The Warburton Mountain Bike Destination: it’s too big . . .

Warburton in the Upper Yarra Valley is proposed to be ‘The Mountain Bike Capital of Australia’ with 160+ kms of single lane mountain bike trails and 165,000 mountain bike tourists per year and many other developments that will turn our area into a Mountain Bike Theme Park.
More information about the project

Warburton Mountain Bike Destination – Our Concerns

The major concerns about this project are that such large numbers of mountain biking tourists will cause:

  • traffic & parking problems
  • strain on infrastructure
  • strain on our emergency services, already stretched beyond capacity
  • problems with evacuation in the event of fires
  • lighting of fires by tourists in our highly fire prone home
  • dominance of a mountain biking culture to the detriment of other subcultures
  • loss of a close knit local community, replaced by a tourist culture
  • loss of permanent accommodation to B&B and AirBnB
  • stress to wildlife, both animal and plant
  • destruction of bush for trails, both legal and illegal
  • damage to heritage structures
  • loss of amenity to other recreational users of the bush
  • dumping of rubbish by tourists

More information about the issues

What is in the second stage?

Current Problems with Mountain Bikers

Mountain bikers have also:

  • used trails that are designated walkers only even when their presence is especially dangerous to them (especially the Backstairs track that has been abandoned by many walkers because of it and is seriously eroded)
  • built illegal tracks
  • destroyed vegetation
  • caused erosion
  • physically threatened and verbally abuse walkers
  • hoon around on our back roads while shuttling
  • build jumps into their trails
  • use heritage structures as jumps and obstacles
Warburton Mountain Bike Destination
View from Mt Little Joe where many of the mountain bike trails will be built.

2 thoughts on “The Warburton Mountain Bike Destination: it’s too big . . .

  1. I think this is destruction of our local history. The back stairs track. Cuts along and through the original Lady houpton gold mine site. And has rubbed out with human occupation all existing evidence. There is many sites of significance in our area. And your new trails will ruin many sites unknown to most. This is disappointing to our gold mining heritage. And disrespectful. Shining star mine. And it’s water race’s. And small community sites dotted through our mountain’s. No MTB track in Warburton. These sites should be protected buy government not allowed to be cut through. And how people can allow this to happen. With complete disregard is beyond my own logic. This is Australian history. The beginning of our story happened here. Keep out!!!


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