Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails

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Mountain biking on track for big things

Mackay Regional Council is in the design phase of the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike trails project.

A feasibility study found a world-class network of mountain bike trails in the Pioneer Valley provides a unique opportunity to grow the tourism economy and deliver a destination product that has extensive economic benefits to Finch Hatton, Eungella and the wider Mackay region.

When fully operational, the Mountain Bike Park is estimated to generate:

  • an additional 31,000 annual visitors, including 5,000 international riders
  • an additional $18M annual economic benefit in the Mackay region
  • an additional 110.4 FTE jobs
  • significant construction and ongoing job opportunities
  • improved national and international awareness of Eungella and the Pioneer Valley as a tourism destination
  • an opportunity to capture a market segment of one of the fastest-growing sports in the world.

About the project

The Mountain Bike Park will comprise of a 100km network of single-direction mountain bike trails that caters for all levels of riders and provides visitors with the opportunity to navigate through Australia’s longest stretch of lush subtropical rainforest, Eungella National Park to Crediton State Forest.

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.

The Mountain Bike Park project includes the construction of the international standard trail network, capable of hosting world-class events, and ancillary infrastructure, such as trailheads, car parking, toilets and recreation facilities. The Mountain Bike Park project is estimated to cost $16.9 million.

TImeline Finch Hatton trailhead masterplanFrequently asked questions
Eungella and Finch Hatton township's local area planning frameworksSmall business mentoring programDocument library



Mountain biking on track for big things

Mackay Regional Council is in the design phase of the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike trails project.

A feasibility study found a world-class network of mountain bike trails in the Pioneer Valley provides a unique opportunity to grow the tourism economy and deliver a destination product that has extensive economic benefits to Finch Hatton, Eungella and the wider Mackay region.

When fully operational, the Mountain Bike Park is estimated to generate:

  • an additional 31,000 annual visitors, including 5,000 international riders
  • an additional $18M annual economic benefit in the Mackay region
  • an additional 110.4 FTE jobs
  • significant construction and ongoing job opportunities
  • improved national and international awareness of Eungella and the Pioneer Valley as a tourism destination
  • an opportunity to capture a market segment of one of the fastest-growing sports in the world.

About the project

The Mountain Bike Park will comprise of a 100km network of single-direction mountain bike trails that caters for all levels of riders and provides visitors with the opportunity to navigate through Australia’s longest stretch of lush subtropical rainforest, Eungella National Park to Crediton State Forest.

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.

The Mountain Bike Park project includes the construction of the international standard trail network, capable of hosting world-class events, and ancillary infrastructure, such as trailheads, car parking, toilets and recreation facilities. The Mountain Bike Park project is estimated to cost $16.9 million.

TImeline Finch Hatton trailhead masterplanFrequently asked questions
Eungella and Finch Hatton township's local area planning frameworksSmall business mentoring programDocument library



  • Project update #24 - February 18, 2022

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    Small business mentoring opportunity up for grabs!

    Following the success of the pilot Small Business Mentoring Program last year, council is running a second program.

    Existing businesses, as well as start-ups with a business idea that supports the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails, are eligible to apply.

    The fully subsidised six-month program provides participants with a detailed business assessment, one-on-one mentoring sessions, practical workshop style webinars and much more.

    Watch this short video below to hear from last year's participants.

    To find out more about the program or to apply, visit www.mackay.qld.gov.au/businessmentoring. Applications close Friday, March 4 at 5pm.

  • Project update #23 - January 31, 2022

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    February community update session postponed

    Council has decided to postpone the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail community update session until March.

    The reason for the postponement is due to an increase in COVID cases in the region and an expected peak in the next fortnight.

    Further details on the new session will be provided in the coming weeks.

    To stay up-to-date on this project subscribe to the project update emails on the right hand side of this page.

  • Project update #22 - January 27, 2022

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    Check out the newly restored Cattle Creek Mill Administration Building

    The Cattle Creek Mill Administration building on the old sugar mill site in Finch Hatton has been restored back to its former glory.

    The works done include; asbestos removal, roof replacement, a new kitchen and a paint job.

    The newly restored building will be used in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail project and could be used for ticket sales, events, marshalling or visitor information.

    Click here to watch the before and after video of the restoration process.

  • Project update #21 - December 17, 2021

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    The Finch Hatton trailhead will be a place where you start and finish your mountain bike adventure.

    A master plan concept for the Finch Hatton Trailhead site has been developed following extensive consultation with the Pioneer Valley community, as well as workshops with key project stakeholders and internationally recognised trail experts, World Trail.

    Mayor Greg Williamson said earlier this year (April), three concept designs were released to the public for feedback.

    During the workshops and online community consultation period, there was overwhelming support for concept 1 and 2 and a landscape buffer zone between the residential properties and the trailhead,” Mayor Williamson said.

    We listened, and the master plan reflects community and industry feedback,” he said.

    The plan also includes historical features, a pump track, and facilities that create a destination for general socialising as well as support mountain bike riders including amenities block, event set up area/overflow parking and a connection to the trails.

    The Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail project will now move into detailed design, and the master plan will provide a solid basis for this work.

