Sunday, June 03, 2007

Good Motorcycle rides near Brisbane # 31


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.


Map

7 comments:

  1. I know this road well, it's one of the better ways to get on a bike out of Brisbane. It's a good ride, and the best thing out there is the people. Check out the Mount Alford Pub, corregated cows and all!!!)

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  2. Ah, my home town!! I'm living overseas at the moment so your pics have made me homesick! A shame the Mt Alford Store hasn't been restored yet - there was talk of new people taking it over but not yet. If it's alright could I add a wee plug? My mum, sister and brother are reopening the cafe on the Haig Park side of the dam (not the caravan park) in the next couple of weeks - keen for motorcyclists to drop in!

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  3. I'm going to give this route a go this weekend. I'll be sure to provide an update (and a review of Renee's cafe if I stop in) on the conditions.

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  4. Starting from Loganholme a little after 0630, the run out to Dinmore was a breeze with very light traffic. However, if you're navigating via GPS, you'll want to be careful going through Goodna with the roadworks that are happening through that stretch of the Ipswich Motorway.
    The roads were surprisingly easy going, offering ample opportunity to take in the scenery and the mountains as they began to grow ahead.
    I stopped at Kalbar for a coffee, and had a quick look around the old town as it was preparing for the day's Hay Festival.
    I don't have a GPS for my bike, and had opted to navigate via printed 'written' directions from a route I'd planned using the above post, and Google Maps. Unfortunately I'd misread the directions given and had planned a clockwise route around Moogerah Lake before hitting Aratula. However, I was frustrated to be greeted by dirt tracks at the southern end of the lake.
    After maybe half an hour of searching for a bitumen route, I decided to just continue on to Mt Alford, then through to Rathdowney.
    I took a quick detour to Croftby, but decided to turn back as I only had half a tank of fuel, and was unsure how far I'd have to travel to the next petrol station. I will, however, have to go out that way again as it looks like there are some stunning views out there.
    I stopped at Rathdowney for a quick bite to eat and a bottle of water before heading to Beaudesert for petrol.
    I managed this on my '09 CB400 and was very happy with the condition of the roads out that way (with the exception of a stretch between Maroon and the Mt Barney turnoff). As I said, the traffic was minimal, and I found the posted speed limits to be more than acceptable, often cruising well below the limit to take in the view.

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  5. Great report. I too was unable to navi the lake all sealed. I don't mind riding dirt - just hate the bike getting so dusty. You can cut across from Mt Alford east but I don't think west from south of the lake.

    South of Rathdowney your fuel is at Woodenbong or Urbenville or Grevillia.

    The more you go the further you will go :)

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  6. This blog is brilliant.

    I was wondering if you remembered the road that the old petrol station pumps were on?

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  7. Thanks Elizabeth. They are on the road from Yamanto to Boonah.

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