Saturday, March 24, 2007
The South West.
There is some great riding to be had to the west and south of Brisbane. Some ideas for you are:
Ride towards Boonah from where ever you live, for me this is Western f-way then Ipswich f-way, the Warwick b-pas h-way to Yamanto then the road to Boonah. There is some excelletn views of the ranges to be had if you deviate via Kalbar and then I don't actually go into Boonah, rather try riding the road to Lake Moogerah then taking Charlwood road to Aratula for fuel and coffee and morning tea at the Bakery.
Ok return over Charlwood road and then continue past the lake and over Mt Alford to the township of the same name. Now you have two options ride to Queen Mary Falls or ride over to Rathdowney. To do the first then take Dwyers Ridges road which connects you to the road to the falls. This is a great ride, very scenic and I mostly just have something to eat at the cafe and return same way however you can ride on to Legume down a super set of curves and then over to Urbenville but you need to ride via Tooloom forest, do not ride via the old My Lindsey h-way road it so bad that it will destroy your bike.
The other option is ride to Rathdowney and perhaps take a spin over to Woodenbong on the good part of Mt Lindsey road. I like this road very much and then keep going over to Urbenville on more good road and there is premium fuel in the general store.
See each of these areas/roads in my separate listings for more info and pics.
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From Mudgeeraba depending on how much time you want to spend or how briskly you ride head off to Uki via Springbrook Mtn, Pine Crk Rd, Numinbah Valley and Tyalgum (long way) or via Currumbin Valley and Murwillumbah (short way)
Now ride on to Burrinbah Range from Uki via Stokers Siding (shorter option is head there straight from Murwillumbah)
Ride on via the Tweed Valley Way until you reach the end of the new highway and join the Pacific h-way here south bound. Continue a short way and turn off to Mullumbimby near New Brighton.
Now ride this scenic and twisty road to Mullumbimby and the on to Federal and Eureka as listed in my NSW Hidden Roads post.
You may wish to stop at the cafe at Federal or Clunes or head on to Lismore and stop there for lunch and fuel.
From Lismore head out and ride Rock Valley and join the road back to Uki and then to Murwillumbah.
Now if you came down via Numinbah like I would do return via Currumbin Range and the take the M1 back home.
This is a BIG ride - perhaps about as much as most people will try in a day (its not too hard - I have done it many times) well worth the effort and if you have never ridden these roads then your missing out on some great riding.
There are so many good roads covered in this ride and indeed in the southern districts in general - it always amazes me hearing people say they only ride the north side all the time.
Again see my previous individual road posts about each leg of this trip for further info and pictures.
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