BIKE – Lappa, Savannah Outback Adventure

BIKE – Lappa, Savannah Outback Adventure

3 Day fully supported cycling adventure – 120 kms cycling, comfortable camping, historic Lappa Railtrail 

ITINERARY

DAY 1 – Cycle through historic mining country from Herberton to the Wild River then transfer to our overnight camp at Woodleigh Station.
We have a 7.30 am start from Yungaburra and take a leisurely drive to the historic mining town of Herberton where the cycling begins. Today’s ride is mainly on maintained gravel road and passes through dry eucalypt country skirting the attractive Wild River for much of the way. We have time to explore authentic Aboriginal Rock Art, and to enjoy snacks, smokos and a swim. Our destination is Woodleigh Station – a working cattle station on the banks of the Wild River where we enjoy a station meal, victuals and good company before turning in for the night. Accommodation is in tents/swags at a designated camp-site close to the Wild River.

Cycling distance – approximately 40km
Road surface – formed/maintained gravel
Grade – moderate

3 Day Outback Cycling AdventureQueensland Savannah OutbackHealthy food

DAY 2 – Cycle on the former Mt. Garnet to Lappa Railway Line then transfer to our overnight camp at Emu Creek.
An early start allows us to enjoy breakfast and strike camp before the 20km transfer to Mt. Garnet, the starting point of today’s ride. The Lappa Trail is the only accessible ‘Rail Trail’ in North Qld. and one of the unusual and most appealing features of the trip is the lack of traffic which allows safe cycling. The support vehicle drops the group off north of Mt. Garnet and we are fully independent on this remarkable journey which meanders in splendid isolation through beautifully stark range country.

The original railway line was privately built in 1902, taken over by the Queensland Railways in 1914 and closed in 1960. The ride initially follows a graded road adjacent to the alignment and then runs on the original line for the balance of the journey. This is a relatively remote locality with only a hint of former habitation and the ride offers superb views over rugged ranges and fords beautiful creeks. There are excellent remnants of the former railway line including old stone bridges and narrow rock cuttings which we pass along the way. We make numerous stops for smoko and snacks and enjoy a swim at California Creek.

Our cycling destination for the day is Lappa Junction – an historic pub on the Dimbulah/Chillagoe Road where we are met by the support vehicle and transfer the10 km to our overnight bush camp on the beautiful, paperbark-fringed Emu Creek or to a rustic camp on Oaky Creek. The late afternoon is spent resting and swimming before the evening meal around a camp fire and a good night’s sleep. Accommodation is in tents/swags at a designated camp-site close to the river.

Cycling distance – optional, between approximately 35 – 50km
Road surface – formed/partly maintained, partly unmaintained gravel
Grade – moderate

Historic Lappa Railtrail Bike through Queensland SavannahSay g'day to the Lappa Junction pub

DAY 3 – Cycle from Emu Creek camp-site to the historic mining village of Irvinebank and then transfer to Yungaburra
You awake to a hot mug of ‘brew of choice’ before starting the day with a swim and breakfast. The support crew will strike camp before today’s journey which is a peaceful, supported, 40 km cycle on a good maintained gravel road which winds its way through beautiful Eucalypt timbered ranges. This was part of the original coach track and there are opportunities for historic interpretation, snack and smoko breaks and a swim in refreshing creeks. Our destination for the day is the quaint Heritage Listed mining village of Irvinebank where we enjoy a well deserved drink before the pleasant transfer back to Yungaburra.

Cycling distance – approximately 40km
Road surface – formed/maintained gravel
Grade – easy to moderate

Time to put the feet upFully supported cycling adventure

WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE

• Toyota Hi Ace 10 seater van with 7 bike trailer
• Cycle Guide and driver
• Guest transfers
• Good quality mountain bikes, helmets and bike spares
• Safety equipment
• Maps, wildlife books and binoculars for guests use
• All meals, snacks and drinks
• Quality tents and all camping gear
• Interpretation of the local environment
• All National Park permits

WHAT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE

Please view and Printout Gear List

PRICE

Our all inclusive price is $750/guest, discounted to $650/guest for groups of 4 or more guests.
– minimum numbers apply

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