Skills Park at Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park
The Goat Farm Mountain Park is located in Greenmount National Park, just off Great Eastern Hwy (94) and under 10km from Midland Train Station.
The plan was to ride the blue cruiser trail to cannonball, and while I continue down the blue cross country trail, Derek would take the downhill black trail. We started at the skills park and were having such a great time that we didn’t move onto the nearby trails.
The skills park located next to the carpark is quite large and trends upwards, it’s not a closed circuit, so you have the freedom of repetitively practicing on a technical feature or section- seesaw, log, table tops. From the obstacle practice area, there are two fast moving single track trails returning to the carpark. The surface is a mix of compact clay and rocks which gives us a brief taste of what to expect higher in the park expect on more of a flat surface.
The jump circuit further up from the skill section (closest to residential housing) worked out to be great practice for developing jump skills and learning to gain speed on the bike. It’s a well suited circuit to skill up on. The circuit is shaped wonderfully so that it’s not a long push up to the start again. We’d do a loop, walk up to the top talking about it, and do it all again. Best fun. The jumps can also be rolled over however they do need some speed.
Following yesterday’s rainfall, the ground was slippery, which I thought was a little challenging but thrilling for Derek. The view just before pedalling into the first jump is a real treat. Keep an eye on the ground cover, doing a run up to the first jump, we noticed that an awesome human being had placed rocks around a nasty metal object sticking up from the ground and capable of causing a mishap.
There is plenty of space around the skills and jump circuit as well as wide paths returning back to the carpark, making it ideal for kid mountain bikers as well as us adult beginners not yet used to single tracks. It also serves as a good warm up or warm down for a day spent at the mountain bike park. The rest of the trails higher in the park are quite challenging and technical, graded more difficult (Blue) and very difficult(Black). These trails are often used in state cross country or enduro events so that should give you an idea on what to expect.
Facility wise at The Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park there are toilets, a sign board map, picnic tables and a rubbish bin near the car park.
Unfortunately our car was broken into while we were rolling around having a great ride, and this was a real kill joy. We thought as we were hanging around nearby, the car would be okay. But, apparently it’s a dodgy area and has been for years??? There is a bit of rubbish and even used condoms in the car park. Gross. It’s such a shame especially as the park borders a local neighbourhood and has the potential to have a community atmosphere. We were able to recover the stolen contents, some of it thrown to the side of the road in the park and a wonderful stranger picked up the remaining stuff off the side of Great Eastern Highway. So apart from a broken wind screen, all was good.
I wouldn’t rule out another visit, in fact we’ve been several times since because I guess if you don’t use these places they will fall into disrepair. And the skills park and jump section is so much fun!
Have you seen our other post on the Goat Farm MTB Park? Rocky encounters at the Goat Farm