Cycle South East Queensland: Islands, Beaches & Rail Trails


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.

5 days, from

$1,705

per person

GROUP SIZE

12 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

3
Trip code: PZXQ
Style: Original
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Details

Countries Visited:  Australia
Accommodation: Hotel/Motel (4 nights)
Transportation: Bicycle (e-bike available , subject to availability) , Minivan , Ferry , Train
Meals: dinners, 4 breakfasts
Group size: Minimum 1, Max 12

  • Cycle the stunning Queensland coast under the expert guidance of a local leader 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.

Itinerary

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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.

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