Finch Hatton MTB

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Mackay Regional Council is building approximately 95 kilometres of single-direction mountain bike trails in the picturesque Pioneer Valley, Finch Hatton and Eungella.

Due to the scale of the network, the network is being built in stages.

Stage one is expected to be completed this year and includes a purpose-built trailhead site, pump track and 14.5 kilometres of airflow trails in Finch Hatton.

Stage two, will be an 82-kilometre network that spans from Eungella to Finch Hatton and takes in Australia's longest stretch of subtropical rainforest. Planning and investigation works are underway and will continue until 2025. Construction is forecast to commence in 2026.

The network will be built to international standards and capable of hosting world-class events.

Mayor Greg Williamson said this project will put the Mackay region on the leisure tourism map and attract visitors from every corner of the world.

“Imagine pedalling through amazing landscapes, exploring trails of varying degrees and finishing up in the townships of Finch Hatton and Eungella and enjoying a cold beverage. It’s the perfect backdrop for any mountain bike rider,” Cr Williamson said.

The townships of both Eungella and Finch Hatton will act as key service hubs for the trails and offer starting/finishing points and additional ancillary services, such as accommodation, food and eateries, shuttle services and supporting infrastructure.

When fully operational, our mountain bike trails network is estimated to generate:

  • An additional 31,000 annual visitors, including 5,000 international riders
  • An additional $18.1M in visitor spending
  • More than 110 full-time equivalent jobs
  • Improved awareness of Eungella and the Pioneer Valley as a tourism destination.

Download the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails investment prospectus

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Mackay Regional Council is building approximately 95 kilometres of single-direction mountain bike trails in the picturesque Pioneer Valley, Finch Hatton and Eungella.

Due to the scale of the network, the network is being built in stages.

Stage one is expected to be completed this year and includes a purpose-built trailhead site, pump track and 14.5 kilometres of airflow trails in Finch Hatton.

Stage two, will be an 82-kilometre network that spans from Eungella to Finch Hatton and takes in Australia's longest stretch of subtropical rainforest. Planning and investigation works are underway and will continue until 2025. Construction is forecast to commence in 2026.

The network will be built to international standards and capable of hosting world-class events.

Mayor Greg Williamson said this project will put the Mackay region on the leisure tourism map and attract visitors from every corner of the world.

“Imagine pedalling through amazing landscapes, exploring trails of varying degrees and finishing up in the townships of Finch Hatton and Eungella and enjoying a cold beverage. It’s the perfect backdrop for any mountain bike rider,” Cr Williamson said.

The townships of both Eungella and Finch Hatton will act as key service hubs for the trails and offer starting/finishing points and additional ancillary services, such as accommodation, food and eateries, shuttle services and supporting infrastructure.

When fully operational, our mountain bike trails network is estimated to generate:

  • An additional 31,000 annual visitors, including 5,000 international riders
  • An additional $18.1M in visitor spending
  • More than 110 full-time equivalent jobs
  • Improved awareness of Eungella and the Pioneer Valley as a tourism destination.

Download the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails investment prospectus

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  • Project update #72 - October 16, 2023

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    Be one of the first to see our new brand!

    Mackay Regional Council is inviting community members and stakeholders to join them for the exiting reveal of the Finch Hatton Mountain Bike Trails brand.

    The new brand is the result of significant research, analysis, and consultation to position and create an identity for the mountain bike trail network for the future. It presents an opportunity to build awareness of and showcase our extraordinary destination and the experience offering for visitors from near and afar.

    The project team will provide insights into the development, design and the positioning of the brand - who we are, what we stand for, and how we look and feel.

    Launch Details:
    Monday, November 13
    9am to 10am
    Finch Hatton RSL

    Online registration is required. Please click here to register.

    Registrations close on Sunday, November 5.

    Should you have any questions about the launch, please contact council's Senior Economic Development Officer, Grier Williamson, on (07) 4961 9099 or Grier.Williamson@mackay.qld.gov.au.

  • Project update #71 - October 3, 2023

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    Seeking shuttle operators!

    As excitement builds with stage one of the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails project to be completed by the end of this year, council is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified/experienced personnel to provide mountain bike shuttle services to and from the top of the trails along the stage 1 shuttle access road.

    A limited number of operators will be approved to provide this service.

    Those interested must register under QTenders to download and view the tender documents. It is free to register.

    Visit - https://qtenders.epw.qld.gov.au/ or www.mackay.qld.gov.au/tenders

    Expressions of interest close Tuesday, October 17.

  • Project update #70 - September 21, 2023

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    Finch Hatton pump track taking shape!

    Council's pump track at the Finch Hatton mountain bike trailhead site is taking shape. Watch this short video to see the progress.


  • Project update #69 - September 18, 2023

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    Register today for community update sessions!

    Mackay Regional Council will be holding two Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails community update sessions in October.

