing in Unanderra after! Their incredible beers, vibe, live music and food truck is the best way to chill after the ride.

Mount Kembla MTB Trails – opening October 2024

This will be a full sanctioned and accessible trail for all skill levels that traverses the majestic Illawarra escarpment. Watch this space!

Wollongong Mountain bike rides after rain – avoid destroying trails!

Start at Wollongong Golf Club, swing down the Blue Mile via Wollongong Lighthouse and follow the ocean path via Puckey’s Estate to Woonona and beyond. Woonona return is 24kms. Pack your swimmers for the ocean pools along the way. Despite being a hardcore MTB rider, you may even find yourself enjoying a latte along the way at one of the many cafes 😉 Olives Cafe at Bellambi SLSC has plenty of space for your bike and has ocean views.

Best MTB shops, groups, MTB servicing and merch in Wollongong

Local Cycle Co are a great Mountain Bike shop in Wollongong. They sell bikes, service and even arrange Sunday morning rides, but you’ll need to be experienced as they hit the hard trail. For MTB merchandise, Huck the World in fairy meadow has all the mountain bike apparel.

Our final words of respect to the owners of land on which we visit, enjoy and ride:

We offer our gratitude and deep respect to the lands, waters and skies of Dharawal Country. We stand in solidarity with its traditional custodians, the Dharawal and Wodi Wodi people, whose sovereignty was never ceded.

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