On ya bike!
An overview of the 2017 ride …
Courtesy pick up from your accommodation to Cominos House to load bikes on the trailer and catch the bus to the picturesque Murray Falls in Girrimay National Park where morning tea will be served before a cooling swim in the refreshing water hole. Enjoy a nutritious lunch before heading for first easy bike leg to Kennedy State School to set-up camp for the first night. The local school Parent and Citizen Association will provide our first evening meal.
- There maybe a further riding option this day to provide an extra challenge for those keen to clock up the kms.
After a filling breakfast, with fresh local coffee, prepare yourself for a mountain ride up the Kirrama Range. This ride is long and strenuous but worth it for picturesque rainforest country with creeks and waterfalls to revive your flagging legs. A further walk to the gorge on arrival is rewarded with spectacular views of the almighty drop which is the Blencoe Falls into the Herbert River. Animals such as the elegant whiptail wallaby and freshwater turtles can be seen for those with a keen eye for wildlife. Your effort on this day is rewarded at the camp where the kitchen and set-up crew await you with comforting dinner and a cold beer.
This day is another longer day riding but this time through drier country to the Bush Heritage, Yourka Reserve. This land, with significant natural features, is home to 140 birds, 18 native mammals and 300 plant species. The rain shadow here brings the vegetation back to moist eucalypt forest and then woodlands. Tall white gums line the Herbert River running west to the Gulf.
We head to the Ravenshoe Pony Club, back to civilisation, along the Koombooloomba Road passing through two national parks and home to the Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo, yellow bellied glider and the golden bower bird. The Tully River is dammed here to provide water for the hydro station. The hills roll by with some dusty sections to work those calves and the short section of bitumen into Ravensoe provides relief at the end of the day. The same generous nourishment will be provided to keep those energy levels up. Massages provided by local therapists are a popular treat here.
There are three options to choose from:
* check out Ravenshoe and Millstream Falls (easy day)
* McKenzie Falls ride (moderate ride)
* third option still to be decided
In the evening it’s time to replace our bike jerseys and padded pants for evening attire as we dine at Queensland’s highest pub at the Ravenshoe Hotel utilising their courtesy coach into town and resting those bike hardened legs.
A less strenuous day as we head to Lake Tinaroo via Atherton on the rail trail. This track provides a much welcomed alternative to the highway. We then follow country roads through Kairi to the lake where we cruise the waterfront to camp at Barrabadeen with its new kitchen facility. Swimming in the lake provides welcome relief for weary muscles at the end of the day.
Several options on this day are presented:
- Mt Edith and God Rock – a steep climb, but worth it for the scenery of Wooroonooran National Park
- Atherton MTB trails – for those true enthusiasts there is the option of heading back to Atherton to hit the trails
- Gillies Look Out – this is ride takes you further around the lake to a cliff face overlooking the Goldsborough Valley. Hold on though, as this is the take-off site for hang gliders
We save the best till last as we head back to Cairns along the Clohesey River track stopping at Lake Morris for breathtaking views and the bike tour finale of riding down Copperlode Dam Road back into town where we meet our welcoming party and supper back at Cominos House to celebrate a magnificent week of off road riding, scrumptious meals as well as the making of new friends and acquaintances. Weary, but satisfied, we head back to our accommodation.
GPS data for 2017 is on its way, in the meantime get an idea of the type of terrain and elevations we typically encounter on this ride, check out the maps and elevations from the 2013.
Day 4 – Rest Day
If you would like more options for viewing the track (ie. map style, topographic, satellite, OSM), you can visit the links below. Explore the options on this website by changing the MAP (upper right) or displaying the elevations differently (menu looking icon on the lower left). Enjoy!