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Cycle South East Queensland: Islands, Beaches & Rail Trails

Cycle South East Queensland: Islands, Beaches & Rail Trails

From $ 1,965 AUD

Description

Cycle the Queensland coast from cosmopolitan Brisbane to laid back North Stradbroke Island and up to Noosa, enjoying spectacular views, ancient rock formations, pristine beaches and fascinating heritage along the way. Leave the road behind and wind your way back along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail via classic Queensland towns and pubs. From the beaches to the hinterland to the traffic-free bike paths, this trip has something for everyone at a pace all travellers can enjoy. And there’s plenty to do off the bike as well.

Trip Name
Cycle South East Queensland: Islands, Beaches & Rail Trails
Last Updated
2022-07-03
Days
5
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Cycle the stunning Queensland coast and enjoy the perfect mix of adventure both on and off the bike.
  • Ride the best - and mostly downhill - parts of the traffic-free Brisbane Valley Rail Trail from Yarraman to Toogoolawah.
  • Catch incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and endless sandy beaches of North Stradbroke Island – a sight that’s well worth the cycle.
  • Discover local sites, local life and fascinating Indigenous history as you explore charming coastal towns and sample South Queensland’s laidback lifestyle.
  • Enjoy your transits as much as your cycling with a ferry trip across Moreton Bay and a drive through the Glass House Mountains.
  • Cycle in the company of an experienced guide as they share their unique perspective of this fascinating region.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Brisbane
Welcome to Brisbane, Queensland’s cosmopolitan capital and gateway to some of the best beaches and hinterlands in the state. Meet your fellow cyclists and guide at 11am for a brief group meeting then it’s time to saddle up and enjoy your first ride as you cycle the Brisbane River Loop which includes a combination of bikeways and on-road riding. Return to the city in the late afternoon with ample time to explore the local area. Why not go out for an evening meal and get to know the rest of your riding group better? Your local leader can suggest the best places to eat and drink in and around the city.
Day 2 - North Stradbroke Island
After an early breakfast, grab your bike and head to the train station for the short trip to Cleveland before boarding the ferry (approximately 30 minutes) to laidback North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), the world’s second largest sand island. After the ferry traffic has dissipated, make your way up the undulating East Coast Road (pretty much the only paved road across the island) past endless eucalyptus trees before arriving at the untouched beaches that North Straddie is famous for. Perhaps grab a quick coffee and cake as you take in beautiful Cylinder Beach then continue on to Point Lookout and the seemingly endless views down the golden sands of Main Beach. Take the time to appreciate the rich and fascinating indigenous history of the island and the local Quandamooka people, dating back at least 21,000 years, on a one-hour cultural walk and talk around the headland at Point Lookout. Afterwards perhaps take a quick dip in the azure water before riding back to Dunwich. Relax on the ferry back to the mainland then return to Brisbane where you’ll have a free evening to either unwind or further explore this beautiful city.
Day 3 - Coastal ride to Noosa
Start early with a drive north to Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast. While your group leader takes your luggage on to Noosa for you, hit the patrolled beach, visit the community market, or grab a quick bite to eat in this friendly beachside village. Once you guide returns, it’s time to ride north along the Surf Beaches Trail, an off-road coastal pathway that follows the Pacific through laidback seaside towns towards Noosa Heads National Park. From here, take the flat Noosa River Trail with its mix of on- and off-road riding as you follow the river inland before joining the North Shore Wilderness Trail. Take the punt across the river and ride the flat and quiet road through the Great Sandy National Park to Noosa’s North Shore beach. This serene yet stunning beach is the perfect place to relax before riding back to Noosa, your home for the night.
Day 4 - Brisbane Valley Rail Trail to Linville
After breakfast, take a scenic drive into the hinterland, stopping along the way for spectacular views of the Glass House Mountains. From here, continue inland to the tiny country town of Yarraman, the start point for your next 2 days’ riding along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail which is currently the longest rail trail in Australia. Enjoy the lack of traffic as the only sounds you’ll hear are bellbird calls and your tyres crunching on the gravel. Along the way, stop at the historic Benarkin culvert before the trail emerges from the forest to allow great views of the Brisbane River Valley, descending through red soil and open country to the tiny rural town of Linville and it’s atmospheric pub which has been serving beer since 1904. What better place to relax after a good day’s ride?
Day 5 - Brisbane Valley Rail Trail & Brisbane
Your last day of cycling sees you leave the hills and sleepy Linville behind and head south back along the Brisbane River Rail Trail, cycling through flat farming land and the small town of Moore and on to Harlin, crossing the Harlin Rail Bridge, the only surviving concrete and steel railway bridge on the Brisbane Valley railway line. Stop for refreshments in town then head further south, riding through the only railway tunnel on the Brisbane Valley line, the 100 metre-long heritage-listed Yimbun Railway Tunnel, before you cruise into Toogoolawah where your cycling concludes. From here it is a short drive back to Brisbane, where your South East Queensland cycling adventure finishes on arrival.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
04-09-202208-09-2022AUD $ 1,965-
30-10-202203-11-2022AUD $ 1,965-
04-12-202208-12-2022AUD $ 1,965-
19-03-202323-03-2023AUD $ 1,965-
30-04-202304-05-2023AUD $ 1,965-
14-05-202318-05-2023AUD $ 2,100-
18-06-202322-06-2023AUD $ 1,965-
02-07-202306-07-2023AUD $ 1,965-
06-08-202310-08-2023AUD $ 2,165-
13-08-202317-08-2023AUD $ 1,965-
17-09-202321-09-2023AUD $ 2,100-
24-09-202328-09-2023AUD $ 1,965-
15-10-202319-10-2023AUD $ 1,965-
29-10-202302-11-2023AUD $ 2,100-
19-11-202323-11-2023AUD $ 1,965-
17-12-202321-12-2023AUD $ 1,965-

Accommodation

Hotel/Motel (4 nights)

Transport

Bicycle (e-bike available,subject to availability),Minivan,Ferry,Train

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