Mountain bike riders hungry for the thrill of some new trails are
expected to flock to Bondi State Forest, 20 minutes drive south of
a teacher from Canberra Grammar School, recently rode Bondi State
Forest's most difficult trails - the Genoa River Ride - with six students
from the school's outdoor education 'Venture Group'.
quite a bit of mountain bike riding and think the trail is of an excellent
standard. The word I used quite a few times was sensational,"
saw a lyrebird and that was buzz, as you don't often see them, and
a wombat on the move. By jeez they move fast! What was really special
was a huge flock of black cockatoos," Kevin said.
in a joint venture with Bombala Shire Council, recently developed
85 kilometres of mountain bike trails to capitalise on existing forest
tracks and to meet the demands of a hugely popular sport.
favourite with fly fishermen, horse riders, bush walkers and orienteerers,
Bondi State Forest was the perfect place to develop a network of mountain
bike trails for year-round use.
we could further take advantage of the pine plantations and native
forest on a commercial, recreational and educational level,"
State Forests Monaro regional manager, Bob Germantse, said.
will very quickly see that pine plantations are far from biological
deserts and are, in fact, home to a large variety of native animals
felt that these trails, combined with accommodation at Bondi Forest
Lodge, would make the journey to this off-the-beaten-track location
a great adventure."
Waverney Ford designed a trail system to cover all ages and levels
of experience, so riders can choose from four trails that join together
to form the hardest trail - the Genoa River Ride.
on Bondi Forest Mountain Bike Trails are available from Bombala Shire
Council on ph: (02) 6458 3555 or State Forests' Bombala office at
on ph: (02) 6458 3177. Brochures on each of the individual trails
are available at Bondi Forest Lodge, the only accommodation in Bondi
trail, Wombats Wander, covers 9.6 kilometres and meanders along the
edge of Bog Creek providing ample opportunities to view wildlife.
Loop trail is for intermediate riders and covers 26 kilometres alongside
creek reserves, taking in scenic native bushland and possibly a lyrebird.
Track, also for intermediate riders, covers 9.2 kilometres and features
a long downhill ride of more than 200 vertical metres from the top
of Mount Tennyson. This trail descends through forests of shining
gum with an understorey of tree ferns, creepers and mossy logs.
advanced riders, there is the Genoa River Ride, a testing challenge
that covers 41 kilometres, and links all the trails.
overall aim of the trails is to bring recreation and a renewable commercial
resource together, giving riders a much better understanding of a
working forest and all it has to offer," Bob Germantse said.