Trailbikes

Did you know it is illegal to ride a trail bike in a park, easement, bushland or any other public space?

The law

The administration of laws regulating trail bikes is shared between the Queensland Police and Council. Logan City Council's Park Rangers, in liaison with the Police, regulate all matters relating to the illegal riding of trail bikes in parks and bushland, including unlicensed, unregistered and unroadworthy trail bikes.

New laws, which came into effect on 1 July 2006, give Police the power to respond to nuisance complaints concerning noise from trail bikes. This legislation allows the Police to impound noisy bikes for a minimum of 48 hours or indefinitely, mirroring Queensland's anti-hooning laws. Police may apply to courts for permanent confiscation of a bike for repeat offenders.

Where to ride your trail bike

It is illegal to ride any motorcycle whether registered or not, on any parkland or bushland in Logan. There are various organisations and facilities in and around Logan that cater for trail bike riding. Information, including contact details, on where you can ride legally is provided below. Logan's parks and bushland areas are patrolled by trail bike mounted Park Rangers and Police Should you be detected riding a motorcycle in Logan's parks or bushland areas, you will be prosecuted. Fines range from $500 to $5,000.

Responsibilities

Trail bike riders are responsible to ensure they comply with the relevant laws. Where a rider is a minor, the responsibility rests with the parent or guardian. To assist you with finding a suitable area to ride your motorcycle legally, a list of contacts is provided.

Trail bike riding is a popular past time, but have you considered these possibilities?

  • Is your bike so noisy that it affects neighbours and disturbs wildlife?
  • Does your riding create a trail of dust that annoys local residents and wildlife?
  • Does your trail bike cause erosion by damaging the soil and vegetation?
  • Have you encountered wildlife or other people on the track, such as bushwalker?

In truth, the answer to all of the above questions is probably yes. That's why Logan City Council is working with neighbouring Councils to find some legal sites for trail bike riding. There are a number of organisations and facilities in and around Logan that cater for trail bike riding, including the following: 

For a copy of this information sheet, please contact the Parks Branch on 07 3412 5524 or via email at council@logan.qld.gov.au.

Tips on avoiding upsetting your neighbours

Trail bikes can be extremely noisy, particularly 2-stroke models. The best way to avoid a complaint being lodged with Council or the Police is to ensure your bike complies with the relevant noise standard.

Also, maintain open communication with your neighbours. If your neighbour feels they can raise an issue with you, they will more often than not talk to you instead of calling the Police. Remember, what you do on your property affects other people, so please be considerate.

Off-road schools

Whether you are a recreational trail rider, a first bike mini rider or a hard core motocross, flat track or enduro gun, top class coaches can enhance your off road riding skills so you can have more fun, be safer and go faster on the trail or track.

For more information on schools and contact numbers for coaches:

Motorcycling Queensland
Phone: 07 3281 2255

Further information

  • Police: 3807 7770
  • Council's Customer Service Centre: 3412 3412