Mountain biking in Forrest, Colac-Otway Victoria
Mountain biking in Forrest
Bomb, flow, hurtle or delicately pick your way down, the Forrest Mountain Bike Park has something for you.
Set within the beautiful bushland and rolling landscapes of the Great Otway National Park and the Otway Forest Park are over 65 kilometres across 16 purpose-built, waymarked singletrack trails for riders of all skill levels. Forrest hosts some of Victoria's key mountain biking events each year, and is home to a craft brewery, excellent cafes and activities including walking, fishing and horse riding.
In recent years, the Forrest community, the Forrest MTB Club and key agency representatives have worked hard to improve the Forrest MTB Trails network.
The Forrest township has a population of around 250 people and is fast becoming a major mtb hub in Victoria. Despite its small size, you'll be surprised at the number of services and facilities catering for bicycle tourists and visitors.
The Forrest community welcomes and celebrates MTB acitivites and visitors. As a visitor, this becomes apparent as soon as you roll into town. Here, local businesses proudly display their affection and conneciton to the trails and the local Forrest MTB Club is comprised of passionate local riders and community members who work hard to maintain the trails. They welcome new members from near and far. You can find out more, and connect with them via their facebook page.
Choose a trail that's right for you
The trails of Forrest are clustered into two main areas to the north and south of the town, with two designated trailheads the best access points.
The southern trails surround the township of Forrest and offers six rides from easy to more difficult, including the famous Red Carpet trail extending from Lake Elizabeth to the start of the Barwon River. Forrest Trailhead is located on the main Forrest-Birregurra Road, just south of the brewery. This gives access to three trails to the west and three trails to the east.
Yaugher Trailhead provides access to an extensive range of trails for all skill levels in the northern sectin of the park. This trailhead is located a short ride north of town up Tiger Rail Trail to Yaugher Road.
Regular social rides
Forrest Mountain Bike Club members hit the trails on most Thursdays nights most of the year round!
Every Thursday night they meet at the Forrest Brewery at around 6pm to leave by 6:15.It's mainly during daylight saving but some ride all year around using lights over winter. All abilities are catered for, with the group spliting into separate groups. The stronger group is known as the Brew Crew & the other group is the Soda Crew, you then have the option to stay for dinner and have a chat about the ride. Keep an eye on the Club's Facebook page for more info.
Beyond the ride
Beyond the awesome mtb trails, if you can tear yourself away, Forrest is a great base for furhter exploring the Otways - feel dwarfed amongst the ancient giants of the forest; follow the sounds of a trickling stream to the edge of a cascading waterfall; join the colourful meeting of green forests and blue ocean; bare witness to the ever changing moods of the Southern coast... Nature is king in the Great Otways and there's a lot to be explored.
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image credits courtesy of the Otways Odyssey and www.rideforrest.com.au