Join us in 2018 for an adventure you’ll never forget.
Starting in the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest you’ll meander down the coastline on Day 1, keeping out of the way of crocs and cassowaries on your way to Daintree Village for the first official overnight camp. You’ll have an optional stop at the Jurassic Forest where you can fully explore the raw, prehistoric beauty of the mighty Daintree Rainforest.
From Daintree Village, you will experience more of the FNQ coastline on your way to Port Douglas, where the ancient rainforest meets the coral sea. Take the afternoon off to explore the Great Barrier Reef or just relax by the water’s edge and soak up the spring sunshine. Alternatively, get back in the saddle and head back up the road to explore pristine rainforest, cool streams, towering mountains and the dramatic Mossman Gorge – whatever you decide, you won’t be disappointed.
Leaving Port Douglas will be a leisurely experience on Day 3, with a short but challenging 49km ride. We recommend and relaxed morning exploring the town, cafes and anything you may have overlooked the previous day before tackling the Rex Range and starting the ascent to the Atherton Tablelands. Our destination on Day 3 is the quaint township of Mount Molloy. With a population of less than 300, we will more than double the population for the night and with a big day of riding planned for the following day, you’ll need a good night’s rest.
Departing Mount Molloy, you’ll spend the morning riding south along the Mulligan Highway into Mareeba, a multi-cultural district rich in wildlife, museums, coffee and the all-important wine. The town has a history going back to the gold mining days so be sure to stop in at the Heritage Museum to learn more about the local area’s incredibly rich and fascinating history. Once through Mareeba you’ll ride some quiet back roads past masses of granite boulders, banana plantations and possibly the odd rock wallaby. You’ll share your lunch with some peacocks before continuing your journey into Atherton where you’ll have ridden at least 87km and climbed 730m for the day, sounds like a well-deserved rest day is on the cards.
Take some time to look into tour options around Atherton for your rest day. There are plenty of options in and around the town itself and plenty more slightly further afield. We are working on some great deals for Cycle Queensland riders with local operators so keep your eyes peeled for these updates once entries open.
The second half of the tour kicks off with a bang. A solid 86km ride with almost 1200m of climbing will see you reach the highest town in Queensland before embarking on the final 20km along of the Old Palmerston Highway, arriving at the rolling green meadows of Millaa Millaa, home to the most photographed falls in Australia (Millaa Millaa Falls).
The penultimate day for 2018 is another solid ride with a distance of 85km and another 900m of climbing. Today will take you past the Millaa Millaa Falls first thing before arriving in the quaint township of Malanda and then on to Lake Eacham for a late morning swim. The descent to Gordonvale will be one to remember with 800m of descent over 17km – an experience you should start training for. Our last night will host the traditional C&Q party with the last day of riding into Cairns a mere 28km and relatively flat.
The final day will get you to Cairns, coming in along the waterfront and finishing beside the Cairns Lagoon. You’ll have plenty of time to sort your gear, go for a swim, have a shower and catch your connecting transport to your next adventure, be it an extended stay or your journey home.
Bicycle Queensland Member presale opens Thursday, 25 January.