The Atherton Tablelands
A World Class Mountain Bike Destination
Tablelands integrated Mountain Bike Alliance (TiMBa) a subcommittee of Tablelands Futures Corporation, have a vision and a plan to make Tropical North Queensland the premier mountain bike destination in Australia and an internationally recognised world class facility. The plan is to develop a series of mountain bike trails radiating from existing community centres across the Tablelands (HUBS).
Over the years, funding was secured to deliver reports and feasibility studies to seek and secure funding for the construction of trails. This has since developed into a regional focus to create Tropical North Queensland as a world class mountain biking destination.
- 2011 – Atherton Tablelands Mountain Bike Trails Concept Plan by World Trails *
- 2011 – Atherton Tablelands A Mountain Biking Destination report, by Daffyd Davis *
- 2012 – Bike Trails on the Atherton Tablelands, by Firescape Science (Trail Mapping) *
- 2012 – Business Development Pack (community engagement) *
- 2012 – Development of website tablelandtrails.com *
- 2012 – $250,000 investment by Queensland Government National Parks, Sport and Recreation for the construction of world class trails for the Herberton Range State Forest (Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park)
- 2012 – Investment committed Investment committed for the construction of trails at Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park and Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park (via Mareeba Mountain Goats) by State Government and Tablelands Regional Council.
- 2013 – $2,471,000 Funding secured under the Regional Development Australia round three for further construction of trails at Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park.
- 2013 – $50,000 funding secured from Tablelands Regional Council for mountain bike trail construction equipment for Mareeba Mountain Goats to develop further trails at Little Transfield, Dinden State Forest (Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park).
- 2013 – The 2013 Subaru Mountain Bike Australian Marathon Championships was held at the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park.
- 2014 – The 2014 Real Insurance XCM Series race 4 was held at the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park in conjunction with the second round of the USI Mountain Bike World Cup in Cup 26th & 27th
- 2015 – Crocodile Trophy
* Funding received under the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) Queensland Regional Development initiative.
The feasibility of these construction projects is a result of the work by TIMBA in the development of the many reports including concept plans, business plans and mapping of trails, required to attract the funding.
$5,000 funding contribution via TIMBA (a subcommittee of TFC) to TTNQ Contestable Funding project ($250,000) to ensure exposure of the region to mountain biking visitors and significant mountain bike events
- Substantial exposure of the region’s mountain biking assets through Ride Cairns website and social media channels.
Value of Mountain Biking Report
Prepare a detailed report on the value of mountain biking is to the Atherton Tablelands. First edition April 2015.
- The Benefits of Mountain Biking to the Atherton Tablelands report
- Updated annually
Cyclists Welcome Scheme
$5,000 contributed to Department of State Development’s “Cycle Welcome” scheme targeting operators to understand and engage with the growing cycle tourism market.
The program included a series of workshops and the development of the “Cycle Welcome” booklet, a comprehensive guide to businesses about how to engage in and meet the needs of the expanding cycling tourism market.
- Trail Cheat Sheets for Visitor Information Centres
- Partnership with Tropical Tablelands Tourism to promote the benefits of engaging with the cycle tourism market to operators
2016 Strategic Activity: continued promotion of the scheme to Chambers of Commerce & Industry groups