Outbike :: Australia & EUROPE
Join us for a week on Australia’s longest rail-trails route and riding on to Noosa.
INAUGURAL EVENT: Monday 01 May 2017 - COMPLETED - WILL RUN AGAIN IN 2018
Two of Australia’s longest rail trails are rapidly developing – forming the trunk of a spectacular back-country cycle route from Ipswich to Kilkivan, within reach of the Sunshine Coast or Hervey Bay.
Outbike will be regularly on the route from May 2017 as the work proceeds.
The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (or BVRT) is nearing completion, altogether 150 kms from Brisbane’s satellite city of Ipswich, up the scenic Brisbane Valley all the way to the old railhead at Yarraman, high on the Great Dividing Range. Last section under construction is Toogoolawah to Moore but there are alternative quiet country roads for most of this 25km.
The BVRT is unsealed and most fun on a MTB.
The Great Queensland Rail Trail is developing along the old railway corridor running inland from Maryborough to Kingaroy. The first 45 kms of completed sealed trail runs between Kingaroy and Murgon.
A similar distance will be constructed from Murgon to Kilkivan hopefully in the not too distant future.
Kilkivan to Theebine and towards the Fraser Coast is 'down the track'.
To link the two trails between the railheads of Yarraman and Kingaroy, it’s 50kms on back roads.
On to Noosa: Leaving the rail trail project at Kilkivan, we choose a 2 day route of 130km on back roads to Noosa, overnighting in Gympie Caravan Park.
BIKES: Best wheels are a MTB or hybrid as the BVRT can be rough and some of the back roads and trails are unsealed.
HIRE: We have for hire Gary Turner Avalanche hard-tail MTBs with lock out front forks and disc brakes @ $15 per riding day. Tyres can be switched between knobblies and slicks. Sizes are S, M and L.
FITNESS: Good fitness and MTB experience is required. There are short steep gullies on the BVRT where the bridges are missing and you'll need a pair of shoes with good grip on loose surfaces!
Monday: Ipswich to Esk all on the BVRT (70km) / camp, cabin, motel or pub. Meet at Ipswich Rail 0900 (45 mins by rail from Brisbane City or 75-90 mins from Brisbane Airport). Monday 01 May 2017 is a Qld public holiday.
Tuesday: Esk to Linville on the BVRT and local roads while the final section of trail is being completed (50km) / camp or pub
Wednesday: Climb to Yarraman all on the BVRT (40km) / camp, cabin, motel or pub
Thursday: Back roads to Kingaroy 50km, then the newly opened GQRT to Wondai 30km (80km) / camp, pub or motel
Friday: Continue on the new GQRT to Murgon 20km, then by road another 20km to Goomeri and if open, the GQRT to Kilkivan 25km (65km) / camp, cabin or pub
Saturday: Mostly back roads via Widgee to Gympie (65km) / camp or cabin
Sunday: Back roads via Cedar Pocket to Noosaville (65km). Afternoon transfer to Nambour Rail if you’re not staying on in Noosa. Trains depart Nambour for Brisbane 4.38pm, 4.48pm, 6.08pm, 7.38pm (approx 2 hour journey).
We provide: luggage transfers, emergency and break-down support, camping gear (tents, mats) and breakfasts, transfers to Nambour Rail.
Cost for 7 days Ipswich to Noosa: $400 per rider
Add 6 nights camping: $100 including Malamoo tents and self-inflating mats
Ugrades: cabin/motel/pub alternatives are available for $60-100 a night (for 2 people) and can be booked directly - ask us for the list of accommodations, rates and contacts.
Add 7 days bike hire: $105
Expressions of interest: Advise if interested and we will email a registration form and request $100 deposit.