Whether your preference is bitumen or dirt, Devonport is a hot spot for cycling and mountain biking on Tasmania’s North West Coast.
Devonport features a network of shared path and bike lanes suitable for riders of all ages. Get the family together and explore the network here.
From Devonport follow the shared path along the Mersey foreshore and head West to Forth and then on to the coast road through Ulverstone to Penguin and beyond. Mostly flat with some undulations, this picturesque route is popular with local cycling groups and has views all the way to Table Cape and plenty of photo ops.
Take river road through Latrobe and on to Railton and Sheffield if winding back country roads and challenging climbs are more your style. There are shorter loops back to Devonport through Forth and several longer routes that take in the foothills of Mount Roland and iconic climbs such as Cethana and Spellmans Hill.
If bunch riding is your thing The Middle of the Night Bunch meet at 5:30am most days and set a decent pace.
Load up the mountain bikes and on the outskirts of the CBD you will find Kelcey Tier, 160 hectares of native bushland which abounds with many varieties of birds, skinks and wildflowers. Featuring a network of hand made and machine-built trails and a mix of natural rock features and flow. There are trails to suit beginner, intermediate and advanced. Access to the trails is from the top of Durkins Rd or via an easement 300 metres along Tugrah Rd. Signage is limited so we recommend using Trailforks to navigate your way around.
Trails in the network are partly shared fire trails so keep a heads up for other users. Be sure to take in the superb views of Devonport and the Mersey River Estuary from the top and find the sculpture ‘Preeatenna’, which means ‘lizard’ in the Tasmanian Aboriginal language.
Mersey Valley Devonport Cycling Club MTB are custodians of the trails and are a good source of info and riding buddies.
For further links to maps and routes for Road and Mountain Biking visit Bicycle Network Tasmania’s comprehensive guide.