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Trail Design and Construction

At TrailScapes, we design and construct all types of trails; including, but not limited to, International Standard Mountain Bike Parks, Competition and Recreational Mountain Bike trails, Recreational Walking and Horse-riding trails, BMX, Dirt jump and Pump tracks, and Shared Use trails.

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Our trail designs incorporate world-class features, such as rock armouring to improve durability and longevity of your trail, technical trail features for more challenging courses and innovative drainage solutions. We also provide natural trail surfacing and re-surfacing services.

We also design, construct and install a complete range of structural elements, including shelters, bridges and boardwalks. Our trail structures not only enhance trail aesthetics, but also greatly improve user access. In addition, we can also install specially designed Phytophthora stations to help prevent the spread of plant-damaging pathogens.

Visit our Projects page to view some of our recent work.

TrailScapes has successfully completed a number of trail and pump track design and construction projects in Asia (China and Indonesia). Working with local labour and translators, we have coordinated construction logistics to obtain the right materials and equipment to achieve standards equivalent to those we deliver in Australia. We have also worked with locals to create international racing event venues and the competitions themselves.

User groups and clients have different values to those in Australia, and often standards are different or do not exist. In the absence of standards or proven work practices, we have adhered to industry best practice to ensure safe and durable solutions. In developing countries, trails tourism economies are developing, which has provided us with the opportunity to educate the locals.

Working abroad has presented a range of new challenges, which have enabled TrailScapes to develop innovative solutions. Our work in Asia has challenged us to work in different geological and climatic conditions not found in Australia. Where we have encountered extreme conditions, such as monsoon season and volcanic activity, it has been important to meticulously plan our construction window, as well as have some flexibility to accommodate unexpected events and delays. The mobilisation from our home base adds to the expense, so it is important to get the job done right the first time.

Recent Projects

Angaston Mountain Bike Loop

Client: Barossa Council Date: Nov 2019 - January 2020 Location: South Australia
TrailScapes completed the design and construction of the Angaston Mountain Bike Trail for The Barossa Council as part of “The Big Project”, the region’s sport, recreation, art and culture infrastructure project. This one-way 1km trail…

Aston Hills Mountain Bike Playground

Client: Lanser Location: South Australia
“Building communities that are better by design” isn’t just a slogan for Lanser, we can assure you! One of our latest projects in 2019 involved designing and building what is essentially a Mountain Bike playground…

Shred Kelly’s Last Stand, Mystic MTB Park, Bright VIC

Client: Alpine Shire Council, Alpine Community Plantation Date: September - November 2018
Australia’s favourite flow trail! Our most exciting mountain bike trail project to date took place in the picturesque Alpine town of Bright, Victoria. The trail is classified Blue, Intermediate and is approximately 2.5 km of…

Goolwa Asphalt Pump Track – Design and Construction

Client: Alexandrina Council Date: Design - June to December 2018 Construction - September 2019 in 3 weeks
TrailScapes was appointed to design an asphalt pump track in the seaside town of Goolwa in South Australia. Our design team, composed of Garry Patterson and Ben Birdseye of Birdseye Studios submitted Concept Plans then…

Woodburn State Forest MTB Park

Client: Milton Ulladulla District Riders (MUD) Date: June 2019 - September 2019 Location: New South Wales
Dream it, we build it! In Ulladulla on the NSW South Coast, a MTB Club, the Milton Ulladulla Mountain Bikers & Mud Mtb Park dreamt big and worked hard at securing funds for trails. The…

Design and Construction of Railton Asphalt Pump Track, Tasmania

Client: Latrobe and Kentish Councils Date: Design - March 2019 Construction - late April to mid May 2019 Location: Tasmania
This one happened in a flash! If you’ve ever been involved in a D&C project, you’ll understand that designing, constructing and opening a large landscaped asphalt pump track in less than 2 months was a…

Glossy Black Reserve, Reedy Creek MTB Trails

Client: Gold Coast City Council Date: April - June 2019
The City of Gold Coast contracted TrailScapes to construct 3 Mountain bike trails that can be linked together and form a 5km loop. These beginner (Green IMBA rating) and intermediate (Blue IMBA rating) trails incorporates…

Stockinbingal Asphalt Pump Track, NSW

Client: Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council Date: February March 2019
TrailScapes completed the design and construction of an asphalt pump track in the small town of Stockinbingal, in country NSW.  Planning was key to making this remote project a success and the construction was carried…

7 kilometre shared-use loop in Muirlea, Ipswich, QLD

The Muirlea project took place in an previously unused council reserve at Hillview Drive Reserve, Muirlea near Ipswich. Between March and June 2018, our team completed the 7kms loop on time and budget. The brief…

Forrest Skills Park, Victoria

Client: DEWLP Victoria Date: November 2018
In 2018, our team designed and constructed a Skills Park at the trailhead of the popular MTB town of Forrest in Victoria. The skills park includes jump lines, berms, rollers, rock gardens and rock features…

Charles Darwin National Park and Casuarina Coastal Reserve MTB trail upgrade and construction, Darwin NT

