Mountain Bike racing is becoming more popular every year, council recognises that the region has the potential to become a signature mountain biking destination.
Our natural environment and developing tourism market offer great possibilities for development of the Pioneer Valley as a signature mountain biking destination. There is tremendous potential to develop a mountain biking market underpinned by a unique and internationally significant mountain bike trail network connecting Eungella and Finch Hatton.
Realising the benefits to the local economy, council adopted the Mackay Region Mountain Bike Strategy in February 2019.
The Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails could comprise of a 100km network of mountain bike trails spanning from Eungella to Finch Hatton in the picturesque Pioneer Valley.
There is potential for international standard trails to navigate through the tropical rainforests of the Eungella National Park and the Crediton State Forest and could provide visitors with over three days of riding experiences.
Both Eungella and Finch Hatton would act as trail towns, the key service hubs for the trails, and could offer starting/finishing points and additional support services such as accommodation, food and eateries, shuttle services and supporting infrastructure.
The Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails could include the construction of the international standard trail network, capable of hosting world-class events and ancillary infrastructure such as trail heads, car parking, toiletries and recreation facilities. It is estimated that the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails and nearby infrastructure would cost between $8.8 to $11.6 million to construct.