Mountain Bike Trails

John and Helen Donovan operate three bike-friendly accommodation houses in Atherton – Atherton Blue Gum B&B, The Summit B&B and The Summit Rainforest Retreat.  Early on, John and Helen realised the potential of the growing number of cycle tourists, and started actively marketing each venue as bike-friendly through their websites and print advertising.Each property has bike maintenance stands and wash-down areas, as well as lockable storage areas and undercover areas for bikes, riders and other gear.
“It was an easy decision to make, really” says John. “I have a bike and I love riding 3 or 4 times a week to keep fit. Mountain bikers are a great group of like minded people, you can see that they are all mates and you feel a part of it straight away.  By giving them clean-up facilities outside and secure storage for their bikes, we hope that we are creating an environment which is conducive to their sport. Cairns Mountain Bike Club, have just spent a weekend using 2 of the properties for a Ladies weekend, where the ladies have a wide range of experience and were learning about all facets of the sport.”
Frequent guests include the directors and work crews of MTB trail construction companies such as World Trail and Dirt Art, and Blue Gums has been a favourite among domestic and international cycle tour companies and event competitors for nearly 15 years.
Australian Championships and World Cup rounds have been held on the Atherton Forest Tracks. The first Urban Downhill Race featuring World No 3, Tracey Hannah, was held on Saturday 22nd October 2016, through The Summit Rainforest Retreats 2 Ha’s, with great success.
Mountain Biking Bike riding is an exhilarating way to experience the stunning beauty of the Tablelands and there is no doubt this region offers some of the best mountain bike and road cycling adventures.

Atherton Tablelands offers some of the best mountain bike and road cycling adventures in Queensland. Magnificent flowing single track, family trails, epic mountain bike rides and scenic back country road rides that will take your breath away. Atherton Tablelands is fast becoming the ultimate cycling destination in Queensland.

Whether you ride for the fun of it, or push yourself to the limit the Atherton Tablelands has something for everyone. You’ll discover our rolling, paved country roads have little traffic, the mild temperatures and the scenic rides interconnected by quaint villages just waiting to be explored.


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