Client: Northern Territory Government Date: July 2018 - Oct 2018
Our team spent 3 months in the Northern Territory redeveloping and expanding the network of MTB trails at Casuarina Coastal Reserve (Lee Point) and the very popular Charles Darwin National Park. The team also redesigned…

Hong Kong’s Country Parks Mountain Bike Trails Assessment, HK

Client: Hong Kong’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Date: July to November 2017
Hong Kong’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation contracted TrailScapes’Director Garry Patterson to audit a number of Mountain Bike trails to assess their suitability and sustainability, and provide recommendations for improvements and future development. After…

Wheelchair and visually-impaired accessible trail in Toowoomba, QLD

Client: Toowoomba Regional Council Date: 9 April - 27 April 2018
Toowoomba Regional Council engaged TrailScapes to construct approximately 650 metres of path accessible for all users, including those using wheelchairs/mobility scooters or visually impaired using a blind walking stick. This trail, designed to allow anyone…

Construction of flow trail and revamp of downhill trail at O’Halloran Hill, SA

Client: DEWNR Date: October - December 2017
With Adelaide’s metro beaches as the backdrop, we constructed the brand new “Flight Club”, a Black Diamond (Advanced) Flow trail featuring huge berms, drops, and jumps and it quickly proved to be a new favourite…

Wellard Pump Track, WA

Date: May 2016 - Asphalt October 2016
Our team was selected to construct a pump track in a new housing development South of Perth as part of a bigger plan that included a skatepark, playground, landscaping, etc. Originally, the track was constructed…

Fox Creek Lone Gum DH track and Gravity Enduro trail, SA

Client: Forestry SA, Bicycle SA Date: April to August 2017
TrailScapes completed the construction of the country’s most exciting downhill trail. A first in Adelaide, the Lone Gum DH trail starts at the very top of Fox Creek, where a lone giant gum sits on…

Mitcham trails upgrades and construction, SA

Client: City of Mitcham Date: August 2010 to current
TrailScapes has been a preferred contractor for trail design, construction and repairs within the Mitcham Council for many years. Our team has carried out upgrades to mountain bike trails as well as walking and shared-use…

GuiDe National Geopark DH and 2X courses, Xining, China

Client: GuiDe National Geopark, Guide County, China Date: July - August 2017
Our company was contracted to improve and extend a couple of existing trails at Guide National Geopark, 100km from Xining in the province of Qinghai in China in preparation for the 2017 TDRY GuiDe Geo Park International…

Bendigo MTB Skills Park, VIC

Client: City of Greater Bendigo Date: May 2017
Our team designed and constructed a fun MTB Skills Park incorporating drops, log roll-over, boardwalks, wall-ride and other features to test riders’ skills.

Spring Gully (Bendigo) pump track construction and skills park design, VIC

Client: City of Greater Bendigo Date: February 2017
TrailScapes constructed one of the country’s biggest pump track in Spring Gully using over 1,000 tons of dirt for the City of Greater Bendigo and Bendigo Mountain Bike Club. The pump track is now awaiting asphalt…

Brighton Pump Track, SA

Client: City of Holdfast Bay Date: January 2017
Our team constructed a pump track for the City of Holdfast Bay in January 2017 on a long and narrow plot alongside the train line in Brighton, a seaside suburb of Adelaide. The main track…

Lysterfield Mountain bike trail network upgrade, VIC

Client: Parks Victoria Date: November - December 2016
Towards the end of 2016, TrailScapes was contracted by Parks Victoria to carry out upgrades to the network of Mountain bike trails at Lysterfield, Melbourne. Our team improved flow, drainage, cleared overgrown vegetation and built…

Castle Cove Jumps, Sydney, NSW

Client: Willoughby City Council Date: May to October 2016 from design to construction
A small Council reserve nestled in the beautiful suburb of Castle Cove has been the home of some of the country’s oldest and most famous dirt jumps in Australia. When these jumps eventually fell into disrepair,…

Cobbler Creek Recreation Park Slopestyle course and pump track, SA

Client: DEWNR South Australia Date: May to November 2016
Cobbler Creek Recreation Park recently received a major upgrade with the installation of a playground, bbq, toilets, etc. Our team was chosen to design and construct a first in South Australia; a slopestyle course incorporating…

Mount Remarkable Summit Trail, SA

Client: Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (SA) Date: March to August 2016
Our team completed the design and construction of a new section of trail approximately 8km long between Mount Remarkable Summit and the historic township of Melrose, in a part of the National Park that was…

Melrose pump track and timber jumps ramps, SA

Client: The town of Melrose Date: April 2016
While working on the Mount Remarkable Summit trail, our team donated time and money to rebuild an existing pump track and install timber jump ramps in the iconic country town of Melrose, Southern Flinders Ranges…

Red Hill Bike Skills Park, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Client: Mornington Peninsula Shire Date: April - August 2016
TrailScapes was given the opportunity to design and construct a bike Skills Park on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, South of Melbourne. The result is a high quality facility that cramps a lot in a small…

