SOUTHMOLLE OPEN TO MTB
Bike your way to spectacular island views
South Molle Island is set to become the Whitsundays’ hottest mountain biking destination, with 14km of trails offering outstanding views across Whitsunday’s famous islands and fringing reefs, now complete.
National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said walking trails leading to four lookouts had been recently assessed by the Whitsunday Mountain Bike Club (WMTBC) and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) for their suitability as bike trails.
“The track network was upgraded about two years ago to improve access for QPWS’s small maintenance machinery, which also made it suitable for mountain bikes,” Mr Dickson said.
“WMTBC members rode all the tracks in mid-July. They found the trail well suited to mountain-biking, and even novices could enjoy the riding. It won’t cost anything to convert the track to shared use, and no more to maintain it than if it was just for walkers.
“The project will benefit existing operators including the nearby resorts, the camping transfer companies and other tourism operators. It’s a point of difference for the area – where else on the Great Barrier Reef can you mountain-bike?” Mr Dickson said.
Whitsunday Mountain Bike Club Secretary and local bike shop owner Chris Labes said riders had been excited to be invited to the island to help QPWS assess suitability of the tracks
“It’s been very exciting to work with Parks and be involved from the beginning at South Molle,” Ms Labes said.
“It’s going to be huge for the sport in this area.”
The South Molle tracks lead through grasslands, eucalypt forest and pockets of rainforest to lookouts at Mt Jeffreys, Spion Kop, Lamond Hill and Balancing Rock, and two pretty bays.
The island has two small QPWS camping areas which are the perfect launch point to explore the island’s track network. No permits or fees apply to enjoy the track network.
More information about the Molle Islands National Park is at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/molle-islands/index.html.