Indigo Epic Trail
- Project typeBike trail construction
- Project value$2M ($1M Grant Funded)
- Project scheduleOn Schedule
- Completion Date31 December 2022
About this project
The Indigo Epic Trail will be the only all-season Epic Trail in Australia, providing a mountain biking experience like no other.
Connecting Beechworth and Yackandandah over 22kms of brand-new trail with links to 24kms of existing trail networks, this world-class trail will provide a destination-based mountain bike riding experience currently missing from Victoria’s North East.
What is an Epic Trail?
The criteria for an Epic Trail as described by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), is that it must be a demanding singlet rack adventure in a natural setting. “True backcountry riding experiences that are technically and physically challenging, more than 80% single track and at least 32kms in length.”
Why is this project being undertaken and how is it being funded?
The Indigo Epic Trail is a priority project under the Northeast Victoria Cycling Optimisation Masterplan and will leverage the Ride High Country brand to become a significant tourism product with business case modelling indicating a greater than $5M annual economic benefit to the Indigo Shire region.
|Grant funding (Federal Government's Building Better Regions)
|Total project budget
The Indigo Epic Trail will take the best of both Beechworth and Yackandandah’s existing trails and connect them into a “helix loop design.” This means the Epic can be tackled in its full length, or cut into shorter loops for beginner riders. It will pass through the Stanley State Forest with its magical pine forests, and the Nine Mile Creek Historic area as it heads east. Predominantly one-way, the Epic will be designed to start and finish in Beechworth.
The alignment has been subject to Environmental, Heritage Impact Assessments and development of a Cultural Heritage Management Plan.
The project will also include the rehabilitation of other informal trails in the area, improved access for weed infestation treatment in key areas, reduction of existing trail risk and development of an integrated signage/digital information platform for trail users.
It has been developed in accordance with the Victorian Public Lands Mountain Biking Guidelines and involved significant engagement with significant with Parks Victoria, DELWP and HVP.
Council is committed to the ongoing asset management for the trail infrastructure and will partner with local mountain bike clubs to provide a high-quality maintenance program to ensure the ongoing success of this important community and tourism asset.
The original concept for the trail was specifically driven by the local mountain biking community: the Beechworth Chain Gang and Yack Tracks MTB clubs. The concept for linking Beechworth and Yackandandah with a world class mountain bike trail was under active consideration by these clubs for many years. A feasibility assessment/scoping study was agreed to be undertaken by Council due to the merits of the project. During the scoping study execution in 2017, Urban Enterprise engaged with numerous local community stakeholders to develop the feasibility report for Council.
Key representatives from Beechworth Chain Gang and Yack Tracks MTB clubs have been purposely engaged throughout the project assessment phase to ensure local design ‘ownership’ of the trail project. This is a key objective for the project as Council will require an integrated asset management approach with support from local volunteers.
See the map here: Epic-Trail-Map-Aug-2021-Large-Publish.png(PNG, 7MB)
NOTE: Map is subject to change