Charles Darwin NP Pump Track - Fast Facts

Trail number

Not applicable

Trail length

3.5 kilometres (trail should be ridden in anticlockwise direction)

Elevation variance

30 metres

Trail type

Single trail, fire trail

Trail surface

Dirt, rocks and rock outcrops

Weather affected

Prone to be muddy after heavy rain

Trail condition sources

Nil

Trail features

Undulating with switchbacks and rock obstacles everywhere

Trail obstacles

Lots of rocks (walk difficult sections if unsure - intermediate riders can do most but with the sapping heat you can get worn down pretty quick), take the insect repellent (midges can be a problem at certain times)

Trail Rating

Trail rating

Intermediate to difficult

Rating basis

Estimated

Night riding

Yes - area is open after hours.

Family Friendly

No

Trail Map and GPX File

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Trail Description

Below are some photos and ride notes for the Pump Trail. The trails vary from smooth to regular rough rocky sections and vary from intermediate to advanced. There are plenty of opportunities to get tyres stuck between rocks or lose traction in small rock gardens of loose rocks. There is a good map located on the Darwin Off Road Cyclists (DORC) website here so use that as required. For non locals, the map is useful to get onto the track. Once on it, it is relatively easy to follow around.

With Darwin being small you can ride to the National Park from most inner suburbs but it should be noted that Darwin's weather (particularly during and to either side of the wet season which is typically October to April) can be pretty energy sapping to ride in particularly on the humid days. On this basis, it is best to ride in the cooler parts of the day where possible and take a good amount of water for the trip there.

The Pump Station is accessible 24 hours a day. No facilities are provided at the pump station so ensure you have plenty of water and food.

One thing for non-Darwinians to note is that there are small biting insects called midges in the area which can cause irritating bites and are largely around in the morning and evening with a heavier presence around the time of the full moon. The advice is to cover up or use insect repellent. I used insect repellent only and had no issues.

From the Trailhead

Head to the pump station gate area as shown on this websites map or the DORC map. A photo of the gate on Tiger Brennan Drive is shown below. The trails are meant to be ridden in the anticlockwise direction. The photos below were taken in the clockwise direction (had a 50% chance of getting it right!) From the photos you can see this area is very rocky making for an interesting ride.

Entrance track to pumping station.

The bund wall on the left as you come is where you return. Pick up the trail on the fence line on the right as you get to the pumping station.

Lots of tracks with pinch climbs and steep drops.

Surface is rock based throughout. Photos above are of some fire trails in the area which can also be ridden.

Single trail

Jump and single trail.

Yep, more rocks...

Trail Videos

No video available for this trail.

Parking and Facilities
Parking is available at pumping station gate.
Toilet facilities are not available.
No drinking water is available.
No food or drinks are available in the immediate area.
No local information facilities are available.