Skip to content

Improve your Gippslandia browsing experience by using Chrome or Safari.

Contribute to Gippslandia and support positive local storytelling. — donate here

Connecting Gippsland through
positive storytelling.

Shop GippslandiaSupport Gippslandia

Connecting Gippsland through positive storytelling.

Photo FeatureSport

Where the hills howwwwwwwwwwl.

It’s taken a heck of a lot of work, but the potential of Newborough's Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park is scarily good.

Apr 26, 2022

Words: Gippslandia

Contribute to support more positive local storytelling.


From the first pedal stroke, noise accompanies the rider.

The chain whips and cracks. An occasional click from the derailleur as the rider pushes for more speed. The screeching slide of the rear wheel as it throws out gravel from the top of the berm. Constant huffing, while continually scanning for a faster line down the mountain.

Then, the tyres leave the lip of the jump and… silence…

The only hint of a sound is the tyres freely spinning.

With a crunch upon landing, the chaotic cacophony surrounds the rider and their bike again.

"...positioning Gippsland as a nationally significant mountain biking destination."
Where the hills howwwwwwwwwwl - featuring Lachlan Gibson - photographed by Andrew Northover from The View From Here.
Where the hills howwwwwwwwwwl - featuring Lachlan Gibson - photographed by Andrew Northover from The View From Here.

Subscribe to Gippslandia

Much noise has surrounded the creation of the Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park in Newborough too, all of it accompanied by the buzz of excitement. Once complete, the park will become the gateway to the G7 Mountain Bike Hub – a collection of seven diverse and ridiculously fun bike parks in Central Gippsland.

It’s taken a heck of a lot of work to get to this point, but the potential of the project is intoxicating as mountain biking guru, Haunted Hills co-creator and Destination Gippsland’s project manager for tracks and trails Nicholas King explains:

“The catalyst and driving force behind the project, Gippsland MTB (GMTB), was formed in May 2008 due to the popularity of mountain biking and at the request of the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) (now Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning). GMTB is a not-for-profit incorporated association run by volunteers for the benefit of mountain bikers in Gippsland.”

Nearly 12 km of shreddable single track is open at the Haunted Hills so far, with Stage 2 of the project, currently underway and construction fully funded by the Victorian State Government, Regional Tourism Investment Fund-Stimulus managed by Regional Development Victoria. Stage 2 adds about another 12 km of trail and a planned Stage 3 doubling the length of the available track yet again — that’s a whole lotta trail to tear.

The seven parks forming the fabled G7 will eventually include Maryvale Pines, Somewhere Good, Blores Hill, Avon-Mt Hedrick, Erica, Mt Baw Baw and the Haunted Hills. As you imagine, undertaking a project of this scale isn’t as easy as flying over the handlebars when hitting a tree root. But, the dividends could be sizeable.

“It is this depth and breadth of the offering that has spurred the concept of positioning Gippsland as a nationally significant mountain biking destination.

“Implementation of the ‘G7’ will seed tourism development, increase physical activity opportunities for local and regional communities, spark economic development, and potentially create an opportunity for employment, business and skills development benefitting local communities and bolstering regional liveability indices.”

Honestly, we’re not entirely sure what a ‘liveability index’ is. We’d much rather go scary fast down a steep hill, which is why watching Nick's smile grow as he described the sections of track resonated more with us. “A trip to the Haunted Hills isn’t complete without shredding down ‘Mad Cows’, a blue rated intermediate trail described as ‘Progressive descending trail that increases the rider’s ability to jump with confidence. Hollow sounds under hoof may cause cows to stampede and send beasts into the scrub!’.

Can’t wait.

Where the hills howwwwwwwwwwl - featuring Lachlan Gibson - photographed by Andrew Northover from The View From Here.
Where the hills howwwwwwwwwwl - featuring Lachlan Gibson - photographed by Andrew Northover from The View From Here.

The Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park was made possible by funding from the Australian Government and the Victorian Government and is supported by Gippsland MTB, Latrobe City Council, Energy Australia, Destination Gippsland, and contractors Trailscapes and HCM Constructions.

The project control team acknowledges their continued support.

Gippslandia - Issue No. 22

Find, Subscribe or Download

Did you enjoy this article? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram.

More in

    Latrobe City

Share this article


Read this next

Photo FeatureCulture

The Catch Up.

The opening of the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre created the perfect opportunity to... Read more

More in Sport


Match point.

Thanks to the Traralgon Junior International, young tennis stars, including Federer & Kyrgios... Read more

Support Gippslandia

Support from our readers is what keeps the lights on and the printing presses running.


Browse topics

Food & Drink

Explore regions

East Gippsland Shire


Gippslandia is made possible thanks to our supporting partners. They are businesses that believe in the value of sharing optimistic tales from our great region. We encourage you to support them in return, as without them, Gippslandia wouldn’t exist.

About Gippslandia

Gippslandia is a community, non-profit publication. We curate an ever-optimistic take on regional, national and global issues, in a local context. Leaving you feeling like a Gippslandia local, no matter where you’re from. Read more

© 2021 Gippslandia, All rights reserved