Trail Taster Tour

  • Hollybank Forest is just a short drive from Launceston and once on the bike it's network of bush-land tracks will see you weave and wind through the wilderness. The perfect warm up for the expedition later in the day at Derby, the aptly named no sweat trail will have you enjoying a circular route around the reserve.
  • You may or may not have worked up a sweat as the name of the route suggests but to recover from your workout pop by Providence and Leaning Church Vineyards located in Lilydale, a further 7 minutes down the hill by car. Beautiful outlooks paired with local drops and tempting cheese platters will keep you satisfied until the next stop.

Afternoon

  • Self drive via rolling farmland and paddocks laden with rich red soil. Small country towns with vineyards and producers scattered amongst the outskirts tell the story of the pioneering spirit of the area. Arrive in Derby, the once tin mining town and now thriving mountain bike community.
  • Take a look about, chat to the many characters of the town, and then saddle up for part 2 of your riding adventure. The route known as 'Lake Derby' begins in the centre of town and is Derby's easiest and most accessible trail. Take this on and in 10-30 minutes depending on your fitness level you will undertake an enjoyable ride around the picturesque lake.
  • Still keen to find some flow? Rapids is the perfect trail. Following the Ringarooma river upstream it offers great views back to the town, and even the odd photo opportunity along the way.

Evening

Return to Launceston, or grab a hearty meal at one of the local pubs before putting your feet up at one of the many warm and welcoming accommodation options located within the township.

Travel Tips

  • Let the locals take you on a guided adventure with Mountain Bike Tasmania and Vertigo MTB operating regular tours, or take on the trails independently. Whichever you choose, you are in store for rides you will relish.

  • Bring your own bike, or if you need to hire pick one up at Hollybank Treetop Adventures (Hollybank) or Vertigo MTB (Derby).