Mountain biking in Margaret River – 5 trails to try for all levels

Mountain biking in Margaret River – 5 trails to try for all levels

Mountain biking in Margaret River adds another whole new dimension to this incredible region. Margaret River has a rapidly growing number of bike trails throughout the region and no matter what your level, exploring the region on two (dirty) wheels, is an awesome way to explore the natural beauty of the southwest.

Whether you’re after a leisurely pace,  a family ride with the kids or chasing an adrenaline-fuelled adventure, there’s a Margaret River mountain bike trail for you.

Below I’ve covered some of the more accessible mountain bike trails in Margaret River. These are all easily found and achievable.

I also highly recommend a pit stop at the Hairy Marron Mountain Bike Cafe on Bussel Highway. Find a great caffeine fix, bike repair and hire at this very friendly shop on Bussel Highway just near the Rotary Park.

Margaret River Mountain Bike Trails

The Pines and Compartment 10

Location: Carter Road, approximately 2.5 km west from Margaret River township

Difficulty: Beginner to Advanced

The Pines Trails and the new Compartment 10 trails are located off Carter Road northwest of Margaret River in the Wooditjup National Park. The trails are in easy reach from the town centre either by bike or car.

The area consists of multiple single-track loop trails that are suitable for all level riders. For beginners and kids, the green marked trails provide a fantastic ride through the forest to give a real off-road biking feel.

More competitive riders will get their thrills on the blue trails that offer a more technical ride with tabletop jumps, flow and big berms.

The trails are marked with signage to guide the way. All are loop trails and will take you back to the carpark on Carter Road.

Mountain biking Margaret River

Choose your own adventure on the Margaret River Mountain Bike Trails. Take it easy like we did here or challenge yourself to a more difficult trail.

The Creek Trails

Location: Carter Road, as above but on the southern side of Carter Road. Also accessible from Rotary Park.

Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced

The Creek Bike Trails are on the south side of Carter Road and provide a more challenging set of single trail rides.

Most of the trails are classified blue and suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. However, all trails need technical skills and there’s some steep terrain and rock gardens to knock you off your socks.

Ten Mile Brook Bike Trail

Ten Mile Big Brook Dam Trail

Leisurely ride to the Ten Mile Big Brook Dam

Location: Start at the Rotary Park on Bussel Highway

Ten Mile Brooke Bike Trail is a beautiful 15km loop that meanders along Margaret River and through the stunning forest. This is a great ride to do with the whole family or cruise along at your own pace.

On a warm day, bring your swimsuit as there are some lovely spots to cool off in the river along the way.

Wadandi Track

Location: Witchcliffe to Margaret River and Cowaramup

Formerly known as the Rails to Trails, the Wadandi Track is a great way to enjoy off-road cycling without a technical challenge.

The trail is a lovely way to see the scenery and historic sights from the former Busselton to Flinders Railway. The trail also traverses through farmlands, forests and vineyards with plenty of great places to stop for refreshments and lunch.

Boranup Forest

Location: Boranup Forest, off Caves Road and Boranup Drive, approximately 20 km south of Margaret River township

Boranup Forest is one of the most scenic places in the Margaret River and there’s simply no better way to experience these towering giants of the Karri forest than cruising through on two wheels.

The Boranup trails form part of the Cape to Cape Mountain Bike race and you can experience them at your own pace or turn it up a notch for a more thrilling adventure.

Margaret River Mountain Bike Hire

For all your bike needs include bike repairs, service and bike hire drop in at the very friendly Hairy Marron Bike Shop and Cafe.

The Hairy Marron has very good quality mountain bikes for hire. Bikes can be rented for half days, full-day or multiple days.

The Hairy marron is located off-Bussel Highway on the northern entry of Margaret River Township and adjacent to Rotary Park.

Margaret River Mountain Biking

Departure point from the Hairy Maron Cafe.

Margaret River Mountain Bike Tours

Margaret River has excellent bike tours on offer.

Dirty Detours have been operating in the region for years and offer a variety of bike tours in the Margaret River region to cater for all riders and abilities. See tour options here.

Top Tips

Leave no trace – take the motto ‘leave no trace’ on all your biking adventures. Enjoy the incredible natural beauty and pick up any rubbish you see.

Bring water and supplies – there are usually no water fountains along the trail. Therefore take plenty of drinking water or a camelback backpack to stay hydrated.

Don’t count on mobile phone coverage – many areas have very little mobile phone coverage.

Bring a map (always) – it’s easy to get lost even if the trail is marked. You can download a trails app, get GPS that works without internet coverage, take a photo of the trail sign before you take off or go old-fashioned with a paper map.

Safety first – ride with a buddy or let someone know where you’re going.



  1. […] Dirty Detours organises biking tours and will take you to some of the best spots that only locals know. See this blog post for more details. […]

  2. […] Alternatively, for a more thrilling experience, hit the Boranup Forest Mountain Bike Trail. […]

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