Last week Pete and I explored a new track to us, the Zig Zag Track, that took us down into the Mulgrave Valley from Gadgara forest on the Tablelands. It was a gentle undulating walk though a variety of forest types before we emerged onto the grassy hilltops overlooking the valley. The views of Bartle Frere and surrounding hills were stunnning, for as far as the eye could see the mottled green of forest soaked up the sunlight and seemed to invite us down.
Miners used this track well over 100 yrs ago. Quickly dropping in altitude, we zig-zagged down the steep slopes finding mine shafts, then rusted rail track and bogey carts and then finally at the bottom, the working site on the bank of a creek. Rusted machine parts littered the Walter Hodgkinson Mine site which was slowly being reclaimed by the forest. We immediately wanted to know more about the place.
We had a quick coffee before pressing on. The track was now largely along the contours just above the Butchers Creek and much of it had been cut into the steep slopes. It was heavily overgrown and difficult to follow. On many occassions it was almost impossible to see.
Finally we abandoned the track and crossed Butchers Creek where it joined the Mulgrave River. We were now on familiar ground and a quick walk along the banks of Mulgrave found us opposite Kearneys Camp site and at the end of a 9 hr walk.
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CYCLING THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS
• There are superb opportunities for families to ride on quiet back country roads through rainforest and farmland, stopping at some of the regions excellent cafes and eateries along the way and ending the day at a Crater Lake for a safe swim!
• The Atherton Forest MTB Park now boasts 30km of world class green and blue trails and a further 30km of mixed trails are planned for the near future. Also Little Transfield at Davies Creek now has 21km of great cross country trails.
• The region has a range of country types from hard climbs in the ranges of Davies Creek/Dinden and Danbulla National Parks to easier rides in accessible outback country around Irvinebank, Petford, Lappa and Stannary Hills.
• Tableland Regional Council has announced that the long awaited multiuse Rail Trail between Atherton and Walkamin will be ready to ride by mid 2014! This will allow safe off road use by young families.
Tableland Adventure Guides offers road and track advice, itineraries and maps, ½ day to 8 day guided tours and bike hire for cyclists of all persuasions – we look forward to welcoming you to our cycling heaven!
For further info. please see relevant pages on the website for tours and hire or call Peter on 0448517979
WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY ABOUT US:
Thank you so much for giving me such a great 3-day cycling adventure. Yes, for this Senior it was an adventure: the first cycle tour for me; the first visit to the Lappa Trail; and the longest distance I've ever pedalled in one hit. I loved the experience, the company and the sense of achievement.
Thank you so much for all of your assistance, both with the planning and during the trip itself. We had a fantastic time. Each day of riding was really different and we both found the region perfect for cycling. It was a pleasure to meet you and Trixie and hopefully we'll cross paths again on our next cycling trip! - Bianca and Sam – cycle tourists from Melbourne
Peter, Jeff and Aimee for an amazing morning of mountain biking and walking in your gorgeous nook of the world. We loved the exertion, views, glorious snippets of info and delightful company. Lunch at the amazing bird blind was a perfect way to finish off a fantastic few hours. - Karen and Tristan, Sydney
Arrived stressed from the Sydney life, but we were soon taken away by the lovely hosts Trix and Peter to enjoy the relaxed chilled out and completely amazing beautiful life in the Tablelands. We were busy from sunrise to sunset,which is what we had asked for, and they delivered this 110%. - Gai, Sydney
Another fantastic day with the TAG team who yet again were superb guides to explore the beautiful tablelands. Morning spent Kayaking and afternoon cycling. Really hope to meet up with TAG again in 2013. - ON, UK
TAG gave us two wonderful days exploring the Australian Bush. Our guide and hostess were friendly and informative. The mountain biking and tramping excursions were well planned and geared to our ability and interests. We thoroughly recommend Tableland Adventure Guides - Jill and Rob NZ
TAG provided a perfect mix of relaxation and activity. We biked through amazing Australian bush, camped along peaceful waterways and delved into our tough Australian history. With great food and generous company it was a very special well supported family holiday. - Bec, John and Family, Sydney
TAG provided a perfect mix of relaxation and activity. We biked through amazing Australian bush, camped along peaceful waterways and delved into our tough Australian history. With great food and generous company it was a very special well supported family holiday.
- Bec, John and Family, Sydney
Peter and Trixie - what a good TAG team you make. So well organised; well-planned itinerary; beautiful campsites; healthy and wholesome catering; excellent interpretation; great back-up support; sensitivity to the needs and capabilities of your clients, with plenty of encouragement all round. The cycle trip adds to past kayaking and walking adventures with you. I'll be back for more!
Thank you very much for the lovely two trips you took us along! We really enjoyed the wonderfully relaxing kayak tour on Lake Tinaroo and the brilliant mountain bike track in the hills, the single trails were great! You were the perfect guide for us: relaxed, very knowledgeable, easy going and friendly.
We were very lucky to meet you and to discover lots of wildlife thanks to you! We appreciated that you were available at such short notice. - Susanne and Edi – Switzerland