new guided mountain bike tours, with riders able to stop at beaches for a swim and spot dolphins or koalas along the way.
Launched this month by cycling enthusiast and local Mick Shaw, Port Stephens Mountain Bike Adventures offers guided tours ranging from relaxing ambles to more challenging rides along bush trails leading to deserted ocean beaches.
A two-hour Scenic Coastal Tour offers an easy 10km ride along beachside cycleways from Corlette towards Shoal Bay while a harder, four-hour National Park Trails ride stretches for 27km, taking in undulating, sometimes bumpy fire trails snaking behind ‘secret’, rarely visited ocean beaches like Box Beach and Wreck Beach on the way to Fingal Bay.
Ideal for leisure visitors or corporate groups seeking a team-building challenge, the rides offer the chance to explore Port Stephens from a different perspective and at a slower rate, with riders able to spot, dolphins, whales, koalas, kangaroos, goannas and kookaburras along the way.
The Port Stephens rides are also perfect for families, with children aged 12 and over able to hop on the sturdy, easy-to-use bikes.
The two-hour Scenic Coastal Tour is available from $50 per person or $160 for a family of four. The four-hour National Park Trails ride is priced from $70 per person or $225 for a family of four. Water is included and tours run year-round.
Specialised training and fitness rides, skills training and group rates are also available.