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Ride with the Cassowaries

The lush World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Cassowary Coast, south of Cairns, is where you will find a variety of mountain bike trails with the added bonus of swimming holes and waterfalls where you can cool off. From easy beach rides the whole family can enjoy to steep hill climbs for the more experienced, there is a trail for all skill levels.

  • Cardwell Scenic DriveOpen or Close
    This scenic 26km drive from Cardwell is a favourite with local mountain bike riders who can select from mostly gravelled roads and 4WD trails catering for any ability from 10km to 50km in distance and visit some great swimming holes on the way. The surface goes from smooth to rough gravelled forestry road and the maze of 4WD tracks includes multiple elevations.  There is a carpark at the five ways on Forestry Drive.

    Tackle Cardwell Lookout for a steep climb and an incredible view of Hinchinbrook Channel. From the lookout there is ample opportunity to explore the tracks into the hills. Experienced riders can head west and connect with the highest of the tracks which then turns south. The powerline track will take you to another magnificent lookout, however, you will need to walk the last couple of hundred metres.

    Less experienced riders can turn right at the first opportunity and do a loop back to the car park. From there you can ride to the Spa Pool where you can swim if there has been recent rain. From there you can ride a 12km loop by heading 2.1km south and turning west into the hills to Dead Horse Creek where you also can swim. The very experienced can take the highest track southwards and the less experienced can take the “road” south (just before the natural forest on the way up) and make their way to the Attie Creek Falls car park. There is great swimming there even in the driest of times or do the 700m walk to the series of waterfalls for another swim.

    These trails go through both Cardwell State forest and HQPlantations land. Riders need to be aware that traffic, including the occasional logging truck, uses the roads so signage should be obeyed. Occasionally parts of the plantation forest are closed due to hazard reduction burning or other forest maintenance operations.  Generally mountain biking is permitted on formed roads and tracks, however, riders will need a permit to visit the Plantation Licence Area if they are involved in a commercial activity, an organised group activity (involving more than 15 riders), or a competitive event For more information go to http://www.hqplantations.com.au.

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  • Musgravea TrailOpen or Close

    Duration: 2hrs
    Distance: 12km Return
    Grade: Green
    World Heritage Rainforest wraps around this track at Mission Beach for a beautiful ride over a number of freshwater creek bridges through Djiru National Park. This family-friendly ride is on a solid surface with some hard-packed blue metal.

    This mainly flat trail is suitable for all weather access and requires a medium level of fitness. It follows an old forestry road used in the 1960s and 1970s to haul timber from South Mission Beach to the El Arish timber mill. The trail heads north from the car park at the Licuala day-use area and exits on to the El Arish–Mission Beach road about 2km east of the Lacey Creek day-use area.

    Creeks in this area are subject to flash flooding and caution should be exercised. Riders must arrange pick up or return along the Musgrave Trail. To get to the Licuala day-use area and car park, turn north off the Tully–Mission Beach Road onto the signposted unsealed road, about 8km east of the town of Mission Beach. The day-use area and car park are 1.6km along this unsealed road. It is accessible by conventional vehicles.
    Lacey Creek day-use area is beside the El Arish–Mission Beach road, 8 km from the junction with the Bruce Highway and 7.5 km from Mission Beach township.

    http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/djiru/about.html

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  • The BeachOpen or Close
    Duration: 1hr
    Distance: 21km Return
    Grade: Green
    The whole family can enjoy this ride along the wide open space of beautiful Mission Beach. The ride has views to Dunk Island and takes you in the middle of two World Heritage areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest.  At low tide the ride is on hard packed sand with two small creek crossings.

    http://www.missionbeachtourism.com/

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  • K-tree, Maple Creek and Sutties Gap RoadsOpen or Close
    Distance: 40km One-way | Time: 2.5hrs
    This scenic ride through Wooroonooran National Park on unsealed roads winds through picturesque rainforest from the Palmerston Highway, via the K-tree, Maple Creek and Sutties Gap roads, to the Ravenshoe – Millaa Millaa scenic drive (Old Palmerston Highway) about 10 km east of Ravenshoe. Gates at the entrance to these roads may be locked to stop access during times of extremely wet weather or for road works. The roads and trails are closed seasonally. See park alerts for the latest information.
    The area is recognised for its diversity of rainforest types, plant species and outstanding landscape features. Bright butterflies are commonly encountered and you may see a platypus swimming in the creek or a musky rat-kangaroo in the forest.
    Just 12.3km along K-tree Road is the South Johnstone camping area where you can swim. It has picnic tables and toilets. It is another 2.4km to the Gorrell trailhead (western), then 18km to Hinson Creek trailhead with the Charappa Creek causeway about halfway along this section.


