Blue Derby, Hollybank, Penguin – if you’re into mountain biking, Tasmania is the ultimate adventure holiday destination.

Known for its outstanding terrain and family-friendly parks, Tasmania is rapidly transforming into Australia’s mountain biking hub. New tracks, improved tracks and additional services such as mountain bike babysitting are popping up all over the state. 

Tasmania has rocky forest grounds, smooth sailing asphalt and kiddies skills parks. When you want to take a break from the bike, you’ll find dozens of adventure activities, farm experiences and historical experiences. Not to mention the food and wine.

Here are the top Tasmanian mountain bike tracks for families.

Blue Derby

The little Australian town of Derby has a population of only 208. It’s also home to one of the best mountain bike networks in the world. This is the King of mountain biking Tasmania. 

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Picture: Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails / Facebook

Blue Derby has 125km of purpose-built mountain bike trails with options to suit all skill levels and ages.

The town itself is super family-friendly and has a massive selection of cafes and eateries. It’s also home to the Derby Mini Shredders babysitting service, a great place to drop the little ones for a big-kid ride.

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Picture: Mini Shredders Babysitting Service / Facebook

Not up for a ride? You can do St Columba Falls walk, explore Bridestowe Lavender Farm or check out the Little Rivers Brewing Company. You can also give quad biking a go.

Kate Reed Reserve

Kate Reed Reserve, 10 minutes from Launceston, is a small scale park with lots of trail options for little daredevils. The trails are heavily signposted. This isn’t one of the more well-known trails so you should always check to see if it is open.

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Picture: Kate Reed Reserve / Facebook

The park has multiple trails, as well as a skills area and track loop. Try the black diamond detours for something a little more challenging.

Some of the trails have sharp corners and are quite rocky, it’s worth doing some research to find the best trail for your family.

Maydena

Sitting by the River Tyenna and hidden in the mountains, Maydena has more than 30 mountain bike trails. It’s accessible by round u-lift bus services for both riders and sightseers.

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Picture: Maydena / Facebook

The trails range in ability, with something to offer both families and more advanced riders. The park now has green (beginner) trails from top to bottom.

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Maydena also has a range of coaching and group skills sessions.

From Maydena, both Mount Field and Maydena walking trails are super accessible. At the summit, there are cafes at both the top and bottom, with a pump track. 

Hollybank Mountain Bike Park 

Hollybank is one of the newer bike parks in Tassie, and its proving to be a huge success. The park has beginner and intermediate loops, perfect for families with ranging ability.

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Picture: Hollybank Mountain Bike Park / Facebook

Hollybank isn’t far from Launceston, so it’s an easy park to do with kids. It has a mix of terrain, with outcrops and natural obstacles scattered throughout the paths. Come here if you want to enjoy the wilder side of mountain biking Tasmania. 

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Picture: Hollybank Mountain Bike Park / Facebook

Be sure to check out Juggernaut, a park favourite known for its rollercoaster turns. Hollybank is also right next door to Treetops, a great alternative for those in need of a biking break.

Mount Wellington Mountain Bike

Mount Wellington is a Tasmanian gem. But have you ever considered riding it?

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Picture: The spectacular view from the top of Mount Wellington / Shutterstock

Head up, head down, or do a loop. The Mount Wellington trail provides spectacular views of Hobart and parts of Southern Tasmania.

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Picture: Discover Tasmania

The ride is 21 kilometres, and heads through alpine forests and waterfront bends. A one-way ride takes between two and three hours and is great for a family cycle.

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Picture: Shutterstock

Cradle Coast Mountain Bike 

Located in North West Tasmania, Cradle Coast MTB Club is home to some of the most popular mountain biking tracks in Tasmania. The central parks are Penguin and Dial Range, but the trails spread further across the North West coast.

Picture: Central Coast Council

Penguin MTB Park is on the smaller side with around 4km of trails, but also the most popular. The park includes an asphalt speedway with jumps, wooden obstacles and a skills area. The easier trails are laced with jumps and railings so riders of different ability can complete the same runs.

Picture: Penguin MTB Park / CCMBC

If you’re heading to Cradle Coast after June 15th, you can check out the opening of Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Trail network

Read more: 

The South Coast’s best bike tracks for families

Top tips for sailing the Spirit of Tasmania with kids

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