OUTBACK QLD RAIL-ROAD-RIDE 2021
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OUTBACK QLD RAIL-ROAD-RIDE 2021

AN EPIC ROAD BIKE RIDE IN 4 STAGES BETWEEN OUTBACK RAIL-HEADS!

APRIL-MAY-JUNE 2021

OUTBIKE’s next epic will be a road ride in four stages on Queensland’s growing outback network of sealed roads.

Each stage begins or ends at outback rail-heads and with the event we want to also show the potential for outback road-cycling to match with NSW and QR’s long-distance outback trains.

  • Overnight camps will be in towns, beside remote pubs and at rest areas.
  • Distances will vary from 64 to 230 km. Longest days are 209 and 230 km.
  • Stages 1 and 3 are tougher averaging 150 and 170 km per riding day.
  • Stages 2 and 4 are milder averaging 110 and 125 km per riding day.
  • There are a good number of rest days at key points.
  • Come for one, two or three stages or come for all!

STAGES & COSTS

Stage 1

‘Dig Tree Dash’  1600 km,  11 ride-days, 22 April to 4 May,  $2450:

Ride Moree NSW – Boomi NSW – Nindigully Pub – Bollon (rest day) – Cunnamulla – Eulo – Thargomindah – Noccundra Pub – Coopers Creek / Dig Tree (bus transfer back to Noccundra & rest day) – Eromanga – Quilpie – Charleville.

Moree is serviced by train daily from Sydney. Our bus will run there on 21 April from convenient points in S.E. Qld.

Charleville is serviced by the QR Westlander twice-weekly and by Bus Queensland twice-daily to/from Brisbane. Flights to/from Brisbane.

NOTE RE COVID19: Stage One starts in NSW and crosses into Queensland on Day Two, 23 April, 10 km north of Boomi and 10km before North Talwood. If Covid19 is still playing havoc with borders, we will adjust to start the event from Texas Queensland. Dates remain the same. Distances days 1-2 adjust: 22nd Texas via minor roads to Goondiwindi 118km; 23rd Goondiwindi via Route 85 to Nindigully 160km.

Stage 2

‘Qantas 101’  535 km, 5 ride-days,  6 to 10 May  $1150:

Ride in successive days Charleville – Augathella – Tambo – Blackall – Isisford – Longreach. Rate includes camping overnights prior in Charleville and x 2 in Longreach.

QR’s Spirit of the Outback departs Longreach twice-weekly for Rockhampton and Brisbane. Also daily Bus Qld services towards Brisbane, Rockhampton or Mt.Isa. Flights to/from Brisbane.

Stage 3

‘Min Min Lights’  840 km, 5 ride-days,  14 to 20 May  $1300:

Ride some big days Longreach – Winton (rest day) – Middleton Pub – Boulia (rest day) – Dajarra – Mt Isa.

QR’s Inlander departs Mt.Isa twice-weekly for Townsville.  Also daily Bus Qld services towards Brisbane or Townsville. Flights to/from Brisbane.

Stage 4

‘Gulf Country’  870 km, 7 ride days, 23 May to 3 Jun  $1800:

Riding Mt Isa – Cloncurry – Terry Smith Rest Area – Burke & Wills Roadhouse (drive to Lawn Hill Gorge for 2 rest days) – Bang Bang Rest Area – Normanton – Karumba (2 rest days & bus transfer back to Normanton) – Croydon – Georgetown then on our bus to Forsayth. The ride is scheduled to coincide with rail services. Instead of cycling, participants can choose to ride QR Inlander from Mt. Isa to Cloncurry and/or Gulflander from Normanton to Croydon. Taking both trains cuts the cycling distance to 600km.

At the end of the event participants can choose either the Savannahlander train (or our bus) to travel from Forsayth to Cairns.

Small savings are available for combining stages – check with us.

Companions

Oh yes, companions can join the event and travel on our bus at a half rate and assist on light duties – a great value holiday with the chance to ride lots of trains too!

Cost includes:

  • rest day/nights before and after ride stages
  • all nights camping and breakfasts
  • morning tea and self-pack lunches for ride days
  • luggage transfers
  • ride support

Extra costs:

  • Evening meals can be had at pubs, cafes, roadhouses etc (on remote nights we will collect $20 per person for our catering)
  • Upgrades to cabin or pub accommodation is fine with us (if organised by you, either ahead or on the event)
  • Train options – example if you catch the Gulflander instead of riding your bike 150 km!
  • Local sightseeing with other operators
  • Our bus+bike transfers: SE Qld to Moree $150 and/or Forsayth to Cairns $150

We can also book air, rail and accommodation to and from the ride.

OUTBIKE (est. 2004) and Arcadia Travel (est. 2019) are co-owned.

A full programme is available on request.

Booking inquiries: go@arcadiatravel.com.au or fill the form below