The huge investment in the extensive cycling trail developments across the Atherton Tablelands to capture both the adventure and fitness tourism markets is being complemented and promoted through the redevelopment of the Tablelands Trails website.
Peak regional economic development body, the Tablelands Futures Corporation (TFC), has redeveloped the www.tablelandstrails.com site to include extensive trail information previously not available on one site.
TFC chair Michael Lawrence said the growing interest in the Atherton Tablelands as a world-class mountain-biking destination had seen increased demand for maps and suggested routes for riders of different levels and abilities on the website.
The website was initiated in 2012 by the Tablelands Integrated Mountain Biking Alliance (TIMBA), a subcommittee of TFC, which was formed to promote mountain-biking trail infrastructure and put the Atherton Tablelands on the map as a number one cycling destination.
“Such a lot has happened since then,” Mr Lawrence said. “The Atherton Tablelands is fast becoming the ultimate cycling destination in Australia, where cyclists can enjoy world-class mountain bike trails as well as scenic rides interconnected by villages that sit in World Heritage-listed natural beauty.
“The Atherton Tablelands is also now home to signature international events such as the Crocodile Trophy.”
Mr Lawrence said the Tablelands Trails’ website was rebuilt to include the extensive trail development that has occurred across the region, including Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park, Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park, Atherton Skills Park and Mareeba Skills Park.
“We are delighted with the redevelopment of the site with the downloadable maps and other mountain bike parks and cycling trails outside the bike parks. The structure is now available to include extensive trail information that simply wasn’t available before now,” he said.
“Eventually, the site will include all types of trails, including hiking, horse and other trails. TFC is about to commence working with the stakeholders to make this happen.”
Mr Lawrence acknowledged the support of all levels of government in aiding the development of biking infrastructure across the Atherton Tablelands.
In addition to information on the various bike parks, the user-friendly website includes park alert updates on conditions and access, provided by the Queensland Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.
It also features individual sections on road cycling trails, other mountain bike trails, a key to trail grades and a section on trail etiquette, which includes advice on what’s acceptable behaviour on the various trails and roads, and even who gets right of way and how to go about it if a cyclist encounters a horse and rider.