Nestled in the rural pastures surrounding Gympie, Garapine sits atop of the hillside and plays host to some of the best trails in the region. Locally owned and operated, Garapine is a privately owned recreational facility with 7 purpose built mountain bike trails, bunk style accommodation and spectacular views that make sunrise and sunset a pleasant experience….
Garapine is located in the Kybong region of South East Queensland, approximately two hours drive from Brisbane and 20 minutes from Gympie. A privately owned and operated facility, Garapine is home to seven purpose-built trails and provide ride days and shuttling throughout the year. The trails at Garapine can provide a challenge to even the most adept mountain biker and have no shortage of off camber sections, loose corners and technical features that are bound to get the adrenaline pumping.
Home of Australia’s First Gravity Enduro
The history of Gravity Enduro in Australia has a firm place at Garapine with the first Enduro Race in Australia being hosted here back in 2009. Since then the scene in Queensland has strongly grown, each race at Garapine as part of the South East Queensland Enduro Series hosting over 300 entrants and providing an epic experience for all those lucky enough to participate.
This year has seen two rounds being hosted at Garapine and the state championships and national rounds have also seen the dust and dirt shredded on the epic trails built by Trailworx. If you have an opportunity to race one of these epic races, then strap on your helmet, pump up the rubber and get ready for stoke!
There is no shortage of air to be had at Garapine, with the A-lines providing an awesome mix of air and technical features. For those looking to build their skills, there is also b-lines around all technical features so you can ride safe and build up your skills.
All trails start at the top where the accommodation and facilities are and then wind their way into the forest before popping out at the fire road below where you can board a shuttle, or ride up the climbing trail.
Loose and dusty trail conditions adorn the mountain biking menu in Queensland and Garapine is no exception. The best time to ride is winter in Queensland with epic day time temperatures, clear blue skies and cracking evenings by the fire.
Man-made features like the road gaps provide a welcome mix to the technical rocky and root laden terrain of some trails, plenty of G-outs and no shortage of speed.
No Matter what your desire for mountain biking, Garapine certainly delivers. Fast, loose and technical; the trails have been designed by riders for riders and the team at Garapine are certainly bang on point. Ride days are frequent and you can contact them via facebook or their website to organise a visit that will leave you begging to come back and hit the dirt.
www.garapine.com.au for details