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 8am 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 roads
Distance: less than 5km
✧ Meals: lunch & dinner


day 2

Bike to Woodlands Tourist Park

Wake well rested and ready for today’s striking landscapes and outback biking experiences.  Today, although long in distance and tough in sections, it is rewarding.  Ride up to 75km on open undulating country dirt roads, featuring mostly easy riding along Silver Valley Road in the morning and over the challenging yet satisfying Herberton Range Ridge Road in the afternoon.  En route stop and explore billabongs, dry river beds, old mine sites and a fascinating ancient ochre rock art site on a single large overhanging boulder.  Be rewarded by a downhill finish to Woodlands Tourist Park in Atherton where we’ll be camping for the night.  This peaceful, green Tourist Park features great showers and a swimming pool.  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 roads
Distance: up to 75km
✧ Meals: all meals provided

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day 3

Bike Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park then to Ringers Rest

This morning our focus is riding the network of purpose-built, single-track mountain bike trails of Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park.  Today’s ride will be tailored to group needs including length and difficulty.  Ride up to 25km of the extensive network of trails for an unforgettable experience.  Trails are easy to intermediate and meander through an open forest of gums, bloodwoods, mahoganys, she-oaks, grasstrees and cycads.  Head to a shady spot at the Platypus Park for lunch and a midday rest. Ride the next 30km on the fast and smooth (to begin with) gravel surface Rail Trail, then onto country roads to finish the day at our camp at Ringers Rest near Mareeba.  Ringers Rest is surrounded by open woodlands and the rocky remains of ancient volcanic activity.  Spend your afternoon stretching out on the grass or taking a wander around the property.  Enjoy some yarns around the communal campfire and if we’re lucky the infamous bushman, Dave, will come and share some stories with us.

✧ Terrain: single-track, rail trail, dirt and bitumen roads
Distance: up to 55km
✧ Meals: all meals provided


day 4

Bike to Kuranda Rainforest Accommodation Park

After breaking camp, we ride through the outskirts of Mareeba and over to the Mareeba to Kuranda railway access road.  This road offers a truly rough and ready mountain bike experience, featuring dry creek beds, cobblestones, sand and the occasional washout.  Sharpen your skills on this challenging but equally fun terrain.  After 33km of riding we reach our lunch break destination on the mighty Barron River.  Follow the river’s course on a sealed road with Kuranda only 12km away.  If time permits and volunteers are available, we’ll stop in to help out at the Kuranda Enviro-care Nursery for an hour or so, pot up native and endemic plants, and learn about the important local riparian revegetation project.  We arrive and refresh ourselves at the Kuranda Rainforest Accommodation Park where we camp the night, then indulge in a late afternoon cheese and nut platter at the impressive Barron River Falls lookout.
 
✧ Terrain: dirt roads and dirt track
✧ Distance: up to 45km
✧ Meals: all meals provided


day 5

Bike to Port Douglas Pandanus Tourist Park

After a morning ride through Kuranda Village, we ride across the Barron River Bridge and onto the gently undulating Black Mountain Road.  Today’s route is entirely within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, which features both rainforest and open eucalyptus forest that makes up an important wildlife corridor in the region.  Delight in a picnic lunch before descending the iconic Bump Track.  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 walking, horse riding and mountain biking trail, featuring flows 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 at the Pandanas Caravan Park where we will camp the night.  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: bitumen, dirt roads and dirt track
Distance: 50km
✧ 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


“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