Rockhampton Mountain Bike Trails
When it comes to mountain bike trails, Rockhampton is blessed to be surrounded by mountain ranges with picturesque creeks and bushland right on our doorstep.
Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club manages two networks of trails.
In the foothills abutting Mount Archer National Park, First Turkey Mountain Bike Reserve hugs the north-side suburbs of Norman Gardens and Frenchville, and is our premier trail network.
A ten minute drive east towards Yeppoon, Seeonee Park at Limestone Creek is our second trail network and is a popular training ground for XC riders to work on their endurance.
Club and regional competitions, as well as social rides, are held at both MTB parks every year. You can check out our race calendar for upcoming events.
Included in the details of each trail is a symbol to indicate its degree of difficulty. We use the standard symbols as defined in the IMBA Trail Difficulty Rating System:
(Green Circle) Easy
(Blue Square) Intermediate
(Black Diamond) Difficult
(Double Black Diamond) Extreme
399 YEPPOON ROAD, LIMESTONE CREEK
(Between Access 4 & 5)
The club uses the Seeonee Park trails to host several cross-country races throughout the year.
Scouts Queensland owns Seeonee Park and allows Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club limited access.
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First Turkey Mountain Bike Reserve
249 GERMAN STREET, NORMAN GARDENS
Just a 15 minute drive from the Rockhampton City CBD, the First Turkey trails weave past the popular summer swimming holes at Moore’s Creek then rise up into the hills.
First Turkey provides a fantastic array of Gravity Enduro and Cross Country trails through diverse terrain to suit all levels and types of riders. The trails at First Turkey are open 24/7 except after heavy rain.
TRAILS & HUBS (alphabetical)
1995 ◈ First Turkey
1995 is one of the original downhill trails at First Turkey and regularly features in Gravity Enduro competitions. A black diamond trail with a rating of difficult, 1995 is suited for very experienced riders only. Like all of our downhill trails, 1995 is strictly one-way and walking up the trail is not allowed. To ride 1995, head up to Turkey’s Nest via Finley’s or you can also come across from Lighthouse via Upper Pig.
[ 1995 on Trailforks ]
Ant’s Nest ◈ First Turkey
At 214 metres elevation, Ant’s Nest is the highest altitude hub at First Turkey. It was opened in late 2017. Located at the top of Jackhammer, Ant’s Nest is a popular hub for riders to catch their breath before shooting down their choice of enduro trails – Megatron, Smokescreen or K-9. Ant’s Nest can be reached by climbing Jackhammer or via the Wundali traverse from Turkeys Nest.
Bush Chook Donut ◈ First Turkey
Formerly Zamia Plateau (too many trails with ‘Zamia’ in their name) Bush Chook Donut is one of the original green trails in First Turkey. Bush Chook Donut was rebuilt in 2017, along with the trail ends of 1995 and Scrub Turkey. Bush Chook Donut forms a loop which runs off Horseshoe. It’s a great trail for beginners and also a fun warm-up for more experienced riders.
[ Zamia Plateau on Trailforks ]
Cactus ◈ First Turkey
Built in late 2016, Cactus is a one-way downhill trail. It has fast become one of the most popular tracks at First Turkey and is a feature trail for Gravity Enduro competitions. Named for an ominous crop of prickly pear on one of the sweeping berms, Cactus begins at the Lighthouse hub and features plenty of drops, berms and jumps. You can climb to the Lighthouse via Wild Pig from Moore’s Creek, or ride across from Turkey’s Nest via Finley’s and Upper Pig.
[ Cactus on Trailforks ]
Creek Link ◈ First Turkey
After a fun day shredding down Whip Snake and Cactus, why take the boring path home? Instead, head up the short rise along Creek Link which forks off the Moore’s Creek track. Creek Link marks the start of a five minute detour of high-speed XC awesomeness through the low trails on your way back to the German Street trail head.
This short and zippy track hooks into the bottom of Finley’s then blasts into Horseshoe for some tight twitchy trails and gully crossings before descending madly down to the creek. As you hurtle into the left turn that T-bones the Low Road, you’ll test your tyres, brakes, suspension and courage – and maybe question the width of your handlebars 🙂
Then it’s on to the super-fast clay straight along the creek. As smooth as silk, the Low Road boasts some of the fastest speeds recorded at First Turkey and will have you grinning from ear to ear. Finally, a quick veer to the right drops you down onto Zara’s Crossing and you’re on you way back to the German Street car park.
Seriously, the Creek Link-Horseshoe detour will only add minutes to your big day out but it’s a brilliant way to end every ride.
[ Creek Link on Trailforks ]
Enzo’s Link ◈ First Turkey
Named for the previous club president’s trail dog, Enzo’s Link is a connector trail between Finley’s and Scrub Turkey. This shortcut has a couple of cool little trail features to challenge new riders, and is often used in races to provide a shorter circuit for novice and junior riders.
