Cycle Sydney, Mountain Bike Ride, Wingello Blue Trail
This easy bike ride would make a great first mountain bike experience for those who have never ventured onto the dirt. It was designed to give absolute beginners a taste of mountain biking and takes in the quiet dirt roads of the Wingello State Forest. Its short distance and gentle hills make it suitable for children and a great day out for the whole family. The ride begins and ends from a large grassy camping area perfect for a picnic or to pitch a tent. If this ride leaves you wanting more the harder Red and Yellow laps start from the same trail head.
Wingello State Forest is a mix of native vegetation and sections of pine plantations. There are three purpose built trails in Wingello, each of which has been colour coded. The Blue Trail which is described here is the easiest of the three and is suitable for novice riders and family groups. It is a relatively flat trail and follows well graded fire roads. The Yellow Trail takes place on fire trails within the forest and involves a longer distance than the Blue Trail and contains some larger hills and faster rocky descents. The Red Trail is roughly 25km in length and has around 10km or so of purpose built single track broken roughly into three sections.
Wingello State Forest includes sections of pine plantation, hardwood forest, with stands of peppermint, manna gum and stringybarks. Other nearby forests in the Southern Highlands area include Penrose and Belanglo and are a mixture of pine plantations and native forests. Radiata pines were first planted in the local area in Belanglo State Forest in 1919 and now there are some 3,500 hectares of pine plantations in the Southern Highlands area.
The Blue lap was designed for those just starting out on the MTB experience and is around 6km in length. It follows a loop out of the camping area to the south where it meanders down well graded logging roads for its entire length. Mostly the trail condition is good however there are some small sections of loose sand and rocks. Wooden trail markers have been placed at every turn which makes navigation simple. These consist of a blue bicycle and arrow on a pine stump and are very easy to spot. Scenery along the way is primarily composed of stands of pine however you will pass some open farmland and native vegetation. Wingello is home to a number of our native animals so keep an eye out on your ride for one of the many local resident kangaroos.
As the Blue lap is open to the elements it is best avoided in periods of extreme heat and the Southern Highlands can get extremely cold in winter, so riders should bring appropriate clothing for all weather conditions.
Mix of fire roads and unsealed country roads. Watch for sections of loose sand and rock.
Vehicle traffic and other cyclists.
From Sydney take the M5. Turn left into Bellambi Road. At Wingello cross the train line and turn right and then left onto Forest Road and follow this into the Wingello State Forest camping area and trail head.
Food and Drink
No food and drink is available at the trail head however a café and store is located at nearby Wingello township.
While you are here you can also graduate to the Yellow or Red Trails.
6.561 km / 4.077 mi
110 m / 360 ft
109 m / 359 ft
689 m / 2,260 ft