A new era for the Far South Coast visitor economy is off and racing with 88 kilometres of world-class mountain bike trails now officially open to the public.
The $4.1 million Narooma Mountain Bike Hub project, co-funded by the Australian and NSW Governments under the Local Economic Recovery program, has delivered an additional 58 kilometres of new trails and a trail head carpark at its base in Bodalla State Forest.
The new trails will play a pivotal role in supporting the recovery of Black Summer bushfire affected businesses and communities and are predicted to generate an extra 65,000 visitors to the region.
Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Kristy McBain MP, told East Coast Radio the new trails provide yet another reason for people to visit the South East.
“Mountain bike riding and cycle tourism continues to go from strength to strength in Eden-Monaro, which is why it’s fantastic to add 55 additional kilometres of new single-lane tracks to the existing 30 kilometres in Bodalla State Forest – which means we now have 250 kilometres of new trails across Narooma, Eden and Mogo,” Ms McBain said.
“The new trails means people will be visiting the site and the region, new businesses will be opening, and we know that mountain bike tourism is increasing across the country and this puts our coastline front and centre as one of the greatest mountain biking paths of all time,” she continued.
“We’ve got tracks coming online in Mogo, we’ve got tracks in Narooma, Tathra, Eden and more broadly across the Eden-Monaro, in Cooma, Jyndabyne, tracks coming online in Tumbarumba, in Tumut and obviously you’ve got the tracks in Canberra as well so the South East is really setting ourselves on the path to be a world class mountain biking destination.
“The Narooma mountain bike trails are truly world class, and are a key driver of our visitor economy – with this new section to encourage more people from across NSW and the country to take advantage of everything that we have to offer, and to support our local businesses.
“The Narooma Mountain Bike Club was the first group I met with after being sworn in as a Federal Member in 2020, and I want to thank them – particularly, their founder Georgie Staley for their fantastic work and commitment to progressing this community initiative.”
Minister for Regional NSW, Tara Moriarty, said the Bodalla State Forest has thrown its helmet in the ring as the unofficial home of thrill seekers on the Far South Coast.
“By tapping into the popularity of mountain biking, local tourist operators now have the opportunity to further promote the region as a year-round holiday destination,” Ms Moriarty said.
“This is an example of the NSW Government backing community projects that bring people together, assist tourism and encourage economic recovery.”
Images: Kristy McBain