Outback mountain biking doesn’t mean having to make an endless trek from one remote destination to another, when you choose Cobbold Village as your preferred location. Cobbold Village has four walking tracks marked on the map, all departing and returning to the village. Distances and difficulty of each track varies and is explained below. Each track is suitable for bush walking and three of the four are approved for outback mountain biking. Please note Cobbold Village does not supply mountain bikes, so you will need to bring your own mountain bike, helmet and appropriate clothes. All guests planning to bush walk or mountain bike must sign in and out at the register, located at McDonalds Deck licensed bar and bistro. Take plenty of water, wear closed in shoes and be sun smart with a wide hat and lots of sunblock. This is for your safety.
The two shortest and easiest walks are Dell’s Lookout (2km return) and Diggers Track (2.5km return) both of which are Grade 1 difficulty. Dell’s Lookout is suitable for bush walking but not mountain biking. It crosses Bond’s Creek, offers good bird watching opportunities, passes through some typical Savannah bushland before following the road back to Cobbold Village. It’s named after Gaye Terry’s first horse. Diggers Track is named after Simon Terry’s first horse and it sweeps in a loop behind Cobbold Village, trekking towards Forsayth before following a barbed wire fence, crossing the road and follows a creek. It takes in some of the scenic savannah grasslands. Diggers Track is suitable for bush walking and mountain biking.
The Loop is a 5km return track, which is relatively easy to traverse and has a Grade 1 difficulty. It’s been planned out to provide you with the opportunity to safely explore some of the savannah lands that surround Cobbold Village. There’s lots of wildlife and birds that live here, so keep your eyes peeled and enjoy the serenity. The Loop is suitable for outback mountain biking and bush walking.
Russell’s Lookout is the most challenging of the tracks, with Grade 3 difficulty. It’s a 4.5km return journey taking you to the lookout, which provides views over Cobbold Village and the sandstone outcrops and escarpments that mark this territory. The lookout is named after Stuart Russell, one of the original surveyors in this area in 1898. The track also takes you past Chinamen Hill, so named for the small Chinese community that lived in this area in the 1880’s mining for gold. Please note this track does have a steep incline to reach the summit but is suitable for bush walking and mountain biking.
Please note when mountain biking, you will be travelling in the opposite direction of the bush walkers. Mountain bike trails start opposite the helicopter pad, go through the gate and turn right. Bush walkers depart from a gate, to the left of the workshop.
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