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Muurlay Baamgala cycle trails

Bongil Bongil National Park

Overview

Choose your own adventure on Muurlay Baamgala cycle trails in Bongil Bongil National Park near Coffs Harbour. There are over 80km of relatively flat trails to explore in a beautiful forest setting – great for kids and all levels of riders.

Where
Bongil Bongil National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
80km of trails
Time suggested
1.5-3 hr
Grade
Medium. Each trail on this network has a different length and time suggested. Most trails are reasonably flat and open, suited for gentle forest riding.
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, bike repair kit, first aid kit, hat, sunscreen, snacks
Please note
  • These cycling trails are shared with other visitors, so keep an eye out for walkers and vehicles.
  • Cooler autumn and winter months are best for long rides
  • Advanced riders looking for a challenge can find technical single-track trails in nearby Pine Creek State Forest.
  • Mountain bike riding is not permitted on walking tracks in the park

Muurlay Baamgala means ‘track at Bongil Bongil’ in the Gumbaynggirr language. Escape the bitumen and practise your mountain biking skills along sun dappled tracks. This 80km network of fire trails is a great introduction to mountain biking. The trails are reasonably flat with good natural-earth surfaces, surrounded by eucalypt forests with a lush understorey of palms and ferns.

A good place to start is at Sid Burke picnic area off Pine Creek Way. There’s parking, toilets and a large bike map to help plan your adventure. From there you can choose from 3 main loops – Bawarr loop (8.5km), Baranyjin loop (7km) and Galnyam loop (12.5km) – or create your own route.

The eucalypt forests of Bongil Bongil National Park are home to one of NSW’s largest koala populations and more than 165 species of birds, including the glossy black cockatoo and little lorikeet.

After your ride, enjoy a picnic lunch back at Sid Burke picnic area or take a short drive to Bongil picnic area to cook up a barbecue feast. Nearby Bonville Creek is a peaceful coastal estuary, perfect for kayaking and bird watching. If you want to make a weekend of it, Tuckers Rocks Cottage is a beautiful self-contained beach house.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Discover great cycling and mountain biking trails in NSW national parks. Enjoy the easy and challenging trails from Sydney and the Blue Mountains to the Snowy Mountains or rainforest rides on the North Coast.

Two bike riders stop beside reed grass on the riverbank in Murrumbidgee Valley National Park. Photo: Gavin Hansford/DPIE

 

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A man and 4 children ride along a forest track, part of the Muurlay Baamgala cycle trails in Bongil Bongil National Park. Photo: Jay Black/DPIE