[ Enzo’s Link on Trailforks ]
Finley’s ◈ First Turkey
Rising 93 metres over its 2.4 km length, Finley’s is an extremely popular trail with a 4% gradient that climbs from Moore’s Creek to the hub at Turkey’s Nest. Riding up Finley’s is a good warm-up to get your day started with plenty of tight switchbacks and single track through native bushland, plus the occasional turkey leaping out of the scrub to keep you on your toes.
When you reach Turkey’s Nest, you can descend via Scrub Turkey or 1995. You can also head west along Wundali for the popular enduro trails via Ant’s Nest, or take the eastward hand-built trail through dense bush to Lighthouse for some fun flow trail descents.
[ Finley’s on Trailforks ]
Guthrie Link ◈ First Turkey
Guthrie Link is a quick access trail connecting the German Street trail-head with lower Jackhammer. It also connects with the access trail off Guthrie Street, Frenchville. One of the original hand-built trails at First Turkey, Guthrie Link is reached via Zara’s Crossing then a sharp turn right after crossing Moore’s Creek.
Hanging Rock ◈ First Turkey
At the top of the first climb up Horseshoe, Hanging Rock forks up the hillside towards Guthrie Hub.
Named for the ominous boulder that seems to hang impossibly off the side of a turn in the trail, Hanging Rock is a fast and twisty connector trail that links Horseshoe to the base of Jackhammer.
A popular green trail, Hanging Rock features frequently in XC races and social rides. About half way along its length, Two Up forks up higher into the hills providing an alternative route onto Jackhammer.
[ Hanging Rock on Trailforks ]
Horseshoe ◈ First Turkey
Horseshoe is a fun XC trail that runs above Moore’s Creek. Arguably the busiest trail in the whole First Turkey reserve, Horseshoe serves as a connector trail between the bottom of Finley’s and the trail head at German Street. Zamia Plateau and Hanging Rock also fork off Horseshoe. Additionally, several enduro trails end on Horseshoe including Scrub Turkey and 1995 at the Finley’s end, and Megatron, K-9 and Smoke Screen at the Rusty Bike hub.
Horseshoe begins near the car park, then crosses the creek at Zara’s Crossing. It continues left once across the creek, or you can turn right onto Guthrie Link for a short steep hand-built climb to the bottom of Jackhammer.
During your day out at First Turkey, you’ll probably find yourself on Horseshoe a lot. Aside from being a connector trail, it’s a fun traverse just on its own with switchbacks, bridges, and gullies to hone your XC skills.
[ Horseshoe on Trailforks ]
Jackhammer ◈ First Turkey
Built in May 2017, Jackhammer is the longest and tallest climb in the First Turkey trail network, rising to 203 metres elevation over its 3.1 km length. Jackhammer begins at the Guthrie Street trail-head and climbs to Ant’s Nest. From the top you can descend three enduro trails, Megatron, K-9, or Smokescreen. You can also take the Wundali traverse across to Turkey’s Nest.
If you are riding your bike to First Turkey, you can come in through Guthrie Street, Frenchville which brings you out at the base of Jackhammer. There is no parking in the area though, so don’t drive there. Instead park at the main German Street trail-head at German Street then ascend Jackhammer via Hanging Rock or Guthrie Link.
[ Jackhammer on Trailforks ]
K-9 ◈ First Turkey
Top to bottom hang on and keep your wits about you because K-9 can bite. K-9 is a one-way downhill trail. It begins at Ant’s Nest hub and runs down to the Rusty Bike hub on Horseshoe. You can reach reach K-9 via Jackhammer or ride across the Wundali traverse from Turkey’s Nest.
Leper’s Leap ◈ First Turkey
Leper’s Leap is a double black diamond downhill trail with a rating of Extreme. It is a thing of legend and fear, an absolute beast with huge rocky drops that demands your respect. Do not ride this trail unless you are an extremely competent downhill rider and definitely never ride it alone.
Like all our downhill trails, Leper’s Leap is strictly one way. Attempting to walk up the trail is not permitted (or physically possible). To ride Leper’s Leap, ascend to Turkey’s Nest via Finley’s, or you can also come across from Lighthouse via Upper Pig.
[ Lepers Leap on Trailforks ]
Lighthouse Hub ◈ First Turkey
Opened in late 2016, the Lighthouse hub is a popular stop for riders to meet up or catch their breath before the next downhill run. From Lighthouse, you can descend several enduro trails including Whip Snake, Cactus, and Lower Whitey. Lighthouse has a concrete standing area with seats plus a hanger rack to park your bike. There are no amenities so you will need to bring your own food and water. Shade is courtesy of whatever the trees and clouds provide on the day. The main feeder trail into Lighthouse is Wild Pig coming up from Moore’s Creek. You can also ride across from Turkey’s Nest via Upper Pig.
Trivia: the hub is named after the discovery of fragments of an old Lighthouse-brand cast iron stove that was found here, which according to some late night Googling is 80 – 120 years old. The surrounding area was once quarried for stone plus supported a number of small farms. The stove along with the concrete slab and other domestic debris found in the scrub nearby suggest this was once the site of a farm house or quarry worker’s cottage.