Elliston Coastal Surfaced Trail SA

Client: District Council of Elliston Date: 16 January - 26 February 2016
TrailScapes recently completed the construction of a new surfaced trail through the dunes and stunning limestone cliff tops of Elliston on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. The 900mm (through sensitive areas) to 1.2 metre…

Royal National Park, Temptation Creek trail, Sydney

Client: NSW Parks and Wildlife Date: June 2015
In June 2015, TrailScapes spent three weeks upgrading the Temptation Creek shared-use trail at Royal National Park. Works included the construction of a climbing line, re-instating drainage, repairing and installing rock armouring to eroded areas,…

Mount Remarkable Summit trail, South Australia

Client: Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, SA Date: April 2015
TrailScapes recently designed and constructed a return trail approximately 2.2km long at the top of Mount Remarkable in Mount Remarkable National Park in April 2015. This alignment built through very challenging rocky terrain offers an…

Shepherds Hill Recreation Park, Adelaide

Client: Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, SA Date: June 2015 - September 2015
Our team recently completed revamping old singletracks in this Reserve.This heavily used suburban reserve was crying out for an upgrade and expansion of its trail network and also received a brand new pump track, jump…

Sturt Gorge Recreation Park, South Australia

Client: Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Date: December 2014 - May 2015
The Sturt Gorge trails, a significant addition to the increasing network of singletracks in the Adelaide Hills comprises of 8 kilometres of multi-use trails for all levels of ability. The new network allows hikers and riders to…

Buxton MTB Park – Flow Trail, Victoria

Client: VIC Parks Date: March 2015
TrailScapes was contracted to design and construct what turned out to be one of Australia’s most progressive Flow trail. The 2 km long addition to Buxton Mountain Bike Park, an hour and a half out of Melbourne…

Manly Dam, Sydney, NSW

Client: Warringah Council Date: June 2017 - May 2015 to June 2015 - June 2014 to November 2014
Manly Dam is the most used MTB trail in Australia, with approximately 150,000 uses a year, and up to 500 passes in one day. TrailScapes were contracted by Warringah Council to carry out maintenance to…

Bantry Bay (Garigal NP) Mountain bike trails, Sydney

Client: NSW National Parks Date: April to November 2014
TrailScapes was chosen to carry out the highly-pivotal task of constructing the first new purpose-built mountain bike only trails in a National Park in NSW. Nestled in the middle of the Northern Beaches of Sydney,…

Cobbler Creek Shared-use trails, South Australia

Client: DEWNR - Department for Environment Water and Natural Resources, SA Date: 22 May - 22 December 2013
Following the success of the Craigburn Farm project, TrailScapes was awarded the contract to construct a network of shared-use trails within the Cobbler Creek Recreation Park. This project is used as a “testing ground” for…

Willunga Pump Track SA

Client: City of Onkaparinga
A combination of pump track, dirt jumps and BMX track at Wilunga in South Australia.

Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge Track, Bali, Indonesia

Client: United Bikes - Indonesia Date: October 2013 - October 2014 - October 2015
Three years ago, TrailScapes was contracted by United Bike (the largest Indonesian bike manufacturer) to design and co-ordinate the build of a downhill race course of international standard on the island of Bali, in Indonesia…

Mawson Trail SA

Client: Department for Recreation and Sport, SA Date: Ongoing
TrailScapes carries out maintenance to Australia’s longest bike trail, the 900kms long Mawson trail, which starts in Adelaide and finishes in Blinman in Outback South Australia. Our team makes sure signage is adequate and that…

Craigburn Farm Shared Use Trails SA

Client: Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), SA Date: Stage 1: August - December 2011 / Stage 2: August 2012 - January 2013/ Stage 3: March 2013
The Craigburn Farm Shared-Use Trail Project is an initiative by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and was designed and constructed by TrailScapes Pty Ltd. The 15km trail network, which caters for experienced…

Eagle Mountain Bike Park SA

Client: Department for Recreation and Sport, SA Date: Ongoing
TrailScapes were instrumental in the development of the Eagle Mountain Bike Park (EMBP) in South Australia; and thanks to their world-class design and construction, EMBP was awarded hosting of the Australian Mountain Bike Championships for…

Victor Harbor Heritage Trail SA

Client: City of Victor Harbor Date: Stage 1: June - July 2011 / Stage 2: January - February 2012
TrailScapes constructed a section of the Heritage Trail in Victor Harbor, South Australia in two stages throughout 2011 and 2012. The first stage of this project involved the construction of a 900mm wide, full-bench trail…

Livingstone National Park NSW

Client: Department of Environment and Heritage, NSW Date: March - April 2012
TrailScapes constructed around 5km of new “green” (easy) shared-used trails in Livingstone National Park, New South Wales in 2012. This project was ground-breaking (literally and figuratively), as it was the first time that a new…

Morialta Conservation Park SA

Client: Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) SA Date: Stage 1: May - June 2011 / Stage 2: October 2011
The creation of this 900 – 1200mm wide full-bench trail required construction through challenging terrain conditions, including thick olive groves, steep slopes and rocky outcrops. Morialta Conservation Park is an environmentally sensitive site, so TrailScapes…