SOME OF OUR HIRE BIKES (AUS):

Anaconda Fat tyre bikes x 2 (M)

Gary Turner 27.5 MTB x 5 (S-M-L)

Giant 27.5 MTB (XL)

E-bike Bolt (S, suit 150-180cm)

Outbike acknowledges the traditional owners of country across Australia, recognising their continuing connection to land, waters, community and culture. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.

​During early-mid 2020 we're taking a break as we settle in our new agency, Arcadia Travel in Noosa AND sit-out the CV19 crisis. 


As soon as we all can travel again, we will have itineraries ready to roll. Stay tuned...


EXTENDED RIDES IN EUROPE

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2021  TOUR DE FRONT
Ride WW1's Western Front from the Belgian coast to the Swiss border, Nieuwpoort to Basel over 3-4 weeks via Ypres, key battlefields, memorials, Reims, Verdun and The Vosges.

Operated by Outbike and local guide Carl Ooghe (on bike).

Carl is the #1 battlefields cycle guide and author of a popular cycling guidebook on the subject. 

See our Tour de Front page (2021 info coming soon).

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​Carl's website:www.cyclingthewesternfront.co.uk 

Email: carl.ooghe@gmail.com 

Emma Thomson from the UK Independent goes riding with Carl. http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/flanders-fields-pedal-into-the-past-9608055.html 

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THE RIVERS RIDE DIY

Over 3-4 weeks, basing in Zell-Mosel with some Fri & Sat nights away. Tour on canal and river paths 700kms all the way from Strasbourg to Rothenburg riding the Mosel, Rhine, Main, Saar and Tauber and more rivers. Add the Venn Rail Trail and Hesse Rail Trails. This is a DIY idea but we hope to start to run small groups on this and other itineraries using Europe's terrific network of 'greenways'.

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MY EUROPE BASE

ZELL-MOSEL RHINELAND


Enjoy the continent from our delightful riverside holiday apartments in a key cycling spot, Zell on Mosel, Rhineland.

Zell is midway on the Mosel River Bike Path that runs from Trier to Koblenz and popular for downhill and x-country riding.

In easy one day reach by train are bike paths along the Rhine Gorges, Saar, Sauer, Kyll, Lahn, Nahr, Ahr and Main Rivers.

Rail trails within reach include the Venntrail (125km), Hessen network (245km) and shorter trails in neighbouring Eifel and Hunsruck regions.

Our bikes are free for guests staying one week or more.

Fly Ryanair all over Europe from nearby Frankfurt-Hahn Airport.

Visit Outbike's Europe page and website myeuropebase.com

UPDATE MAR 2020


1. With recent rains across much of outback NSW/Queensland and overseas travel cancellations due to virus worries, we're thinking the coming period Mar-Apr-May-Jun is a suitable time to offer outback extended bike touring. Could be $100 a day for our bus, trailer, equipment and ride support. Plus overnights (camping?) and meals. Let us know if interested. 


2. The next Tour de Front ride is not yet set. Our Belgian colleague Carl has shorter rides 'general themed' (not so much WW1) on offer in Flanders and France that we can book.


OUTBACK QUEENSLAND RAIL-ROAD-RIDE

A ROAD BIKE RIDE IN 4 STAGES

MAY-JUN 2021

Our next Outbike Outback epic will be a road bike ride in four stages on Queensland's growing network of sealed remote roads.

Each stage begins or ends at points serviced by Queensland Rail and with the event we hope to demonstrate how outback road-cycling can match well with QR's trains.

Overnight camps will be in towns, beside remote pubs and rest areas. We may have a camp on a cattle station.

Distances will vary from 64 to 230 km. Longest days are 209 and 230 km. 5 days will do 160 to 200 km.

There are a good number of rest days at key points.

Come for one, two or three stages or come for all!

Companions can travel on our bus at a reduced rate.

1. Dig Tree Dash 1600 km 6-18 May:

Moree - Boomi - Nindigully Pub - Bollon - Cunnamulla - Eulo - Thargomindah - Coopers Creek - Eromangah - Quilpie - Charleville

2. Qantas Roots 535 km 20-24 May:

Charleville - Augathella - Tambo - Blackall - Isiford - Longreach

3. Min Min Lights 840 km 28-5 June:

Longreach - Winton - Boulia - Dajarra - Mt Isa

4. Gulf Country 870 km 8-19 June:

Mt Isa - Cloncurry - Burke & Wills Roadhouse - drive to Lawn Hill Gorge for 2 nights - Normanton - Karumba - Croydon - Georgetown/Forsayth


Stages 1 and 3 are tougher averaging 150 and 170 km per riding day. 

Stages 2 and 4 are milder averaging 110 km per riding day.


Costs are based on:

* $200 per riding day with camping, breakfasts, lunches & support

* $50 per rest day with camping and breakfast


Expressions of interest welcome.


OUR TRANSCONTINENTAL EPIC, the  Gulf 2 Gulf we last ran in May-June 2019  (The Bike 'n Wheels Expedition).

Congratulations to our 13 riders who took 30 days  to cross Australia's remote outback from Port Augusta SA to Birdsville and on to Karumba Queensland. However, flood waters across the northern end of the Birdsville Track meant we missed out on 4 days of riding - replaced by a 5 day dusty bus adventure via the Strzelecki Track, Innamincka and Coopers Creek.


