Sunday, June 03, 2007
Lake Moogerah - Mt Alford
Here is a ride that perhaps does not immediately spring to mind but is quite fun way to get to the south west corner.
This and the next ride are two alternatives to the Beaudesert H-way which is fairly boring and can be slow going until beyond Jimboomba.
Head out west to Dinmore then onto the h-way to Warwick, turn off on the Ipswich-Boonah road. Take this out as far as Peak Crossing then turn right onto Kalbar-Peak Crossing-Munbilla road to Kalbar. Afterwards turn right onto the Boonah - Fassifern road and then left very shortly afterwards onto Lake Moogerah road. These are not the most twisty roads but they sure are scenic and seem to have few cars and plenty of places to pass. You should be able to make a nice pace and be well out of town before you know it.
You can also get there via Roadvale or on Hoya road into Boonah via Teviotville - cant go to wrong but for the best views my tip is steer towards Kalbar which has a great cafe and a number historic buildings.
After this turn towards the New England highway then left into the Lake Moogerah road. Some nice curves along here and the views continue to be outstanding also. Stop in at the lake for a look if you want or here is another of my tips - before the lake take the Charlwood road west for the short ride to Aratula and get fuel there rather than Boonah. The fuel is cheaper on the highway and the bakery adjacent is excellent and also offers good coffee.
Return to the lake rd and continue on some more nice curves past what would be the upper reach of the lake if it wasn't so dry (update now ok!) (watch out for cattle there) and then on a roller coaster section on to Mt Alford.
From Mt Alford you have a few choices. Take Ganthorpe road to the Rathdowney-Boonah road or Dwyer ridges road to the Queen Mary Falls road or simply ride through and back to Boonah.
I like this area more and more, the rain has the place green again and it looks superb - get out there.