Top Three In The State

The Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park (AFMBP) has been recognised as one of the top three bicycle rides in the state in a recent National Geographic article.

The list of top rides has been compiled for National Geographic’s ‘Australia’s Best 100 Bike Rides’ best-selling guidebook and describes Atherton as meeting all the ‘successful mountain bike town criteria: a great climate, awesome terrain, and the chance to ride to the trail network directly from town’.

When it comes to the park, the trails are characterised as having ‘a smart layout that’s ideal for groups of mixed abilities; in short, everyone has an awesome time riding, regardless of mismatched skill levels’.

‘It’s great to see our region recognised and it is well-deserved and fair recognition for the passionate volunteers, Tablelands Cycle Sports and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service staff who maintain the trails,’ said a Tablelands Regional Council spokesperson.

‘This further supports our ongoing commitment and advocacy to state and federal governments for expanding cycling in our region.

‘We are finalising our 10-year Cycling Strategy for our region, which will guide our long-term planning and support community groups’ applications for funding.

‘Last year we also commissioned a concept plan for stage 2 of the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park and just last month the Honourable Michael Healy announced further funding for the business case for this second stage,’ the spokesperson said.