Next event will be 2022. Expressions of interest are welcome.


Brisbane Valley & South Burnett Rail Trails

SE Qld now has a great 300km corridor comprising two rail trails totalling 250km, linked by a stock route bike trail and 30km of sign-posted back roads.

* Ipswich to Yarraman is 160km on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

* Yarraman to Nanango to Kingaroy is about 50km by stock route and back roads

* Kingaroy to Kilkivan is 90km on the South Burnett Rail Trail. We'll be offering rides linking up these trails.


SE Australia Rail Trails

As Australia's network of rail trails grows, we're keen to link rail trails, back-road cycling and touring/sightseeing on our mini-coaches in South Australia, Victoria, NSW and SE Qld.

This concept will appeal also to international visitors who would like to cycle in Australia free from traffic worries.

Each week would feature 200-500 kms riding.

Destinations may include:

SA: Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, McLarenvale, Coorong, Mt Gambier region

VIC: Port Fairy, Great Ocean Road, Goldfields, Gippsland, Dandenongs, Alps, Murray River, Portland region

NSW: Eastern Riverina, Southern Highlands, Great North Road, New England, Northern Rivers (in NSW there's movement at the station!)

SE QLD: Brisbane Valley, South Burnett, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Boyne Valley (inland from Gladstone).

We're looking at periods in late 2020 and early 2021 when we can run these.


MORE OUTBACK RIDE POSSIBLES 2021 & BEYOND

Eyre Peninsula West Coast / Flinders Ranges /  Lake Mungo, Darling & Murray Rivers

Ride on quiet outback roads, sealed and dirt.

​Accom at farms, holiday homes, pubs, cabins, camping etc.

Transfers will be offered from/to major centres (depending on ride, Sydney, Adelaide, Alice, Brisbane, Cairns etc).

Small numbers. More info to come mid 2019.


ARCADIA TRAVEL - NOOSA JUNCTION

If you're in Noosa call in and say hello at our independent travel agency.

We are Shop 5 Arcadia Walk (by the stairs). 








Need ride support? 

Mini-coaches + trailers: We have 3 sets now, with coach seating and extended legroom for 18 to 21 passengers. We also have special trays to secure bikes. Our buses run around between Noosa, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Alice (mostly on tour with European groups), sometimes with weeks spare and/or relocating. More availability April to Sep.

4x4 + trailer: We have a Nissan X-Trail, available to support smaller groups and outback rides.

The idea of cycling remote Outback Australia trails with support became Outbike in 2004. 


In 2016 and 2018 Outbike ran 23-day rides of the WW1 Western Front from the North Sea to Switzerland.

In 2016 and 2019 Outbike again ran the 30-day Gulf to Gulf, across Australia, Port Augusta to Karumba via Birdsville.

  Outbike :: Australia & EUROPE


Epic (and shorter) rides of Australia's Outback, Rail Trails and Europe

Ralph in Reddish England 1983

SOME OF OUR HIRE BIKES (EUR):

Cube drop-handlebar racers x 2 (L)

Cube straight-bar/cyclocross x 3 (S-M-L)

Ralph on the road

Reddish UK

1983

ADDED 19 mar 2020

CV19 RECOVERY RIDES

bASED ON $100/DAY + CAMP/ACCOM + MEALS

MORE DETAILS TO COME

​EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST invited

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GLADSTONE TO BUNDABERG 470KM 7 DAYS

Target dates: "as soon as it's ok"

Frequency: we could do this multiple times May to Sep
Follow the routes of 2 closed rail lines, both possible future rail trails. Via the Boyne Valley, North Burnett Region, Mt Perry and Gin Gin.

Camping with options to upgrade.

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​BUNDABERG TO TAMWORTH 930KM 15 DAYS

Target dates: September 2020
Frequency: once

Back roads, mostly sealed, with overnights at Gin Gin, Mt Perry, Gayndah, Mundubarra, Boondoomah Homestead, Jandowae, Dalby, Milmerran, Inglewood, Texas, Ashford, Inverell, Bundarra and Bendemeer. All days between 40 and 90 kms. 

Camping with options to upgrade.

Transfers will be offered Noosa/Gympie to Bundaberg and from Tamworth to Sydney. 

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IPSWICH TO NOOSA 310-430KM 7 DAYS
Target dates: "as soon as it's ok"
Frequency: we could do this multiple times May to Sep

Ride Queensland's two long-distance rail trails, the Brisbane Valley and South Burnett. Option to travel on our bus or ride back roads on to Gympie or Noosa.

Overnights in Lowood, Toogooloowah, Blackbutt, Nanango, Wondai and Goomeri.
Camping with options to upgrade.
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NOOSA RIDES 7 DAYS
Target dates: "as soon as it's ok"
Frequency: we could do this multiple times May to Sep

With 4 days of rides, taking back roads and trails with  transfers on our bus to give extended possibilities.
Resort 4-star apartment accommodation.
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NE VICTORIA RAIL TRAILS 7 DAYS
Target dates: November 2020
Frequency: once or twice

Ride the new Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, then 6 days around the NE & Central Victoria rail trail network. Transfers on our bus between trails and our accoms.
Camping and accommodation choices.