Top Trail: Big Pine, Margaret River
Big Pine is the jewell in the crown of this great network. The seriously fast and flowy trail has lots of influences from Rotorua in New Zealand. Turn left at the bottom for a short, steep climb up to do it again. And again.
About the Trail
Located right on the edge of Margaret River town, The Pines are some of the best mountain bike trails in WA. Easy fire road climbs, fast, flowing singletrack descents, berms and fun table top jumps characterise these awesome tracks.
With the easy climbs and great fun smooth rollable trails the Pines are suitable for riders of all abilities. For the intermediate to more advanced riders there are plenty of berms to rail and table tops to jump.
You will find yourself riding back up to the middle of the forest time and time again to re-ride your favourite trails.
The trails are located just to the North of Carters Rd, which itself is the first turn to the left (west) when leaving Margaret River to the north.
There is a small car park on Carters Rd just before the rail trail crossing. Or park at the Rotary car park on the north side of town or it is not far to ride from your accommodation if staying in town - particularly if you are near the rail trail.
There is no set order to ride the trails in, and once you get a feel for the forest you will devise your own loops based on which track you prefer. A full loop is around 10km. Allow a couple of hours to explore these trails.
The area was logged in 2015. For up-to-date details on trails contact the visitor centre.
Need to Know
Margaret River and its premium wine region is the place for indulging many passions. It's the only wine region in Australia where you can hop from award-winning wineries and restaurants to stunning beaches, tall-timber forests, world-class surf breaks and ancient caves. From Perth, it's an easy 3-hour-and-20-minute drive via coast or country. Budget travellers can catch the coach that departs daily. Or, you can opt to arrive in style, taking a direct charter flight to nearby Busselton. Blessed with mild weather and abundant sunshine, Margaret River has evolved from a chilled-out surfie town into a popular base for enjoying the region's fine flavours and spectacular scenery, where rolling vineyards sit against a backdrop of ocean and forest. Producing over 15 per cent of Australia's premium wine, the tastings are top notch. And besides over 100 wineries, you'll be spoilt for choice with many fine restaurants, boutique breweries, art galleries and fresh produce, from divine cheeses to chocolate. Time your visit to coincide with the annual wine and food festivals and you'll get to savour many of these flavours in one hit. Those with a taste for adventure will find plenty to indulge in too. Known internationally as one of the best big-wave surfing locations on Earth for consistently spectacular breaks, there are over 40 top spots along Margaret River's coast, with conditions ranging from powerful reef breaks to fun beach surf. Venture inland and you'll be dwarfed by some of the world's tallest hardwood trees, and awe-struck by the longest straw stalactite on show when you plunge into Jewel Cave - one of many ancient limestone caves open to the public. More thrills can be found with rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, canoeing and whale watching tours. You might even be tempted to throw in a line and chase some snapper at one of the designated fishing spots. Your bed for the night can be as opulent or basic as your budget allows. The region boasts a fine array of luxury retreats and private beach houses, through to hotels, motels, backpackers, caravan parks and camping grounds.
Margaret River Visitor Centre
100 Bussell Highway, Margaret River Western Australia 6285, Australia
Phone: (08) 9780 5911 | www.margaretriver.com
The Margaret River Visitor Centre is headquarters for the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association, winner of the 2008 Australian Tourism Award for Visitor Information and Services. Located in one of the world’s most exciting tourism destinations the visitor centre provides extensive information and a booking service. It’s also home to the award-winning Wine Tourism Showroom where you can start a journey of discovery of Margaret River wines. The showroom is recognised as being amongst the best of its kind with extensive displays and information on the region’s wine industry and regular wine tastings. On your visit don’t forget to book a tour to the breathtakingly beautiful Lake, Jewel and Mammoth Caves and the striking Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse and the dramatic meeting point of the Southern and Indian Oceans. The Margaret River Visitor Centre is open every day 9am to 5pm, except Christmas Day when they are closed.