Words and photos: Colin Levitch

Mountain bike tourism in Australia is no joke, and nowadays you can’t walk across the baggage claim at Launceston airport without tripping over at least three bike bags headed for Blue Derby. Aiming to catch the wave of destination riding, rural centers are starting to capitalize on traveling mountain bikers itching to explore trails around the country.

One such rural center is Orange, NSW. Know for apples, stone fruits, and wineries, there are two developed trail networks at Kinross and Lake Canobolas, with locals hoping to build legal singletrack onto the 1395m Mount Canobolas.

Over the holiday period, we caught up with the Orange MTB club, who gave us a tour of the trails at Lake Canobolas and filled us in on their goals for the area.