Being one of the most recommended trails in Tasmania, Sterling Valley is a ride that's full of exciting and exhilarating twists and turns. It's a one of a kind that you'll want to try out again and again. Getting to the Sterling Valley to enjoy the the forest with an awesome panorama of spectacular scenery is one of the great highlights.
The trail offers two sections: one is the full track that covers around 21 kilometers and the second is a short 9 kilometer loop just for the downhill part. Traversing through the dense temperate rain forest of myrtle-beech, the trail is steep and very technical in some sections which makes it quite challenging but also very rewarding.
You can head up the gravel track from the highway south of Tullah to begin the full track version. You have to climb for about 320 meters to reach the peak of the trail. For your safety, be careful with the slippery logs and rocks on the way. At the point of 7.8 kilometers from the start, you start your downhill part. The descent is steep with lots of loose rock, along with the deceptively deep mud which Tasmania is renowned for; and slippery roots at the beginning of the trail. For the short 9 kilometers loop, you can join the downhill section only by riding up the highway from Roseberry. Afterwards, you will join the steep gravel road, pass through some creeks and short couples of climbs before coming to the Y junction. You need to make sure to take the right fork and then follow the exciting downhill track ahead.
The single track is mostly gravel road with loose rocks, along with some steep and technical sections. The track surface may have the slippery roots and moss covered rocks.
You can get access to the full track in about 200 meters south of the B28 turn off, and park your car at many spots in the southern side of the road. If you want to ride the downhill loop, you can start the ride down in Roseberry and climb up via the road first.
Food and drink
There are a few small cafés and restaurant in two towns nearby, Tullah and Rosebery. However, bringing water and snacks to recharge energy while taking a break after the climbs is a great thing to do.
Some of the information and pictures are sourced from https://www.tassietrails.org
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