Yarra Ranges Council (which is part of ETC) and their project partners have a vision to create a world class mountain biking trail network, located in Warburton, on Melbourne’s eastern edge.

Combining Warburton’s scenic natural environment and village atmosphere, with the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination would promote a healthy community and put Warburton on the national and international tourism radar.

The project would be delivered in multiple stages, and would include 160 kilometres of trails when complete. Stage one involves the development of 100+ kilometres of new mountain bike trails and connections.

The project is currently in the master planning phase. This involves industry experts, local stakeholder groups and partner agencies working together to create a plan for public consultation. The plan will make sure that Council gets the right permits and consents before detailed construction designs are produced.

They are aiming for the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination to be Australia’s first Gold Level mountain bike ride centre, accredited by The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).

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