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Unsanctioned Trail Building in Conservation Areas

Unsanctioned Trail Building in Conservation Areas

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS) have asked us to help get the word out that they will be cracking down on illegal trail building in conservation areas. They have specifically pointed out the continued development of an unsanctioned trail within the Mapleton National Park.

QPWS have already warned against building this track a year ago but work has continued and the features along it have grown in number and size. QPWS will now close the track, remove all structures, and install surveillance cameras. Any continued building will be met with fines and legal action.

However the QPWS are happy to speak to the builders regarding current MTB opportunities they have and about future development in the Mapleton national park. Contact Senior Ranger Nat Smith on [email protected]

Stay safe, Keep Riding!

Bush Rangers Committee

The following are a few photos provided to us by QPWS of the unsanctioned trail.


Bayview Ride Summary 21/01/2018

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Bayview Ride Summary 21/01/2018
Obligatory trail sign pic

Hi Folks,

This ride was a little different as it was an away ride on what has been traditionally a ‘local’ ride day – normally we do the away rides on Saturdays. Michael organised a rookie ride in Parklands for those not up for a drive south.

With the ride start at 8:15AM everyone could basically leave home at the same time but drive an extra hour or so – this seemed to work out okay so we might continue with it, although it does make the ride a bit warmer but plenty of water fixes that.

Arriving at the German Church Road entrance we instantly impressed with the trail head facilities – bitumen access road, huge sealed car park, large picnic shelters, street lighting, fancy drainage – the Redland Bay council has definitely given this place some loving.

Local rider, James, lead the 16 of us through most of the loop which was great because he showed us a few extra trails that I hadn’t planned to ride and he also took us anti-clockwise around the park which made things quite a bit different to the usual Bayview Blast circuit. In the end I think we rode a good number of the available single track which ended up being 30km and 450m of climbing, a little more than originally planned.

Highlights were:

  • Going down Sock Puppet and You’re Kidding
  • Shooting through Bird Cage and The Maze with their increasingly claustrophobic trees
  • Sneaking a peak at the new Oi trail, it’ll be great once it’s hooked up
  • Finishing up on Sorceress

Afterwards we drove over to the Pelican’s View cafe for lunch and then made our way back north.

All in all a good blat around Bayview. Thanks for the great trails RATS Cycling Club and Redland Bay Council.


Rookie Ride – Parklands – 21/01/2018

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While the rest of the club had an away ride down at Bayview. 17 riders came along on a Rookie ride through Parklands. We rode around the green loop, then the gumby loop and with a bonus Ho-chi-ho loop as for the keen ones.

Thanks for the ride everyone and thanks to the advanced riders who came along to help us out – I really appreciated it!

Michael Johns
Club Secretary 


Port to Port MTB Race Club Discount Offer

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Port to Port MTB – 4 Day Mountain Bike Stage Race – 24-27 May 2018 – Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Valley


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