etiquette

General

  • Observe and follow all signage placed at the trails at all times.
  • Stay on marked tracks, trails and roads and heed all signs. Do not go off trail even to pass or create new trails.
    Narrow trails mean less environmental impact.
  • Horses and other vehicles are not permitted on the mountain biking networks
  • Wear appropriate safety gear and be realistic about your abilities.
  • Be aware of road crossings and give way to vehicles.
  • Leave no trace! Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Mobile reception may not be available in some areas. Be aware of your locations as your travel the trails.
  • In an emergency, dial Triple Zero (000).
  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Take a first-aid kit and know how to use it.
  • Treat all water collected from taps, creeks and lakes.
  • Avoid stinking trees. Touching the heart-shaped leaves, stems or fruit will cause a painful sting. If stung, and symptoms are severe, seek medical advice.
  • When in and around water, check the conditions and stay out of the water if hazardous. Never dive or jump into creeks, waterholes and lakes, and always swim with others. Never swim when a creek is flooded.

Mountain Bike Riders

  • Slow down when approaching other track users. Alert others when approaching.
  • Maintain at least 50 m between riders.
  • Avoid skidding and sliding—this may result in collision with other trail users and damage to the trail surface.
  • Beware of swift flowing water when crossing creeks and other water streams.
  • Pass other trail users with care and travel in single file on busy trails.
  • Ride your mountain bike at a controlled speed, especially approaching blind corners.
  • Keep to the right when passing other users.
  • Other trail users may not be familiar with the mountain bike trails. Talk to them about their use, directions and safety.

What to do if you encounter a horse:

  • On trails where horse riding is permitted, equestrians have the right of way over other users on all trails. This is an international standard. Walkers have next priority and then cyclists.
  • Cyclists should yield to horses by stopping and asking permission of the horse rider to pass.
  • Cyclists must allow horse riders time to position their horses for safety.
  • Cyclists should not ring bells as they may startle a horse – voice contact is preferable. A frightened horse is a danger to you, the horse rider and other park users.
  • It is advisable not to pass within a metre of a horse as they may kick if startled and have considerable reach.
  • Slow down at intersections where you are likely to meet other users.