OUTBACK QLD RAIL-ROAD-RIDE 2023
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OUTBACK QLD RAIL-ROAD-RIDE 2023

AN EPIC ROAD BIKE RIDE IN 3 STAGES BETWEEN OUTBACK RAIL-HEADS!

APRIL-MAY-JUNE 2021

A road ride in 3 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 193 km.
  • Stage 2 is tougher averaging 170 km per riding day.
  • Stages 1 and 3 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 all three stages.

STAGES & COSTS

Stage 1

‘Qantas 101’  535 km, 5 ride-days, $1000, start 11 May 2023:

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

Travel from Noosa and Brisbane to Charleville with our bus (add $150 per rider and bike) or on QR’s Westlander overnight train (seats only).

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 2

‘Min Min Lights’  840 km, 5 ride-days, $1200, Start 19 May 2023:

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 3

‘Gulf Country’  870 km, 7 ride days, $2000, start 28 May 2023:

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 (add $150 per rider and bike).

Pricing includes support vehicle/s, luggage carried, camping including pre & post nights, all breakfasts, morning teas and lunches on ride days and dinners at remote camps.

Companions

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!

Extra costs:

  • Travel to and from the event. We will offer Forsayth to Cairns for $150 (if not taking the Savannahlander) and possibly a transfer from SE Qld to Moree (there is also a scheduled bus 3 x a week).
  • Evening meals can be had at pubs, cafes, roadhouses etc (on remote nights we include the 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

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

A more detailed programme is available on request.

Remote camp

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