    One session will be held in Eungella to provide an update on the planning and investigation works for stage two. A second session will be held in Finch Hatton to update the community on the progress of stage one works and the official opening.

    Session details:

    Eungella community update session
    Date: Monday, October 9, 2023
    Time: 5.30pm to 7pm
    Venue: Eungella Hub
    Session information: Update on the planning and investigation works for stage two and a brief update on stage one works and the official opening)

    Click here to register.

    Finch Hatton community update session
    Date: Monday, October 23, 2023
    Time: 5.30pm to 7pm
    Venue: Finch Hatton Showground Hall
    Session information: Update on stage one works and the official opening. Brief update on stage two investigation works)

    Click here to register.

    If you cannot attend the session, the presentation will be made available on council's Connecting Mackay website.

  • Project update #68 - September 12, 2023

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    Save the date - community update sessions in October!

    Council will be holding two Pioneer Valley mountain bike trail community update sessions in October.

    One session will be held in Eungella to provide an update on the planning and investigation works for stage two. A second session will be held in Finch Hatton to update the community on the progress of stage one works and the official opening.

    Details are below:

    Eungella community update session
    Date: Monday, October 9, 2023
    Time: 5.30pm to 7pm
    Venue: The Eungella Hub
    Session information: Update on the planning and investigation works for stage two and brief update on stage one works and the official opening.

    Finch Hatton community update session
    Date: Monday, October 23, 2023
    Time: 5.30pm to 7pm
    Venue: Finch Hatton Showground Hall
    Session information: Update on stage one works and the official opening. Brief update on stage two investigation works.

    Further details will be provided closer to the event.

    If you cannot attend the session, the presentation will be made available on council’s Connecting Mackay website.

  • Project update #67 - August 21, 2023

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    Exciting Christmas present on its way!

    Works are progressing well on stage one of council's world-class mountain bike trails project. All three components - the 13.5 kilometres of airflow trails, the pump track and trailhead site are on track to be completed before Christmas. Click here to see the progress.

  • Project update #66 - August 9, 2023

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    Contractor World Trails will be flying drones today and tomorrow in the hills behind Finch Hatton to gather aerial footage of the progress of the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails.

    Stage one of this exciting project is well underway with 13.5km of airflow trails, a pump track and a trailhead site expected to be completed before Christmas.

    Should you have any questions about these works, please contact council’s Community Engagement team on 1300 MACKAY (622 529).
  • Project update #65 - August 8, 2023

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    Free regional placemaking workshops

    Do you have an idea for a creative project that could benefit your area?
    Learn how to make your ideas a reality at one of council's four free workshops:

    • Sarina - Wednesday, August 16
      5.15pm to 8pm at The Roots Cafe, 46 Broad Street
    • Mackay city - Thursday, August 17
      8am to 10.30am at Gallery 31
    • Pioneer Valley - Thursday, August 17
      5.15pm to 8pm at Badila Art Gallery
    • Northern Beaches - Friday, August 18
      9am to 11.30am at Northern Beaches Bowls Club

    What to expect:

    • Participate in a 2.5-hour interactive session.
    • Learn about placemaking techniques and strategy.
    • Get inspired by unique case studies from across Australia and beyond.
    • Explore your community's identity and discover opportunities for placemaking that leverage your unique assets.
    • Workshop your idea with fellow passionate community members.

    Bookings are essential. Register at mackay.qld.gov.au/workshops.

    For more information contact council's Art Development Officer Lara Russell on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or email lara.russell@mackay.qld.gov.au.

    This project will focus on placemaking across the entire Mackay region. The Pioneer Valley session is separate to the ongoing placemaking and public realm work related to the Pioneer Valley mountain bike trail project and the Finch Hatton streetscape revitalisation.

  • Project update #64 - August 8, 2023

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    Audit of tourist attractions in the Pioneer Valley!

    In preparation for the opening of our Finch Hatton mountain bike trails project, council’s Economic Development team is completing an audit of tourism experiences in the Pioneer Valley to promote to our future visitors.

    If you can think of any walks, tracks and trails that have potential to become a tourist attraction with a few tweaks (signage or maintenance) or any activities, adventure, leisure, arts and craft, or food trails, that are happening now or about to be launched, please send your feedback to council’s Senior Economic Development Officer Nele Hahne at nele.hahne@mackay.qld.gov.au or call (07) 4961 9104 by Monday, August 21.

  • Project update #63 - August 4, 2023

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    Intersection works on Mackay-Eungella Road!

    For the next eight weeks, council will be completing intersection works on Mackay-Eungella Road for the Finch Hatton Trailhead site.

    As a result, temporary traffic lights will be in place to direct the single lane traffic through the work area.

    Motorists are encouraged to follow all roadside signage in place.

    Should you have any questions about these works, please contact the site supervisor, Aaron Barnes on 0484 518 439.

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