Related story: The Lighthouse Hub is haunted
Megatron ◈ First Turkey
Megatron starts at the Ant’s Nest hub and is a 2 kilometre-long mega flow trail descending from the top of Jackhammer down to the Rusty Bike hub on Horseshoe 190 metres below. Super fun! You can reach the top of Megatron via Jackhammer or traverse across Wundali from Turkey’s Nest.
[ Megatron on Trailforks ]
Moore’s Creek Trail ◈ First Turkey
Essentially a service road, the Moore’s Creek Trail provides general access to the the eastern end of the First Turkey trail network. It is mainly used to access Wild Pig up to the Lighthouse hub and it’s two downhill trails, Cactus and Whip Snake. When using this track, please be aware that it is a multi-purpose trail also used by walkers and emergency vehicles. In the warmer months, it can get very busy with families hiking to the swimming holes, so please treat other users with courtesy.
[ Moore’s Creek Trail on Trailforks ]
Rusty Bike Hub ◈ First Turkey
Rusty Bike is a popular pit-stop along the Horseshoe trail for riders who’ve descended the trails from Ant’s Nest, or to catch your breath before climbing Finley’s or Scrub Turkey. Megatron, K-9, and Smoke Screen all end at Rusty Bike. Just east of the hub, you can access the Bush Chook Donut loop, and just west you can climb Horseshoe to Jackhammer.
Scrub Turkey ◈ First Turkey
Tight switchbacks, slippy corners and rocky outcrops make Scrub Turkey a fun filled ride. Scrub Turkey is a two-way trail, accessible from Horseshoe at the bottom and Turkey’s Nest from the top.
[ Scrub Turkey on Trailforks ]
Smoke Screen ◈ First Turkey
more info to come.
[ Smoke Screen on Trailforks ]
Sunset Trail ◈ First Turkey
Sunset Trail starts at the trail head at German Street. Ideal for novices, Sunset Trail is an enjoyable five minute warm up ride alongside Moore’s Creek. A new concrete floodway crosses the creek which marks the beginning of the First Turkey trail network.
[ Sunset Trail on Trailforks ]
Think Tank ◈ First Turkey
more info to come.
[ Think Tank on Trailforks ]
Turkey’s Nest ◈ First Turkey
Turkey’s Nest is the original ‘main hub’ at First Turkey and at 156 metres elevation is one of the highest, second only to Ant’s Nest. From Turkey’s Nest, you can get just about anywhere at First Turkey. The view is pretty special too. The easiest way to reach Turkey’s Nest is up Finley’s, or if you’re feeling super fit, have a go at climbing Scrub Turkey.
Once at the top, you can descend either of those trails or if you’re looking for some downhill thrills, try 1995, Upper Whitey, or Leper’s Leap. If tight and technical is more your style, head along Upper Pig which will bring you out at the Lighthouse hub. You can also traverse over to Ant’s Nest via Wundali and then descend several enduro trails including Megatron, K-9, and Smoke Screen. Turkey’s Nest is a good sized bush clearing with seats and decent rocks to sit on plus pretty good tree coverage for shade.
Two Up ◈ First Turkey
Pick a granny gear and suck it up. 800 metres long with 61 metres elevation, Two-Up is a steep one-way uphill track that ascends from Horseshoe to an intersection midway up Jackhammer. Two-Up cuts out a big chunk of the longer climb up Jackhammer but will leave your lungs and legs on fire. You choose – short and steep or long and slack.
[ Two-Up on Trailforks ]
Whip Snake ◈ First Turkey
Whitey ◈ First Turkey
more info to come.
[ Whitey on Trailforks ]
Wild Pig ◈ First Turkey
Wild Pig is a winding trail through dense native bushland that rises from the Zamia Trail hub to the Lighthouse hub. Once at the top, you can descend Cactus or Whip Snake, or continue climbing to Turkey’s Nest. Wild Pig was reworked in late 2016 to make for an easier climb, however if you want a shorter steeper climb, the old trail nicknamed ‘Cannonball’ is still there. Be aware however that the latter is basically just an old service road and not regularly maintained by the club.
[ Wild Pig on Trailforks ]
Zamia Trail Hub ◈ First Turkey
Zamia Trail hub lies at the end of the Moore’s Creek Trail. From the hub you can ascend to the Lighthouse hub via Wild Pig, or continue on to Turkey’s Nest. The flow trail, Whip Snake ends at Zamia Trail hub which come together to form a popular training loop with a hub at top and bottom.
Zara’s Crossing ◈ First Turkey
Part of the Horseshoe trail, Zara’s Crossing is the first access over Moore’s Creek. and probably the most common entry point into the reserve. The causeway is narrow and handmade from rock and earth, and washes away whenever Moore’s Creek floods, so be careful after heavy rain.