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Australian Alpine Epic

Mt Buller, Australia

This half- to full-day, 35-mile/56-km ride delivers a stunning journey through backcountry wild lands. You’ll find multiple waterfalls, and places to get a drink or snack at the halfway point. Remote huts provide an opportunity to turn this into a two-day ride. The final 5 miles provides a flowing descent that follows the river. The resort team at Mt Buller—Australia’s only IMBA Ride Center—was dedicated to providing a quality, backcountry trail ride, and the locals agree that they nailed it.

There are 5 trails near the Bandy Creek Visitor Center---the All 5 Ride includes each of these trails: Collier Ridge, West Bandy, Duncan Hollow, Grand Gap, and a section of the John Muir Trail attached to Grand Gap. Riding all of the trails and connecting each with some gravel road totals approximately 35 miles. (30 miles of singletrack and about 5 miles of gravel to connect everything). The singletrack is flowy and smooth with minimal climbing. Grand Gap and John Muir trails present massive rock shelters and several scenic views of the Big South Fork River from the rim of the gorge 500 feet above the river and its huge boulders. While all 5 of the trails are open to hikers, only Grand Gap and John Muir trails have an appreciable number of hikers. There is a large number of horse trails inside the park, but horses are not allowed on the mountain bike trails listed here. However, you may see them on the gravel roads that connect the bike trails. The National Park Service is in agreement with IMBA's Rules of the Trails.
The trails are mostly beginner to intermediate level offering a few technical sections and creek crossings as riders meander through pines, oaks, hemlocks, maples, and other richly diverse trees and native plants along with abundant wildlife featuring black bears, turkey, deer, and other small game. A moderate climate easily allows mountain biking year round.
n addition to the 5 trails near Bandy Creek, there is an additional hiking/biking trail named Chestnut Ridge. It is a 13 mile loop beginning at the Rock Creek Trailhead. It also offers some flowing singletrack as well as an overlook of the park. It is located near Divide Road and a portion of the trail stretches north into the Kentucky section before looping back southward into Tennessee.te Summary

Additional Information

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This Epic offers a long-distance, cross-country descending ride on terrain within the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resorts, Mansfield State Forest and the Mt Russell Education Area.

Mt Buller is Australia’s first and only IMBA Ride Center, recognized as offering world-class mountain bike facilities for all levels of riders. This iconic mountain bike park features over 100 km (62 mi) of cross-country trails including 40 km (25 mi) of dedicated singletrack; Australia’s best cross-country trail (Stonefly); two skills parks; the country’s first flow-down trail (Copperhead); Australia’s first modular pump track; and the only chairlift accessible downhill course in the State.

Getting There

Mt Buller is located 248 km (154 mi) northeast of Melbourne, an easy and scenic three-hour drive. Mansfield is the closest major town to the Resort – follow the signs to Mt Buller, 45 minutes from Mansfield, with the final 16km a winding, scenic mountain road to the Mt Buller Village. Unlike winter, entry to the Resort is free throughout summer.

Mt Buller is also easy to get to from interstate, and is just 1.5 hours from the Hume Highway at Benalla. Driving times from capital cities

  • Melbourne: 3 hours
  • Canberra: 6 hours
  • Sydney: 9 hours
  • Adelaide: 9.5 hours