    Download the Finch Hatton Trailhead master plan

    A hard copy of the master plan will also be made available at the Mirani Customer Service Centre and the Mirani and Dudley Denny Libraries.

    The Queensland Government has contributed $500,000 towards design elements of the project including detailed design of the trailhead and environmental assessments.

    To stay up to date on this exciting project, click the subscribe button on the right-hand side of this page.

  • Project update #20: December 9, 2021

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    Planning scheme amendment focuses on upper-Pioneer Valley

    Council yesterday decided to start the process of a major amendment to the Mackay Region Planning Scheme, based around extensive planning work done to support the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail project.

    The proposed amendment will:

    • facilitate commercial and other specific non-residential uses within designated precincts under the township zone in Finch Hatton and Eungella
    • encourage adaptive re-use by changing the zone of a small number of lots to township in those two localities
    • reduce levels of assessment for certain uses and development required in Finch Hatton and Eungella as trail towns, in support of the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail Project.

    Mayor Greg Williamson said there has been consultation in Finch Hatton and Eungella, prior to the preparation of the amendment.

    “A community update session was held in November and there was overwhelming support to facilitate commercial uses in the Finch Hatton and Eungella townships to support these towns being service hubs for the mountain bike trail project,” Mayor Williamson said.

    “A big effort has been undertaken by our Strategic Planning team and I would like to thank them for their work and engagement with the Finch Hatton and Eungella communities.”

    Council will now begin preparing the major amendment.

  • Project update #19: November 19, 2021

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    Yuwi representatives inspect mountain bike trails

    Representatives from Yuwi and Australian Heritage specialists took to the sky and ground this week to conduct preliminary cultural heritage investigations over the proposed Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike trails.

    A report will be prepared for council and the findings will inform the project’s cultural heritage management plan.

    To stay up-to-date on the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail project, click the subscribe button on the right-hand side of this page.

  • Project update #18: November 10, 2021

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    Finch Hatton and Eungella Local Area Planning Framework Project

    On Wednesday, November 10, 2021, council presented their proposed recommendations for the Finch Hatton and Eungella Local Area Planning Frameworks at a community planning session at the Finch Hatton Showgrounds.

    The session included; the current planning requirements in the Pioneer Valley, the proposed changes to the Mackay Region Planning Scheme to accommodate new uses and precincts in the township and proposed public realm improvements and infrastructure upgrades to support the town becoming a trail town for the future mountain bike trails project.

    A copy of the presentation can be found here.

    If you have any questions about the proposed local area planning frameworks, please contact council’s Strategic Planning team on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or email planningenquiries@mackay.qld.gov.au

  • Project update #17: November 4, 2021

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    Finch Hatton and Eungella Local Area Planning Session

    Finch Hatton and Eungella communities are invited to a planning session to hear and comment on the proposed recommendations for the Finch Hatton and Eungella local area planning projects.

    Council has developed land use planning frameworks for Finch Hatton and Eungella to support these townships becoming trail towns for the future mountain bike trails.

    The session will include:

    • a brief mountain bike trails project update
    • a planning 101 presentation to explain the planning process
    • current planning requirements in the Pioneer Valley
    • recommendations for the Finch Hatton and Eungella local area planning frameworks
    • proposed changes to the Mackay Region Planning Scheme to accommodate new uses and precincts in the township along with public realm improvements and infrastructure upgrades
    • how to use the Mackay Region Planning Scheme when developing your property.

    Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    Time: 5pm to 7pm
    Location: Finch Hatton Showground
    Registration is required. Please visit eventbrite.com.au to register for the session.

    To stay informed on these projects, visit the Finch Hatton and Eungella township’s local area planning framework pages on connectingmackay.com.au and subscribe to the project update emails.

  • Project update #16: October 12, 2021

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    Take a tour of the Cattle Creek administration building

    Check out this video of the Cattle Creek Mill administration building BEFORE exciting new renovations are revealed in the coming months.

    The refurbished building will remain a feature of the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails’ Finch Hatton trailhead.

    Council is breathing new life into the building with exciting refurbishments, including the removal of asbestos, external and internal improvements, as well as a new roof and windows, and painting.

    The project will reinstate the original building signage and revitalise the existing façade to pay homage to the building’s history.

    The works are progressing well and are on track for completion at the end of December (weather permitting).

    Click here to view the video.


  • Project update #15: September 16, 2021

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    WEBINAR #3
    Understanding the Mountain Bike Visitor
    Thursday, September 23, at 11am

    You’re invited to register for the upcoming webinar, Understanding The Mountain Bike Visitor.

    Special guest speaker will be Robert Potter, who is an avid traveller and mountain bike enthusiast.

    Participants will gain insight and valuable information about the mountain bike market.

    This webinar will reshape what you think you know and create a greater understanding of this unique customer segment.

    We understand how time is precious for business owners, so we promise a short and sharp session with tools for you to take away and work with immediately.

    Join us for a 20 minute practical and hands-on webinar, with 10 minutes for questions.

    Can't make it? Register anyway and we'll send you a link to listen to the recording and resources.

    Proudly delivered by Sparrowly Group on behalf of Mackay Regional Council.

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