    Koolman Creek Track (marked in orange)
    (Cochable Creek camping area to Elizabeth Grant Falls only)
    Grade: Intermediate | Distance: 28km return | Time: 2.5hrs

    Explore part of the Misty Mountain trails and the Tully Gorge National Park to see the magnificent Elizabeth Grant Falls lookout via a classic causeway river crossing. Drive in to the Cochable Creek camping area of ride the 9km of dirt road to the Cochable Creek campsite and trailhead. Crossing the causeway there is another steady 5km following the main Koolman Creek track to the lookout.


    Cardwell Range Track (marked in red)
    Grade: Difficult | Distance: 19km one-way | Time: 1.5hrs

    The Eastern end of the track joins the Cannabullen Creek track with blue markers. The blue track can be ridden for 1km from Hinson Creek trailhead to Hinson Creek camping area only. Following the rolling slopes of the Cardwell Range, you will pass through rainforest typical of the uplands of the western tableands and along the fringes of the Wet Topics through the Tully Gorge National Park. Look out for the Bunya Pines growing on the western side of the Cannabullen Gorge. These trees have not changes since ancient times and this is one of only two areas in North Queensland where they occur naturally.


    Sutties Gap Rd is 7.2km long with a gate about half way in where the bitumen starts, then 4.5km along Maalan Rd to the Ravenshoe–Millaa Millaa scenic drive (Old Palmerston Highway). This trail also can be ridden in the reverse direction.

    For more information on the Misty Mountains trail network, visit: http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/misty-mountains/about.html

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  • K-tree, Bora Ground and Maalan Roads Open or Close
    One-way | Time: 1.25hrs
    An alternate ride through Wooroonooran National Park from K-tree Road allows you to return to the Palmerston Highway, about 10km from where you started. Turn off the Palmerston Highway at K-tree Road and cross the Kaaru Creek Causeway before turning right into Bora Ground Road. At the end of Bora Ground Road, turn right into Maalan Road and follow it through to the Palmerston Highway. This ride can be done in reverse.


    Gorrell Track (marked in yellow)
    Grade: Intermediate to difficult | Distance: 25.8km one-way | Time: 2hrs
    Ride past king ferns, bunya pines, epiphytes and giant strangler figs in the Downey Creek catchment area. The creek can be impassable after heavy rain. Damage to the forest canopy at Downey Creek is evidence of the effects of Cyclone Winifred and Cycle Larry which had wind gusts of 240km/h


    Gates at the entrance to these roads may be locked to stop access during times of extremely wet weather or for road works. The roads and trails are closed seasonally, see park alerts for the latest information.
    The area is recognised for its diversity of rainforest types, plant species and outstanding landscape features. Bright butterflies are commonly encountered and you may see a platypus swimming in the creek or a musky rat-kangaroo in the forest.

    For more information on the Misty Mountains trail network, visit: http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/misty-mountains/about.html

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  • Goldfield TrailOpen or Close
    Distance: 16km Return
    Following an historic path through the rainforest of Wooroonooran National Park, the Goldfield Trail is primarily a walking trail which crosses pretty creeks along a low saddle between Queensland’s two highest peaks, Bartle Frere and Bellenden Ker. Mountain bikes can be used on an 8km stretch of the 19km trail which takes you from the Goldsborough Valley camping area to the causeway over the East Mulgrave River. Mountain bikes are not permitted beyond the causeway. Expect to share the roads with pedestrians and other cyclists.

    To access this trail, turn right onto the Gillies Highway at Gordonvale, continue along this road for 6km to the Goldsborough Valley turn-off on the left. Cross Peets Bridge and continue for 16km through farms and cane fields to the camping and day-use area. The last 5km is unsealed, narrow and winding but suitable for conventional vehicles, with caution. Please drive slowly and watch for wildlife and oncoming traffic. Permits are not required to ride mountain bikes along this section of the Goldfield trail.

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