Your bike adventures start in Yungaburra village where you will be met by your guide and transported to the trailhead. All guests will receive a comprehensive briefing on our route and safety. Recommended gear comprises sturdy runners, quick dry shirt and pants and hydration pack. Your guide will be carrying a First Aid kit and bike spares.
MTB the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park Trails
If mountain biking is your medicine, then be prepared for an overdose! Atherton is home to some of the newest and sweetest purpose-built single-track in the Southern Hemisphere. From family friendly green (easy) loops to adrenaline-fuelled blue and double black (extreme) downhill runs, Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park (AFMTBP) is quickly becoming Australia’s #1 off-road attraction – and gaining worldwide exposure along the way. With over 50km of IMBA-graded trails flowing through varying terrain and soil-types, and another 10km on the way, riders get to appreciate the Far North’s diverse flora and fauna. If the climbs don’t test your fitness, the spectacular Tableland vistas will surely take your breath away. Put in the extra effort and climb atop Trail #12 (Stairway To Heaven) and you may just be rewarded with a glimpse of the elusive Lumholtz Tree-Kangaroo . Check out the National Parks Trail Map here.
Price: $110/cyclist for a half day experience (includes transfers in the Atherton/Yungaburra area, bike & helmet hire and National Park fees).
Note: TAG donates 10% of every guided tour booking fee to trail maintenance.
Danbulla Rainforest Adventure Ride – full day
Experience the amazing Cathedral Fig tree, Crater lakes Mobo and Euramo and cycle under shady rainforest canopy. There are opportunities for a swim in Lake Tinaroo and associated creeks. We have morning tea at the beautiful Kauri Creek where cool, pristine water flows from the hills. The vegetation changes to more open eucalypt before we exit at the Tinaroo Dam wall for a short walk and views of this impressive structure. We enjoy a light meal in the village before returning to Yungaburra.
Grade– easy to moderate, suitable for family groups and seniors.
Distance – 35 kilometres.
Price $170/guest, minimum 2 guests. Price includes mountain bike and helmet, transfers, smoko, picnic lunch and National Park fees.
Stannary Hills Historic Savannah Ride – full day
An easy 35 minutes drive to the west of Yungaburra lie a multitude of back roads suitable for safe group cycling. Join a TAG tour to this ‘outback’ environment defined by Australiana mining camps and history which reveals the story of the pioneers of this country.
We start the ride at Watsonville – the settlement with a windmill in the middle of the road!, and head toward Irvinebank before turning off onto Stannary Hills Road. We meet the support bus at Stannary Hills Pioneer Cemetery where we have the opportunity of gaining an appreciation of the sacrifices made by the hardy early settlers. After a welcome smoko we continue north to the site of the former Stannary Hills mining settlement which sits on top of a knoll and offers excellent views of the surrounding ranges.
After tin was discovered in the region in the 1880′s Stannary Hills developed into a sizable township expanding to 725 souls by 1906. At its peak there were 8 hotels, a number of stores, a hospital, two butchers, two bakers and a small school. In 1902 a 2 foot wide tramway was built from Stannary Hills to the Cairns Chillagoe Railway, following the Eureka Creek valley and joining the railway at Boonmoo to the north. The tramway lowered the costs of transporting tin out of Stannary Hills and in 1907 it was extended south to Irvinebank’s tin mines, making Stannary Hills and Irvinebank a major base-metal region of Qld. (Ref; Centre for the Government of Queensland, 2011) – check out the photos below to get a sense of how this place looked 100 years ago!
Today most of this former infrastructure has disappeared and a few stone middens, mining overburden and artefacts are all that remain of the township. We have the opportunity of riding on the old railway alignment for a few k’s and then head return to the Stannary intersection.
The last leg of the ride is the 12 km ‘rollercoaster’ – a superb back road with limited traffic and great views. We end the day at the quaint Irvinebank pub for a cold drink before heading back to Yungaburra.
Grade– easy to moderate but suitable for young families
Distance – 35km
Half Day Bike Adventures
Alternatively we can tailor a package to suit your level of fitness, budget and itinerary.Tell us what you’d like to do!
Price $110/guest, minimum 2 guests. Price includes mountain bike and helmet, transfers, smoko, picnic lunch and National Park fees.