Eden Mountain Bike Hub
Eden Mountain Bike Hub Project
Stage 1 of the Eden Mountain Bike Hub project includes the following elements:
- 56kms of new trails utilising over 300 metres of elevation
- 20 trails, each providing a unique experience for riders
- Infrastructure to support trail users including car parks, toilets, bike racks, seating areas etc.
- The establishment of a governance framework for ongoing management and maintenance
Stage 2 of the project has not been planned in detail; however, it is expected Stage 2 will include another 50 to 60kms of trail.
WHEN WILL THE PROJECT BE COMPLETED?
Key project milestones are:
- Detailed Design – completed in December 2021 by World Trail
- Construction commencing – May 2022 by Contour Works
- Parking, toilets, and trailhead infrastructure complete – Sept/Oct 2022
- First trails opened – November 2022
Project complete – June 2023.
WHERE WILL THE TRAILS BE BUILT?
The trails are being built in the Nullica State Forest in collaboration with Forestry Corporation New
South Wales. Refer to the attached map to understand the location of the trail network in relation to
WHY ARE WE BUILDING THESE TRAILS?
Eden and the broader south coast of New South Wales is a popular tourism destination with surf and swimming beaches, fishing and whale watching opportunities and access to large areas of national parks and other natural areas.
The far south coast of New South Wales currently has limited recognised mountain bike trail networks. The closest trail networks are to the north at Bermagui and Tathra and to the west at Jindabyne and Thredbo.
Of these areas, Jindabyne and Thredbo, located to the west of Eden are recognised as mountain bike tourism destinations in their own right.
The Eden trail network will establish the broader New South Wales south coast area as a true mountain bike destination that will provide opportunities to attract mountain bike tourists and investment to the south coast.
The Eden Mountain Bike Project will drive business opportunities and will increase the economic benefits to existing businesses in the region.
The growth in mountain bike tourism is a significant economic and social driver for communities across Australia.
A recent study released by AusCycling has identified that the mountain biking industry contributes $1.4b to the economy and directly employs 6,000 people.
An economic impact study by Lucid Economics found that, once fully developed, the Eden MTB Hub will attract 22,500 visitors, 60,000 visitor nights and generate $9.9m in new visitor expenditure to directly support full time equivalent (FTE) positions in the area.
WHO WILL BUILD THE TRAILS
Contour Works have been appointed to construct the trail network. https://contourworks.com.au/
Contour Works are trail building specialists who strive to deliver projects in all types of terrain.
Their passion is to create memorable riding and walking experiences on trails that are thoughtfully crafted and incorporated into the natural environment. With over 30 years of combined trail building experience in a wide variety of terrain, they understand what is required to deliver a safe, sustainable and enjoyable product for a wide range of users.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
There are many ways to help support our project. We are currently seeking to engage with people looking for employment, service providers of construction materials, businesses who are keen to understand what is needed to support ride tourism, and organisations looking to actively partner with the project team to ensure the whole community benefits from this project.
Send us an email so we can get you involved MTBproject@eden.nsw.au.
Header photo credit: Toni Ward – DoubleTake Photographics