S.E. QUEENSLAND MOUNTAIN COUNTRY / 9 DAYS / ~600KM
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S.E. QUEENSLAND MOUNTAIN COUNTRY / 9 DAYS / ~600KM

YOU RIDE.  WE DO THE TRANSFERS, BAGS, CAMPSITES, BREAKFASTS, LUNCH SUPPLIES & RESCUES

SUITS MTB, CROSS-COUNTRY OR HYBRID BIKES (38+MM TYRES SUGGESTED)

We provide maps (paper or digital) and set refreshment/rendezvous/support/lunch stops.

On these events, we will support up to 20 riders with 1 or 2 crew, a vehicle (usually our 21 passenger mini-coach), large enclosed trailer to carry your gear, camping equipment and our catering.

Note, there is NO sag-wagon driving directly behind riders, NO route marshalls and NO route signage.

Riders should be able to follow maps and have experience riding up to 100km.

In trouble en-route? Give us a call or text (or wait) and we’ll assist.

ADVICE:

* There is a very steep climb near the end of the longest day, Day 4, the 110km to Bunya Mountains and some riders may need to walk this or wait for our bus. Don’t bust your guts if you have any doubts of your ability or if you run out of puff.

​* It is WINTER and we can expect some cold nights and mornings so bring your warm gear.

This circuit is awesomely scenic and runs Ipswich – Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – Blackbutt – Nanango – Bunya Mountains – Jondaryan Woolshed – Darling Downs – Clifton – Warwick – Killarney – Waterfalls Way – Boonah – Ipswich.

TBA 

DUE TO THE COVID RESTRICTIONS THE RIDE IS POSTPONED TO A TIME ‘TO BE ADVISED’.

Our 9 day circuit lets you ride your own ride – with the support to match.

Overnights are camping with possibilities to arrange accommodation (prior or enroute).

The route runs along rail trail, sealed back roads (with a little dirt) – and for some of Day 8, a choice between the sealed Waterfalls Way bitumen or Condamine River Road which is dirt with a dozen creek crossings.

Pal up daily with one or more riding buddies – or ride solo if you prefer.

Meet 1400 at Wulkuraka Station, 2 stops west of Ipswich (change trains).

Trains run from Brisbane Central 1230, change at Ipswich, arr Wulk. 1340.

This gives Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast riders plenty of time to get there by rail.

We can also offer transfers from Sunshine Coast return, for $100 per rider+bike+gear each way with home pick-up and drop off.

Maximum 20 riders (minimum 6).

Cost $630 per rider.

Add $30 x 8 nights if camping (covers camp fees, tents/mats/s’bags, camper breakfasts).

Total $870 if camping all nights.

You can bring your own camp gear as long as it is isn’t too bulky.

Meals are extra – we will put on lunch on Day 8 for everyone (no extra charge).

Several non-riding companions can join at 50% of the participation rate.

Priced affordably under $100 per day for rider’s bag transfers, comfortable camping, healthy breakfasts and u-pack lunches. Dinners at local pubs and restaurants extra.

Some nights riders can get together and use our gear to cook at campgrounds.

Every day has places to stop en-route for coffees, food and loos.

Each overnight stop has places to eat out, such as pubs, cafes and restaurants.

NIGHT STOPS & APPROX DISTANCES

Sat: Lowood 31km

Sun: Toogooloowah 54km

Mon: Blackbutt 57km

Tue: Bunya Mountains 100km

Wed: Jondaryan Woolshed 65km

Thu: Clifton 90km

Fri: Killarney 80km

Sat: Boonah 75km

Sun: Ipswich 50km

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

(every location mentioned has at least bathrooms)

Sat: Wulkuraka to Lowood 31km

Ride  the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail to Fernwood 23km (town) and 8km on to Lowood (town). Camp at showgrounds.

Sun: Lowood to Toogooloowah 54km

It’s 13km to Coominya (pub, store, bathrooms) and a long stretch 23km on to Esk (larger town, lunch stop).

Then 18km to reach Toogoolawah (town).

Camp at showgrounds.

Mon: Toogooloowah to Blackbutt 57km

It’s 14km to Harlin (village with roadhouse), another 13km to Moore (village with cafes, lunch stop) and 8km Linville (pub). Then 13km climbing to Benarkin (village) and 5km more to reach Blackbutt (larger town). Campgrounds.

Tue: Blackbutt to Bunya Mtns 110km

Ride 19km to Yarraman (town), terminus of the BVRT. We take the bike link route on minor roads (Old Yarraman Rd) and stock route 21km to Nanango (town, lunch stop).

Now we have a 41km sealed stretch following the quiet Brooklands Road to Kumbia (village with shops, pub, roadhouse).

Just 5km along Bunya Highway then turn left for Bunya Mtn, another 27km all sealed road – climbing to altitude 1100m!

Stay Bunya Mountains Campground.

Alternate Tue Route:

There is a shortcut 75km ‘MTB’ route. Split away at Yarraman to ride 26km to Maidenwell village (pub, cafe/store) including a section of state forest.

Final leg is 30km with a very tough, partly unsealed, climb at the end. 

We can provide maps but won’t be running the vehicle support this way.

Wed: Bunya to Jondaryan 65km
Whizz down carefully 30km to Maclagan (town), and another 30km on to Jondaryan (town, lunch). All on quiet roads. We camp at the famous Woolshed 4km further.
Thu: Jondaryan to Clifton 92km
Quiet roads across the Downs 46km to Pittsworth (larger town, lunch stop) then Pittsworth to Clifton Road (46km) to Clifton.

Camp at showgrounds.
Fri: Clifton to Killarney 80km
More local roads over the Southern Downs 17km to Allora (town), 26km to Warwick (big town, lunch stop) and 33km to Killarney (town). Campground.
Sat: Killarney to Boonah 69/74km
We take a little known route over the Great Dividing Range. We put on lunch today.
Choice of dirt or sealed for the first leg:
(a) DIRT – MTB riders can ride along the unsealed Condamine River Road with numerous creek crossings, a favourite 4×4 adventure. It climbs 200m steadily over 21km to The Head (locality only).
(b) SEALED – Ride the Waterfalls Way 15km to Queen Mary Falls (café), then 11km more along and over the Scenic Rim to The Head where we all join up again. The sealed road involves a hefty 550m of climbing and descending 350m!
It is 48km following Head Road, Teviot Creek to Croftby and into Boonah.
Brakes need to be good as there is a 5km stretch with a 500m descent!

Some of it is 15% and steeper.

Camp at Boonah Showgrounds.
Sun: Boonah to Ipswich 55km
We can ride a quieter set of roads just 3-5km to the west of the main road, rejoining at Peak Crossing village at 30km. Again we  can stay west using Middle Rd for 19km up to the Cunningham Hwy, then 7km into Ipswich to our finish point near the station.

Outbike images

For expression of interest or to inquire please contact Ralph on 0406440418, email go@arcadiatravel.com.au or fill the form below.