The unofficial centre of mountain biking on the Sunshine Coast. Parklands established itself as a gnarly, rocky, testing, series of fireroads in the early days that was frequented by motorbikes, logged and a bit of a dumping ground for lazy sods that couldn’t be bothered using the tip next door.
These days, Parklands is alive and well and extremely popular. It’s a tough series of tracks that snake and wind through the ups and downs of the 655 hectares of conservation area. It extends from Atkinson Rd West right over to the Bruce Highway towards Yandina. At last count there was approximately 60km of trail.
Tracks include Taser, Lush, Ho Chi Ho, New Zealand, Rockadile, Rock’n’Roll, Road Rage,T Track, The Meadows and Chairlift, to name a few.
This is an area that all Mountain bikers need to preserve for the future. If you venture out into Parklands please ride responsibly and avoid riding in wet and muddy conditions.
Parklands Regional Park mountain bike trails are maintained by the club and the QPWS (Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service).
Recently (as of December 2017), a new 1km access trail “Rookie Road”, a 3km green loop called “Lush” and 2 black and blue level flow trails “Taser” and “Blue Tongue” has been opened for riding. You can find the start of the new access trail from the Radar Hill Road car park which will take you to the new loop and black run. This means that there’s a good 5km IMBA green loop to/from the car park – check out the Trailforks route: https://www.trailforks.com/route/rookie-route/
How to get there
- Atkinson Road West Entrance Google Map or Google Street View (this view looks straight down the driveway that leads into Parklands)
- Bruce Highway / Radar Hill Entrance Google Map
Where to stay
Parklands is central to all of the Sunshine Coast and right next to Nambour so your accommodation options are huge. There is a working farm with a camping ground adjacent to the park with it’s own access to the trails. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/gromadplantations/
Club Ride Information Sheet/s
Here’s a video of the Ho Chi Ho track (heading down).