Misty Mountains Wilderness Trails 4-Day Bike & Hike

TAG has an adventurous solution for your next holiday!  Immerse yourself deep within the Wet Tropics, where you will bike, day hike and camp in the heart of Tropical North Queensland's World Heritage rainforest.  On this unique adventure, experience the Mamu Tropical Skywalk, the impressive Tully Falls and rich biodiversity.  Traverse the Gorrell Track to the classic Mena Creek Hotel,  crossing countless crystal clear creeks along the way.

 
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day 1

Walk Mamu Tropical Skywalk & Ride to Koombooloomba Dam Camp

An 8am courtesy shuttle from Cairns takes us to Mamu Tropical Skywalk.  Here, stroll along the elevated walkways, featuring a cantilever and observation tower, offering an experience of being high in the rainforest canopy, along with providing panoramic views of World Heritage rainforest landscapes. From here continue our drive to Ravenshoe, where we eat lunch and you will start your afternoon cycle.  Your lead guide will assist you with getting comfortable on your bike.  Ride the scenic rainforest lined Tully Falls Road down to the Falls, where we’ll break for afternoon tea.  Take a short (1.3km return) stroll across crystal clear creeks, through pristine rainforest to the pondage above the falls.  We set off again on our bikes in the direction of Koombooloomba Dam where we’ll set up tents then sit back, rest with a refreshing drink and welcome the evening in. For those keen and with energy to burn, there is space here for a game of frisbee or campground cricket.

✧ Grade: easy
✧ Terrain:
sealed narrow bitumen and dirt roads
Distance: up to 45km
✧ Meals: lunch and dinner


day 2

Hike Misty Mountains wilderness trails

We enjoy a leisurely breakfast and stretching before we gather our day packs and take a short transfer to the start of our hike.  Walk past an incredible diversity of rainforest plants and outstanding landscape features including stone filled creeks.  These forests are home to many animals, including all of the 12 species of birds that are endemic to the Wet Tropics region (that is they are found nowhere else in the world).  Mid-walk, we reach the Rhyolite Pinnacle via a rocky clamber to spy out a view above the canopy.  Keep a look out for the leaf litter specialist, our infamous annelid.  As the day comes to a close, enjoy a group cooked meal and a sociable evening at our Tall Timbers camp in Ravenshoe.  

✧ Grade: challenging
Distance: ~14km
✧ Meals:
all meals provided

Note…

If time permits on day 2, the Little Millstream Falls can be a visited for swimming.  A short bike ride from our accommodation followed by a steep and narrow walking track (700m return) will lead you there.  Enjoy views of the Falls from numerous points along the track and look out for water dragons, turtles & platypus in the pool at its base.

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day 3

Bike Ravenshoe to South Johnstone River Camp

Today we leave Ravenshoe - the highest town in Queensland (930m), behind. Ride quiet undulating farmland roads until we enter the national park where you will experience some climbs followed by exhilarating descents.  Pass rainforest typical of the uplands of the eastern tablelands and along the fringes of the Wet Tropics.  Finish the rollercoaster ride at South Johnstone River camping area.  We set up camp followed by a cool off in the river, then dry off by the campfire.  Our final night out is a camping experience deep within the forest, in a little grassy clearing with tables and shelters for the evening’s goings on.

✧ Grade: moderate
✧ Terrain: sealed bitumen and gravel roads
✧ Distance: up to 45km
✧ Meals:
all meals provided

 


day 4

Bike Gorrell track to Mena Creek Hotel (pub)

We have an early start and enjoy South Johnstone River for the last time.  Today’s 38km (5-7 hours) ‘self supported’ mountain bike ride features the remote and scenic Gorrell (storm bird) Track, taking you through the Downey Creek catchment. Your smile will grow as you venture along this epic trail, spy the king ferns, bunya pines, epiphytes and giant strangler figs which are a feature in this area.  After a legendary day out on the dirt, we stop and reach for a drink at Mena Creek Hotel - a traditional Queenslander-style country pub, before transferring you back to Cairns.

✧ Grade: moderate to challenging
✧ Terrain: gravel, stony to dirt including red volcanic clay
✧ Distance: up to 38km
✧ Meals:
breakfast & lunch

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details

WHATS INCLUDED

  • Guide
  • Transfers from/to Cairns
  • Mountain bikes
  • Breakfasts, lunchs & snacks
  • Camping in tents
  • National Parks fees

$1195

Per person incl. GST
Discount group rates available