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Atherton mountain biking track gains national acclaim

THE Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park (AFMBP) has recently garnered prestigious recognition, being listed as one of the top three trails in Queensland in a recent National Geographic article.

The accolade comes as part of National Geographic’s ‘Australia’s Best 100 Bike Rides’ guidebook, which highlights the AFMBP for its exceptional qualities as a mountain biking destination.

Described as meeting all the criteria for a successful mountain bike town, Atherton is praised for its great climate, remarkable terrain, and convenient access to the trail network directly from town.

The park’s trails are noted for their smart layout, catering to groups of mixed abilities and ensuring an enjoyable riding experience for everyone, regardless of skill level.

“It’s great to see our region recognised and it is well-deserved and fair recognition for the passionate volunteers – Tablelands Cycle Sports and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service staff who maintain the trails,” Tablelands Regional Council spokesperson said.

“This further supports our ongoing commitment and advocacy to State and Federal Governments for expanding cycling in our region.

“We are finalising our 10-year Cycling Strategy for our region, which will guide our long-term planning and support community groups’ applications for funding.”

Tablelands Regional Council recently commissioned a concept plan for stage 2 of the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park, with further funding announced by the Honourable Michael Healy for the development of a business case for this second stage.

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