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Activity - Mountain Bikes in The Pine Forest

Looking for a fun, free family activity while you are staying in the Margaret River Area?  Why not take the kids to The Pines mountain bike area.  There are a variety of trails to suit all skill levels through picturesque pine forest, a perfect way to work up an appetite before lunching at one of the many wineries or breweries on your way back to Four Elements.

mtb boys riding smallThe Pine mountain bike trail area is located in Pine forest managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation, and is maintained by the Margaret River Off Road Cycle Association.  There are kilometres of trails through the pine forest with separate courses designed for different skill levels.  It is an area used by both families with children and the more seriously competitive mountain biker, but there is a great sharing atmosphere.  It is also close to the longer Rails to Trails bike tracks which are an ongoing project to link Busselton to Augusta with a bike trail along the old timber railway line.  We will cover sections of this trail in future articles.

You will need

Bikes, our boys ride various sizes of bikes, mountain bikes are ideal but not mtb trail sign smallessential on the easier courses. Some refreshments, and appropriate clothing.  It is a really shady spot so sun cream is not as high a priority as it might be in more exposed locations.    A little first aid gear (bandaids) helps when the kids take some skin off a hand or elbow.

Location

The Pines is located in an area bounded by Carters Road to the South and Bussell Highway to the East, approximately 2.8km North of Margaret River it is a twenty minute drive from Four Elements.  It is easily accessible by two wheel drive vehicles, with graded gravel tracks in the forest area.

mtb pines entry smallDirections

Leaving Four Elements, zero your trip meter and turn right onto Johnson Rd.  Right again onto Pusey Rd at the end of Johnson.  Follow Pusey along its winding course, it will become Harmans Mill Road, continue until you reach the T intersection with Bussell Hwy.  Turn right onto Bussell Hwy heading toward Cowaramup and beyond that Margaret River.  At about the 24 km mark you will pass Osmington Rd on your left, about 1km further on you need to turn right onto the gravel access track, we have taken a photo of the turn off as it appears from the car.  If you pass the Margaret River Airstrip access road on the left you have gone too far.  Once on the track follow it South, it will turn West, cross a creek and start heading up hill.  One of our favourite circuits with the kids is called Noodle Bowl, to get there take the 2nd left after you cross the creek and then the second right.  You will see bike tracks either side of the road and MRORCA orange signs naming tracks.

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You need to know

The MRORCA has placed a number of informational signs (see our photo) that have a map of the circuits, explain the codes of practice and difficulty ratings.  You should have a read,  probably the most important thing to know is that the tracks have marked direction of travel - this avoids nasty head on near misses.  Also sharing the trail is the big deal.  For a map of the trails as a pdf click here

The Return Trip

On the way back to Four Elements you could pop into Margaret River for lunch from one of the bakeries or cafes, or for a sit down meal Three Oceans, or Bootleg Brewery both have a fmaily friendly environment.  Also you will be driving past the Margaret River Cheese Factory, Margaret River Nuts and Muesli, Silk Road silk farm, Margaret River Chocolate Factory and Providore.  All are worth stopping in for a look and a sample.