Unsung champions | Boomerang Bike Park
Posted on November 24 2016
The Gold Coast Hinterland holds a heap of secret locals-only spots, but if shredding glorious MTB tracks and BMX dirt jumps is your thing, then Boomerang Farm near Mudgereeba has gotta be on your bucket list.
Based in 250 acres of bush behind the Boomerang golf course, LKI-backed locals Shane Flower and his former BMX pro brother-in-law Brad Taylor have spilt more blood, sweat and tears shaping these trails than that bloke who cut off his arm in 127 Hours.
“Pretty much, I’m in there 10 hours a day, five days a week, digging and shaping the BMX jumps,” Brad laughs. “It’s just me and the boom-box cranking away in the bush while I dig these jumps by hand. Sometimes there's a koala growling away or a goanna prancing about, but most of the time it's just me.”
Brad, who grew up riding with the likes of Corey Bohan has spent a solid 18 months working on the trails, stacking, slapping, watering and meticulously shaping the dirt. The result is a five-jump line, with multiple options, rollers, rowdy take-offs and landings between 12 and 18 feet tall.
As well as the main BMX line, Brad’s also built a mini-jump line for kids and beginners, and a pump-track.
“I’m just trying to keep BMX dirt alive; this is all about giving back to the sport that’s given me so much joy, you know?” Brad elaborates. “There aren’t many places in Australia people can ride BMX and MTB trails like what we’ve got here, and word is starting to spread. At our last dig day we had about 40 people turn up, which was awesome.”
While Brad breaks his back developing the BMX dirt scene, Shane designs and digs the MTB trails that are quickly gaining a reputation for being some of the best in Australia.
“I’m in here between 10 and 30 hours a week digging and shaping these trails,” Shane says. “I’ve been in the hills for about 15 years., originally with the old Outlook trails in Nerang. There was no real downhill or progressive gravity scene here in Southeast Queensland so I had to create the scene.”
The Boomerang complex already features two downhill trails, a massive jump line with 40-60-foot booters, and work is currently well underway to build a world-class enduro trail. Shane also has big plans for a Crankworx-style slopestyle course.
“Being on private land we’re only limited by our imagination…and I’ve got a pretty big imagination!” he laughs. “The slopestyle trail is going to be a big operation and will probably take 18 months or so, but I’ve got some pretty big ideas of what I want in there.”
Shane is an master of his craft – he works for Trailworx and had a huge hand in revamping the popular Mt Joyce and Daisy Hill trails in South East Queensland.
On Saturday Boomerang Farm is holding a BMX jam session to honour the memory of Brad’s good mate and BMX dirt-jumping pioneer, Dane Searls, who passed away five years ago.
“Before I drop into these jumps I always watch a video of Dane riding and it puts everything in perspective,” Brad smiles. “The jam on Saturday is just to honour him and everything he did for BMX dirt. There’s no prizemoney or anything – it’s just a day to ride bikes and hang out with mates. That’s how he would’ve wanted it.”
The jam starts about 10am Saturday and will run until dark. Entry is free for spectators, and riders can ride for free if they help prep the jumps beforehand.
All photos by Nick Daniel