Mountain Bike Trails
From its fledgling origins as a start up in 2003, to today's award winning leader in the biking industry, Tathra Beach & Bike's evolution, has been matched with the community's local trail development..
Today the shop is positioned as best in class in the area for bike sales, service and advice on the far south coast. This innovative, inspiring collaboration of visionary minds, energetic bodies and passion has turned Tathra into arguably one of Australia's best mountain biking destinations. Tathra mountain bike trails have been reviewed by FLOW to be Australia's most iconic trails. We are home to the annual Tathra Mountain Bike Enduro and so much more.
There are countless mountain bike trails in and around Tathra, many of which our staff have helped to build and maintain. The faster you ride, the more challenging these trails become. This makes our local trail networks flowy, fun and exciting for riders of all levels. There is also a skills park at the Tathra Country Club. See below for maps and route descriptions of the popular singletrack meccas within a short riding or driving distance of Tathra Beach and Bike. Come and visit us for additional information about the trails, bike equipment, hires and repairs so you can discover more about what the bush around Tathra has to offer.
Bundadung trail network, Tathra
In 2010 Tathra Beach and Bike staff, alongside volunteers from the Bega Aboriginal Lands Council (BALC) and the Tathra community began creating 20 kilometres of safe, environmentally sustainable multi-purpose tracks. The network is predominantly built on lands owned by the BALC. They were initially called “Doolagharl” meaning hairy monster, who in Aboriginal legend had inhabited the area. In early 2012 the Aboriginal Elders changed the name to Bundadung meaning wombat.
The Bundadung trails are located a short 800 metres from Tathra Beach and Bike. They are now maintained by a passionate crew of local trail builders and offer over 50km of uniquely crafted singletrack. They are also home to the popular Tathra MTB Enduro held each year in April, an event which raises money that goes straight back into the community. A popular 32 kilometre loop features three steady singletracks climbs, Evil Tom, Kingy's Climb and Nelba's Rise and three sweet descents, Bridges (named after the numerous bridges it traverses between its swooping turns), Nizentite and Anchors Away. You can start at the top of this section, accessing it from Thompsons Road or start from the bottom, 800 metres north of the shop.
Another well-loved ride is the Fire Shed loop. This one is a more undulating and twisty 18km option and includes the 'Creekside' extension for riders keen to add a little extra to the journey. Start the ride from the Fire Shed and water towers at the top of town. Take your time and soak up the views of the forest and the beach, or pump these playfully built creations for speed and chase your mates through the bush. They make great use of the available elevation taking riders along various routes up the hill at a steady winding gradient and offering smooth, buff, twisty descents back down to...more trails. (Or more ocean if you prefer!)
The Bermagui Dirt Surfers mountain bike park is located a 30 minute drive north of Tathra. Six and ten kilometre loops are available to test your skills through multiple twists and turns. The fun, final descent back to the car park means it doesn't take much encouragement to coax your your mates to head out for another loop (or two or three). Head to the Bermagui Dirt Surfers mountain bike club page for more information on trails in this area.
Manna Park and Mandeni
Heading south from Tathra, down Sapphire Coast Drive toward Merimbula, are Manna Park and Mandeni; two additional collections of mountain bike trails located side by side. Manna Park is where you'll get your granite fix. Fun, rocky descents break up the winding tree-lined singletracks that form another 6.5km loop to test your tyres on. This loop was designed by Jake Iskov from Tathra Beach and Bike. A further 10kms of trails at Mandeni are less technical by comparison. They are a nice ride on their own or a good way of adding extra distance and exploration to the Manna Park loop. This network includes a family friendly skills park to build your balance, cornering and confidence on the bike as well. For more information and maps of these additional networks see the Manna Park and the Mandeni websites.