Savannah to Port Douglas 6-Day Bike Journey

Come on a journey like the old-timers did, taking days to travel from pioneer camps to the prosperous Port. Riding modern mountain bikes you’ll follow the tracks of Cobb and Co, visiting the ‘Village in the Hills’ - Herberton - the oldest town on the Atherton Tablelands, ride the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park, then across Cairns highlands and down to the sea. 

For this bike journey, expect a mixture of easy to challenging riding each day, to stop regularly along the way and to allow the group to reform, to be supported by a vehicle where possible, and camping in a different location each night.  All gear is provided and you’ll be led by your local guide who has a keen eye for spotting wildlife and historical points of interest along the way. 

 

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day 1

Travel to Woodleigh Station via Historic Village Herberton

An early courtesy shuttle from Cairns takes us to the Historic Village of Herberton.  Stepping back in time to see the incredible historic collection showcasing far north Queensland’s rich and diverse history, is the perfect segue to begin your mountain bike journey.  This outdoor pioneer museum will give you a deeper appreciation of both the pioneers and Aboriginal history of the landscapes you’ll ride through over the next 5 days.  Be amazed by the hardships people endured and ingenuity they brought to life in bygone days.  We have a leisurely 3-4 hours here including time to indulge in delicious homestyle cooking at the Bakerville Pub (Tearooms) or bite into a tasty true Australian damper and stew at the Pioneer Camp.  From here we transfer you to Woodleigh Station - an authentic Queensland cattle property that’s been family owned for five generations.  On arrival we turn our focus to setting you up comfortably on your noble steed (mountain bike), to get you feeling ready for the journey.  Get used to your bike as we ride around the station and explore the banks of the Millstream Creek.  We’ll show you how to put up your tents, then enjoy an evening of fine food, laughs and stargazing.  

✧ Terrain: farm dirt tracks
Distance: less than 5km
✧ Meals: lunch & dinner


day 2

Bike to WILD RIVER PARK

Wake well rested and ready for today’s striking landscapes and outback biking experience. Although long in distance and tough in sections, today’s ride is rewarding.  Ride up to 48km in the open savannah country of Silver Valley.  Start off with gentle undulations, then build up to Heart Break Hill.  En route stop and explore billabongs, dry river beds, old mine sites and a fascinating ancient Aboriginal ochre rock art site on a single large overhanging boulder.  Finish with easier riding on a bitumen road and bike path into Herberton.  The Wild River Caravan Park is an eclectic family run business set in an open forest and has comfortable and clean amenities, great after a big day in the saddle.  Sit back and indulge in a evening cheese and nut platter, followed by dinner.

✧ Terrain: bitumen & dirt roads
Distance: up to 48km
✧ Meals: all meals provided

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day 3

Bike to WOODLANDS PARK

Today’s ride rises from 920m to just over 1200m at its highest point before descending with a long downhill finish to Atherton at 780m.  Ride the length of the range on the challenging yet satisfying 18km long Herberton Range Ridge Road.  The road offers riding in open forest of bloodwoods and ironbarks, with wet, high-altitude rainforest surrounding the peaks. On the lower slopes and foothills ride through a drier forest of turpentines, red mahogany, bloodwoods, she-oaks, gums, grasstrees and cycads. If you feel up to it, descend the ‘intermediate’ purpose-built trail Yahoo Wahoo in the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park.  Arrive at Woodlands Tourist Park and have a refreshing dip in the swimming pool. Woodlands is peaceful and green, with great showers.  Enjoy a barbeque dinner and relaxed evening, or for those interested, you can head into town to experience Atherton’s nightlife at the local pubs (choice of three).

