In a short two years, Northwest Arkansas has risen to a destination spot for riders from near far with the Walton’s family’s help of more than $13 million for the trail system build. If you build it, they will come has been proven here in Arkansas. So, just a short flight to the other side of world, Australia is making it happen as well. According to Lauren Moss, Minister for Tourism and Culture, the Territory Labor Government has approved a $12 million investment to build out the mountain bike trails in Central Australia. This is just part of the larger $103 million plan to boost tourism in Central Australia.
The goal of this trail development and the larger Turbocharging Tourism investment is to “attract more visitors, create local jobs, and put more money into the pockets of Territorians,” according to Moss. 125 miles of new trails are planned to join into the existing MacDonnell National Park and Alice Springs Desert Park. The Red Center Adventure Ride will allow a new level of competition with other iconic mountain biking trails nationally and internationally.
The newly proposed trails will enable a connection to multiple trail systems offing a huge network of opportunities for supported guided tours. Bike packing trips, camping, and long distance adventures and excursions, just to name a few. Camp grounds are proposed to be strategically built for riders using the trail system.
Alice Springs Desert Park is not a zoo and not a theme park, but an excellent insight of the real life in a “lifeless” desert. I’m sure this will not be the last place moving forward with making a mountain bike destination for all to see. The Alice Springs Desert Park is an environmental education facility in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia.