Nerang Forest MTB: Easy

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These are two fun rides to do as the Nerang Forest is a little less “polished” than some of the other popular MTB parks in South East Queensland. There are generally no signs along the trails and while there are a handful of mudmaps of the area, none seem to be that accurate or current. New singletrack is occasionally added due to trail maintenance elsewhere and development of the network. Talking to locals, after an introductory spin through the Casuarina Grove Track, they suggest the best strategy to finding your way around is to spend a weekend getting lost in the forest, just riding!

Casuarina Grove Track (Easy)

Offering a great introduction to the Nerang Forest MTB trail network, the Casuarina Grove Track is a fun ride for novice and experienced riders. With lots of singletrack and only gradual ascents and descents, it’s a great place to explore and hone MTB skills.

There are some signs showing the way through here and with the exception of an early unexpected fork in the trail, it is easy to follow and difficult to deviate from the planned path. Enjoy the ride through the native Eucalypt forest, just kilometres from the heart of the Gold Coast – and you would never know it!

Access

Leave the Pacific Highway at junction 69 (southbound). From the Nerang Connection Road, turn on to Hope Street to park in front of the Nerang Velodrome and Criterium circuit.

Food and Drink

There is nothing available at the start so bring with you sufficient food and drink for before, during and after your ride.

Side Trip

In the summer, if you ride later in the day or on a weekend, why not hang around to watch some of the racing on the Nerang Velodrome. When the local riders come out to race, you can expect an action-packed night of entertainment.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 From the car park on Hope St, enter the facility by the gates opposite Stevens St. Cross straight over the criterium circuit to the left of the velodrome and right of the scouts’ hut.
  • 0.3 Directly in front of you is a gap in the fence. Cross through here. You are at a three-way junction. Trails to your left and right, and immediately in front of you is a sign for the Casuarina Grove Track; a 2.8km easy loop. This track is a marked track with arrows guiding you along the way. Take care within the first 200m, there is an unmarked fork in the trail; turn right, not left.
  • 2.5 Return back to the start of the Casuarina Grove Track before crossing back over the Criterium circuit and on to Hope St.
  • 2.8 End of the ride.
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    2.833 km / 1.76 mi

    Total Distance

    64 m / 209 ft

    Total Ascent

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    Total Descent

    50 m / 164 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: options
    Fitness Level: Medium
    MTB Segment: flow
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Trail Signage: Average
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Estimated Distance: 2.8
    Elevation Gain: 214
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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