✧ Terrain: dirt road &single-track
Distance: up to 25km
✧ Meals: all meals provided


day 4

Bike ATHERTON FOREST MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK THEN TO WETHERBY STATION

This morning our focus is riding the network of purpose-built, single-track mountain bike trails of Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park.  Ride up to 15km of the extensive network of trails for an unforgettable experience.  Trails are easy to intermediate and meander through open forest.  Ride the next 35km on the fast and smooth (to begin with) gravel surface of the Atherton Tablelands Rail Trail.  Be prepared to roll through the occasional washout, cobblestone or sandy section.  Head to a shady spot at the Rotary Park in Mareeba for lunch and a well earned afternoon rest.  End your ride here or if you care to continue pedalling, ride on 15km to the Mareeba Wetlands.  Shuttle to Wetherby Station, an operational cattle station established around 1878, renowned for good hospitality, rich history and authentic Australian bushman's style.  Spend your afternoon stretching out on the grass or taking a wander around the property.  Enjoy some yarns around the campfire and if we’re lucky the station manager, John, a larger-than-life character will come and share some stories with us.
 
✧ Terrain: single-track, rail trail & dirt roads
✧ Distance: up to 65km
✧ Meals: all meals provided

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day 5

Bike to Port Douglas

After breaking camp, we leave Wetherby Station by bike on the historic Bump Track, which passed right by the homestead in it’s era.  This morning’s ride offers a truly rough and ready mountain bike experience, featuring a creek crossing and a few steep climbs.  Sharpen your skills on this challenging but equally fun terrain.  After 15km of riding we reach the top of the range.  Delight in a picnic lunch before descending the most iconic part of the Bump Track within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.  This historically significant route, blazed in 1877, offers views of the Mowbray River valley where the Mowbray River drops through a gorge carved into the forested foothills of the Macalister Range.  The Bump Track is now a splendid mountain biking trail, featuring flowy and steep sections (for example the almighty Slatey Pinch) at an intermediate level.  Arrive in Port Douglas with a grin as wide as your handlebars.  Rest, relax and treat yourself to a merry last night checking out the town and enjoying a meal at one of the many restaurants in Port Douglas.  Or partake in a meal on us back at the camp kitchen.
 
✧ Terrain: dirt roads & tracks
Distance: 30km
✧ Meals: all meals provided


day 6

Bike 4 Mile Beach & Smithfield Mountain Bike Park

Being up early for a dawn ride along 4 Mile Beach to feel the sea breeze on your face, smell the salt in the air, taste a freshly fallen coconut, and see the sunrise, is a great way to start the last day of our mountain bike journey.  After riding the flat, fun and fast 4 Mile Beach, enjoy a complimentary breakfast at a beach side cafe.  There is an option to finish your tour with us here and spend a further day exploring Port Douglas and surrounds and perhaps visiting the Great Barrier Reef.  There’s transport available to get you back to Cairns.  However, to complete the mountain bike journey, we will drive to Smithfield (Cairns) to go on a 2-3 hour adventure at Smithfield Mountain Bike Park - get excited to ride on trails in the oldest mountain bike park in Australia.  Smithfield has a rich mountain biking history of innovative trail building and world class events since the 90’s.  Our epic journey ends with a farewell lunch and shuttle back to Cairns / Cairns Airport by 4pm.

✧ Terrain: bitumen, paths, beach and single track
Distance: up to 30km
✧ Meals: breakfast & lunch

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“A Fabulous Outback Cycle Adventure”
My partner and I recently joined Tableland Adventure Guides on a fabulous cycle trip. The landscape was absolutely beautiful and Peter and Trixie and Matthew were so well organised and looked after us so well. There were 6 of us on the trip plus our wonderful hosts/guides. The bikes were all in tip top conditions and were specially selected and adjusted for each of us. I would heartily recommend this tour company to anyone wanting an authentic outback experience with local knowledge and history, healthy nourishing meals and lots of laughs.
— Maggie G. [24 August 2015, TripAdvisor]

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WHATS INCLUDED

  • Guide
  • Transfers from/to Cairns
  • Mountain bikes
  • All meals incl. snacks
  • Camping in tents
  • National Park fees

$1695

Per person GST incl.
Discount group rates available