Lower Tippogoree Hills Mountain Bike Trails ready to ride!

Person on mountain bike trail
Person on mountain bike trail

The lower section of the Tippogoree Hills mountain bike trail network officially opened on the 17th December 2022. 

The lower section of the Tippogoree Hills trail includes over 21 trails offering 35 kms of riding, catering for all skill levels, including family-friendly beginner trails (Green Circle) at the trail head in Lauriston Park, longer beginner descents accessible via the shuttle service, and even an “extreme” (Double-black Diamond) trail. 

The Tippogoree Hills Trail Network will complement the Mount George Trail Network and George Town Pump Track which have been operational for the past 12 months. 

George Town Mayor Greg Kieser said “George Town has historically been dependent on its well-established heavy industrial area at Bell Bay, and the core objective of the mountain bike trail project is to diversify George Town’s existing tourism portfolio, boosting the local business economy, and improving economic, recreational and social opportunities for the George Town municipality. Both the Mount George and Lower Tippogoree Hills Trails will compliment and add to the mountain biking narrative in Northeast Tasmania.” 

“George Town is less than one hour from Launceston, has an abundance of natural assets and attractions, and all the major services of an established town centre, making it an excellent choice for holiday goers wanting to visit Tasmania’s newest trail destination.” he said 

Mayor Kieser said, “The entirety of the lower section of the Tippogoree Hills Trail Network has been built on land owned by Rio Tinto’s Bell Bay Aluminum smelter, who have been a major supporter of the mountain bike trails project from its inception.” 

Bell Bay Aluminium’s Health, Safety and Environment Manager and mountain bike rider, Sam Duncan, is excited about the development and what it will do for the region. 

“With the opening of the Lower Tippogoree Hills trails, George Town is set to become the next riding destination in Tasmania! As an employee, I’m proud Bell Bay is facilitating access to around 40km of land owned by the smelter across the two trail networks, and investing in the community in which we operate.” 

“It is fantastic that we can now ride almost 50km of world-class trails here in George Town. I am not sure I will be riding the new double black diamond-rated Devil’s Elbow here at Tippogoree Hills but I am confident there will be others keen to take on the challenge! The new trails will create local jobs, local business opportunities and grow the local economy. It is a great example of industry, government and community working hand in hand! “he said. 

Federal Member for Bass Bridget Archer said the opening of the Tippogoree Hills trails is a significant step towards the completion of the Mount George Trail Network. 

“After fighting for and securing the $4.4 million in funding at the 2019 federal election, it’s so exciting to see these trails ready for the public and just in time for the summer holidays,” Mrs Archer said. 

“As a local, I have seen first-hand the overwhelmingly positive social and economic impact this project has had on the region which has positioned the trails as a key destination for mountain bikers of all levels.” 

Tasmanian Labor Senator, Helen Polley said, “This project is funded by the Australian Government as part of their Community Development Grants Programme. The Programme delivers projects identified by the Australian Government to support infrastructure that promotes stable, secure, and viable local and regional economies.“ 

“This initiative is good for the local economy, great for local and national tourism and will build on the social fabric of the local community,” she said.  

“Projects range from new sporting facilities, to upgrading Community Centers and small-scale infrastructure projects. Community Development Grants projects contribute to the local economies, create jobs and boost confidence within a region. To date, funding has been committed to more than 1,400 projects, including more than 490 projects from Government commitments in 2019.” she said 

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