Captain Rous Park Proposed Mountain Bike Trail

As part of its Sport and Recreation Plan 2011-2021, Lismore City Council is striving to improve sport and recreational opportunities by providing more walking and cycling paths, more cost-friendly activities and better parks.

As part of our plans, we are considering an upgrade to Captain Rous Park, which is located at 1 and 2 Hamley Road, Goonellabah. The park is divided by Hamley Road, and currently has playground equipment, picnic table, bubbler and carpark located within the northern section.

The proposed upgrade is to establish recreational mountain bike trails within the park. This proposal includes:

  • Building approximately 3km of compacted dirt recreational mountain bike trails throughout the park that will be suitable for all ages and levels of riding capability.
  • The retention of all established trees.
  • The retention of all existing park features including the swing set, picnic tables, water bubbler and carpark.
  • Safety features at both the north and south sites to ensure safe bike travel across Hamley Road.
  • A trail map sign located within the carpark area.

This proposal will complement the other cycleways proposed for development in the Goonellabah area through our Cycleway Plan and will provide opportunities for local residents to use bike trails within riding distance of their home.


Come and talk to us
If you would like to talk to Council representatives about these plans and the proposal, I invite you to an informal information session to be held on-site between 11am and 11.30am on 8 March 2017. Coffee and tea will be provided. Look out for the coffee van parked in the Captain Rous Carpark – this is where our information session will be held. This location is also shown on the map.

Complete our Survey
Please complete our Bike Trail Survey. The aim of this survey is to gauge the level of interest from residents in the proposed bike trails and to understand who is likely to use the trails, how far they will travel and other relevant information. Please visit  and take a couple of minutes to answer the questions.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there adequate parking proposed for the park in Goonellabah?
Most local riders will ride to the location. There is an existing carpark within Captain Rous Park and adequate room to park on the side of Rous Road.

What arrangements are in place to ensure safety during trail construction?
All contractors will be insured for the work being carried out. LCC will be conducting onsite inductions and safety audits during the build.

Will any trees be removed from the park during construction of the proposed bike trails?
There will be NO removal of existing native trees.

What about vegetation?
Vegetation will be maintained in the area immediately adjacent to the trails.

Who can ride the trails?
The trails will be designed for everyone to ride, from children and beginners to advanced riders. Anyone with a mountain bike in good safe working order will be able to ride the trails.

How can I get involved?
Contact your local mountain bike club – visit any of the local bike shops for further information.

What is a mountain bike?
A mountain bike is a bicycle designed for off-road cycling. Mountain bikes share similarities with other bikes, but incorporate features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough or off-road terrain.

What is mountain biking?
Mountain biking is the sport of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially designed mountain bikes.

What is the average age of mountain bikers?

  • 55yo+              4%
  • 45-54yo           17%
  • 35-44yo           37%
  • 25-34yo           27%
  • 12-24yo           15%    

Information obtained by: Australia Mountain Bike Market profile – Dirt Art Pty Ltd, 2014. 2904 respondents.

Does mountain biking cause erosion?
Mountain bike trails are constructed from dirt. Accordingly, the last thing bikers want is for the dirt (and hence the trail) to wash away when it rains.  There has been a number of peer-reviewed studies conducted in recent years, which have concluded that mountain bikes don't have any more impact on soil erosion than foot traffic. Trails are also designed to minimise run-off.

Is mountain biking and anti-social behaviour linked?
No. Sometimes there is a view that mountain biking and anti-social behaviours go hand in hand. There is no evidence to support this. Mountain bikers are no different to anyone else.  They come from a range of backgrounds, and mountain biking is often a family activity.

Is mountain biking dangerous?
It might surprise you to hear that cycling is not especially dangerous. What about all those stories of cyclists getting killed that you see on the news? News is about rare events. Cyclist deaths are rare, so they make the news. Cycling is statistically safe. “Per year, there are 10 to 15 fatalities due to people falling off bikes with no other vehicle involved,” says safety expert and co-author of Health on the Move, Malcolm Wardlaw.

How much noise does mountain biking make?
Mountain biking is as loud as a normal push bike. Occasionally there will be hollers and woops and noises of enjoyment.

Why do people mountain bike?
To participate in a safe, healthy, low impact sport that is suitable for all ages and all abilities. Often it’s all to get back to nature. Mountain biking gives people the ability to access remote scenic locations where vehicles can’t go and to spend time with family.