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Where to ride in Alice Springs?

The mountain bike trails around Alice Springs are all within a short ride of the Todd Mall. Although many of the trails appear close to civilisation on a map, don't expect to find any services once you leave the trailhead, so ensure you have enough food, water and spares for your journey, and take a map with you.

The Alice Springs Walking and Cycling Map details all the routes around town and how to get to the trails, while the Alice Springs Mountain Bike Trails Map shows all of the sanctioned mountain bike trails. We'd also recommend downloading the Trailforks app.

 

1. Alice Springs Telegraph Station

A bit north of Anzac Hill, the trails on the east side of town are within the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Reserve. Made up mostly of green and blue trails, the riding here is fast, flowy and fun. The locals rave about the Pegasus trail; it's got the views, it's got big flowy berms, and it's got some fun techy features too.

2. Araluen Mountain Bike Trails

West of the CBD are the Araluen Mountain Bike Trails. Out here, the singletrack is a little more rugged, the terrain is rockier, and the trails are a bit more technical. This is also where you'll find the Hell Line, a 15km trail that goes way out, for a real outback adventure.

3. Simpsons Gap

If singletrack and suspension aren't necessarily your thing, a pedal out to Simpsons Gap will allow you to explore the spectacular landscape around Alice Springs. It's 17km one way, so make sure you bring enough water, but BBQ facilities are waiting for you out there if you're keen to cook up some bush tucker.

4. Yeperenye Trail

The newest trail around Alice Springs is the Yeperenye Trail. The 7.2km shared-use track runs between Anthwerrke/Emily Gap and Atherrke/Jessie Gap, and was constructed by more than 30 Aboriginal workers, in collaboration with local trail company, Tricky Tracks. Following the contours of the East MacDonnell Range, it's a beautiful ride that showcases the area's cultural significance.

5. Try Heli-biking

Combining a sightseeing tour and mountain biking, Alice Springs Helicopters can fly you out to three spots around the trail network. They'll drop you off with your bike at essentially the farthest points out of town, next to the trail so that you can ride back. 

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