8 Day Bicycle Tour

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Discover tropical Far North Queensland from Daintree to Cairns via the Atherton Tablelands as part of a challenging and rewarding Cycle Queensland experience.

Ride through the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, spend a night in Port Douglas where the rainforest meets the reef, enjoy an afternoon swim at Lake Eacham, and savour a picnic beside the serene Millaa Millaa Falls.

With 4550m worth of climbing on this tour, you’ll be keen to down a pint or two at Queensland’s highest pub before wrapping up at beautiful Cairns Esplanade.

Summary

  • 7 riding days + 1 rest day
  • 450km total distance (+ long options available)
  • 4550m climbing
  • 8 nights camping
  • 2–9 September

Day 1 | Cape Tribulation to Daintree Village

Sunday, 2nd September

Starting in the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest you’ll meander down the coastline, 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.

Distance: 47 km Climbing: 580m

Day 2 | Daintree to Port Douglas

Monday, 3rd September

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 sunshine. Alternatively, get back in the saddle and head up the road to explore pristine rainforest, cool streams, towering mountains and the dramatic Mossman Gorge — whatever you decide, you won’t be disappointed.

Distance: 66 km Climbing: 311m

Day 3 | Port Douglas to Mount Molloy

Tuesday, 4th September

Leaving Port Douglas will be a leisurely experience, with a short but challenging 49km ride. We recommend a 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 is the quaint township of Mount Molloy, almost doubling the town’s population.

Distance: 49 km Climbing: 858m

Day 4 | Mount Molloy to Atherton

Wednesday, 5th September

The morning will be spent riding south along the Mulligan Highway into Mareeba, a multi-cultural district rich in wildlife, museums, coffee and wine. The town has a history going back to the gold mining days so be sure to stop in at the Heritage Museum. Once through Mareeba you’ll ride some quiet back roads past masses of granite boulders, banana plantations and possibly the odd rock wallaby. Continuing into Atherton after lunch, you’ll have ridden at least 87km and climbed 730m for the day. Some riders will complete their tour here, while others will have a well-deserved rest day on the cards.

Distance: 87 km Climbing: 730m

Day 5 | Atherton Rest Day

Thursday, 6th September

Take some time to explore 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 you eyes peeled for these updates once entries open.

Distance: 0 km Climbing: 0m

Day 6 | Atherton to Millaa Millaa

Friday, 7th September

Today 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 the Old Palmerston Highway, arriving at the rolling green meadows of Millaa Millaa, home to the most photographed falls in Australia — Millaa Millaa Falls.

Distance: 86 km Climbing: 1194m

Day 7 | Millaa Millaa to Gordonvale

Saturday, 8th September

The penultimate day for 2018 is another solid ride with a distance of 85km and another 900m of climbing. Ride past Millaa Millaa Falls 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 Cycle Queensland party with the last day of riding into Cairns a relaxing and relatively flat 28km.

Distance: 85 km Climbing: 938m

Day 8 | Gordonvale to Cairns

Sunday, 9th September

On the tour’s last day you’ll ride along the waterfront into Cairns, finishing beside the local 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!

Distance: 28 km Climbing: 95m

4 Day Bicycle Tour

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Cycle Queensland’s four-day tour boasts sweeping coastline views from Cape Tribulation to the Daintree Rainforest and Port Douglas. Explore the Great Barrier Reef and experience the breathtaking Mossman Gorge before taking on a short but challenging 49km ride to the quaint township of Mount Molloy, where you’ll spend the night.

The next morning, riders will cruise the Mulligan Highway into Mareeba to enjoy a multi-cultural district rich in wildlife, museums, coffee and wine. Soak up some of Far North Queensland’s incredibly rich and fascinating history, then ride the quiet back roads past masses of granite boulders and banana plantations to your lunch destination. After riding around 87km and climbing 730m in just one day, you’ll complete your tour in Atherton.

Summary

  • 4 riding days
  • 249km total distance
  • 2479m climbing
  • 5 nights camping
  • 2–5 September
 

Day 1 | Cape Tribulation to Daintree Village

Sunday, 2nd September

Starting in the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest you’ll meander down the coastline, 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.

Distance: 47 km Climbing: 580m

Day 2 | Daintree to Port Douglas

Monday, 3rd September

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 sunshine. Alternatively, get back in the saddle and head up the road to explore pristine rainforest, cool streams, towering mountains and the dramatic Mossman Gorge — whatever you decide, you won’t be disappointed.

Distance: 66 km Climbing: 311m

Day 3 | Port Douglas to Mount Molloy

Tuesday, 4th September

Leaving Port Douglas will be a leisurely experience, with a short but challenging 49km ride. We recommend a 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 is the quaint township of Mount Molloy, almost doubling the town’s population.

Distance: 49 km Climbing: 858m

Day 4 | Mount Molloy to Atherton

Wednesday, 5th September

The morning will be spent riding south along the Mulligan Highway into Mareeba, a multi-cultural district rich in wildlife, museums, coffee and wine. The town has a history going back to the gold mining days so be sure to stop in at the Heritage Museum. Once through Mareeba you’ll ride some quiet back roads past masses of granite boulders, banana plantations and possibly the odd rock wallaby. Continuing into Atherton after lunch, you’ll have ridden at least 87km and climbed 730m for the day. Some riders will complete their tour here, while others will have a well-deserved rest day on the cards.

Distance: 87 km Climbing: 730m

3 Day Bicycle Tour

Keen to participate in a shorter ride while still taking in some of the most amazing scenery Far North Queensland has to offer? Join us on the last three days of the Cycle Queensland tour as we ride from Atherton to Cairns.

Your first day kicks off with a bang as you ride 86km with almost 1200m of climbing to reach the highest town in Queensland before heading to Millaa Millaa Falls. The next day’s ride — 85km featuring 900m of climbing — will be rewarded with a late morning swim at Lake Eacham.

The descent to Gordonvale, where we host the traditional Cycle Queensland party, will be one to remember with 800m of descent over 17km. Enjoy the very last day of the tour riding along the waterfront into beautiful Cairns.

Summary

  • 3 riding days
  • 199km total distance
  • 2227m climbing
  • 3 nights camping
  • 7–9 September

Day 1 | Atherton to Millaa Millaa

Friday, 7th September

Today 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 the Old Palmerston Highway, arriving at the rolling green meadows of Millaa Millaa, home to the most photographed falls in Australia — Millaa Millaa Falls.

Distance: 86 km Climbing: 1194m

Day 2 | Millaa Millaa to Gordonvale

Saturday, 8th September

The penultimate day for 2018 is another solid ride with a distance of 85km and another 900m of climbing. Ride past Millaa Millaa Falls 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 Cycle Queensland party with the last day of riding into Cairns a relaxing and relatively flat 28km.

Distance: 85 km Climbing: 938m

Day 3 | Gordonvale to Cairns

Sunday, 9th September

On the tour’s last day you’ll ride along the waterfront into Cairns, finishing beside the local 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!

Distance: 28 km Climbing: 95m

Images Courtesy of Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

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