Outbike :: Australia & EUROPE
Epic (and shorter) rides of Australia's Outback, Rail Trails, France-Belgium Western Front and Europe's Greenways
Some feedback from 2016:
Rail Trails Victoria:
"As I said to Angie yesterday afternoon the ride far exceeded my expectations. Angie is one terrific tour leader and thanks to her excellent organisation, informative briefings and general all round personality she ensured that everyone sensed from day one that the ride they had signed up to do was going to be a success! She even organised wonderful weather!! The storm at Bright proved to simply be a teaser. I still can’t believe our luck on that front. The added bonus was that the other tour participants were great company and inclusive. Summing up – the ride was simply excellent."
Tessa from Cairns
"This tour gives you a great opportunity to ride on a number of rail trails without the worry of how to get your gear and bike to the next one. Get in early as this type of active holiday is getting very popular, and will become more expensive with other operators. Ralph is a very friendly and experienced tour leader, and goes out of his way to oblige everyone on the tour".
John from Dubbo
Bike 'n Wheels Expedition (Gulf to Gulf)
"From the Gulf of Spencer we set forth
To cycle to Carpentaria in the north
Led most of the way by the Tour de France
Followed haphazardly by the Tour de Chance
Through mud and dust and tears
We pedalled with no fears
Until the township of Birdsville we reached
Where we were unexpectedly beached
For one day, two days, three days, five
Our spirits began to progressively dive
Then came the day we again set forth
To continue our journey to the north
At bushcamps where we stayed some nights
We wondered at the galaxies glittering lights
The shovels we carried were a great hit
And helped us bury a mountain of ----
The flies were a plenty, especially at lunch
And I wonder how many we managed to munch
Then came the road trains long and frightening
Speeding by us like greased lightening
Here we pause for a little ditty sung to the tune of "Freight Train, Freight Train, Going so Fast" -
Road Train, Road Train, going so fast
Road Train, Road Train, right up my arse
Why do you not blow your horn
And let me know you're there
Now back to the "Ode"
To the helpers and staff our heartfelt thanks
Who helped stop us all from turning into cranks
With tucker good and a drink or two
The days of cycling simply flew
And finally we reached the Port of Karumba
Which only rhymes with Hertia Lumumba (AFL player - Thanks to Ray for the first name)
And from Karumba to Cairns like tourists we'll travel
And wait for our minds to begin to unravel
And when we've been home just a tad
We'll appreciate the adventure we've just had.
Thanks again Ralph for a truly memorable trip - (the body is slowly starting to mend)"
Colin from Adelaide
* South Burnett Rail Trail day trips, from Noosa or Gympie, Wed & Sat, $120, see link in menu bar
* Great Southern Ocean Bike Trail, Warrnambool to Adelaide, 12 days, 5-16 December (see separate page)
* NE Victoria basing in Beechworth 5 days, dates to come
* Australia Rail Trails in Qld, NSW, Vic & SA, up to 27 days, September 2019 (see separate page)
Next Outback rides will be in 2019, see below and Gulf to Gulf 2019 page.
SE Australia Rail Trails 1-2-3-4 weeks
We're working on itineraries to link rail trails, off-road cycle trails and touring/sightseeing on our mini-coaches in South Australia, Victoria, NSW and SE Queensland.
These will appeal also to international visitors who would like to cycle in Australia but aren't keen to venture onto our roads.
Each week would include 200-500 kms riding.
These events will be in the Spring and Autumn months.
OUTBACK RIDE POSSIBLES (2019)
Eyre Peninsula West Coast
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 etc).
Suit MTB, cross-country or hybrid bikes.
Months Aug to Nov. Dates to come.
PUB CRAWL OF RAIL TRAILS (2019 dates to come)
Ride moderate distances each morning on the rail trails and choose what you do with the rest of the day!
- add on rides on quiet country roads or in nearby forests
- browse many second hand and bric-a-brac shops
- see the local museums
- appreciate the ambiance and amber ales of Qld's classic country pubs
South Burnett and Brisbane Valley Pub Crawl 7 days
Mon: Ride Kilkivan to Goomeri 30kms
Pick ups from Nambour Station or Noosa with our bus. Start riding from Kilkivan on the gravel part of the South Burnett RT. Add-on sealed option to Kimbombi Falls +12km.
Tue: Goomeri to Wondai 30kms
Continue with the rough gravel 15km to Murgon, then sealed 15km more to Wondai. Add-on options into Wondai State Forest.
Wed: Wondai to Kingaroy 30kms
Gentle uphill ride via Woolerin. Kingaroy is the regional centre, famous for the peanut growing premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen.
Thu: Yarraman to Blackbutt 20kms
Bus transfer 45kms to Yarraman - you can ride the roads if you prefer (50-60kms with back roads). We're now riding the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. For extra distance, explore the rich farm country to the north of Blackbutt.
Fri: Blackbutt to Toogooloowah 57kms
Ride the descent to Linville, Moore and the newly opened leg.
Sat: Toogooloowah to Lowood 54kms
Via Esk and Coominya.
Sun: Lowood to Wulkuraka 31kms
Ride to Fernvale then on to the finish, 2 stops out of Ipswich. Transfers to Brisbane City and Sunshine Coast on our bus.
7 days, 6 nights
PUBS $600 double or twin share, $700 single
MOTELS $800 double or twin share, $1100 single
Bike hire MTB add $15 per day.
All travel, gear transfers and accommodation is included.
Meals and any admissions are extra.
NE Victoria basing in Beechworth 5 days
Ride the Mountains to Murray and High Country Rail Trails.
Stay 4 nights in beautiful Beechworth in the Asylum's Gatehouse (up to 10 riders) and/or Armour Inn.
Transfers to/from Albury Rail Station (transfers on our bus Melbourne>Beechworth>Sydney or vice versa may be available).
These events will be in the warmer months Oct-Apr.
Dates and rates to come.