With the recent official opening of the Alice Springs Mountain Bike Trail network, upgrading tracks and implementing signs and markets, Alice Springs has cemented its commitment to cycling. Strap on your roof racks and head out with your Alice Springs car rental to explore the area on two wheels.
The Trail Station at the Telegraph Station hires out bikes of various sizes, including helmet, lock and trail information. Alice Springs also has three bike shops to meet all your mountain biking needs – The Penny Farthing Avanti Bike Shop, Ultimate Ride and Smith Street Velo.
Remember that conditions can change at the drop of a hat – wear sun block, take lots of water and try to stay out of the sun in the heat of the middle of the day. A repair kit, pump and spare inner tube can save you a lot of hassle. And look out for other cyclists – and walkers – on the trails around you.
One of the greatest cycling trails in Australia, this sealed, scenic bike route traces the foothills of the West Macdonnell ranges. It runs for 17 km starting from Flynn’s Grave (7km from Alice Springs), passing through scrub and woodlands to the Simpson’s Gap waterholeand picnic area. As you ride through the wide open spaces, you may well see some central Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. It’s a relatively easy track suitable for families if you have a reasonable fitness level.
Starting from Alice Springs Kampari Scout Hall, these trails include 15 km of singletrack through the Macdonnell Ranges. These trails are suitable for beginner riders but also offer challenge for more experienced cyclists to amp it up on the more difficult terrain including rock gardens. You will enjoy amazing views across the arid terrain and riding across it will be something quite unique.
This main track is found the Charles Darwin National Park and is accessible between 8am–7pm 7 days a week. There are various routes you can take, from 9km through to about20 km for the hardcore. Traversing many hairpins, steps, and rocks, it offers a good workout. In the wet seasons some sections are prone to flooding and may be impassable.