harcourt MTB park
Harcourt mountain bike trails now open

Victoria’s newest mountain bike project – 34 kilometres of trails at Harcourt – opened at the weekend.

Funded by the State Government, the $2.5M facility caters to riders from beginners to advanced, with many technical features to keep luring riders back to explore.

The park features the granite rocks, boulders and outcrops that occur naturally in the landscape, topped off with stunning vistas.

Known as La Larr Ba Gauwa Park, the facility has everything from a leisurely beginners’ loop to long flowy cross-country rides and technically challenging trails featuring chutes, berms, drops, jumps and rock gardens.

Work on the project got underway last year, with the finishing touches and bedding down of the trails undertaken in recent months.

The park is two kilometres east of Harcourt on a former pine plantation, adjoining the Mount Alexander Regional Park.

The trail map is here.

Once you arrive in Harcourt, park your car in town and ride to La Larr Ba Gauwa via the 2 km off-road path that runs alongside Market Street and Picnic Gully Road. That will take you to the Trail Head where you’ll be able to choose from 11 trails.

There is no water in the park, so riders should be sure to take plenty. There are toilets and a meeting place.

The off-road path is asphalt within the town and granitic sand the rest of the way.

The government expects the park to become popular and drive tourism to the Harcourt township. Within the five years, the precinct is expected to attract 100,000 visitors a year and create 57 jobs in the visitor economy.

The project is also projected to spark private sector investment in bike related services and the hospitality sector.