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Bushranger Bikes Southeast Queensland  'Whale Trail'TM



Fantastic Tours - Winter 2016 (this is Southeast Queensland's Winter - expect perfect cycling weather)

2016 Whale Trail TM Tours: Exclusive to Bushranger Bikes -

Tour Dates
12 to 18 June 2016 - Taking Bookings Now

- Late June/Early July 2016 - Enquiries Now

- July 2016 - Enquiries Now

- August 2016 - Enquiries Now!

There are various itinerary options available from 4 day 'Short Breaks' to the longer Sunshine Coast to Tweed Coast 7 day tour.  Contact Bushranger Bikes now to discuss the 2016 options for this magic Southeast Queensland 'Coastal Whale Trail' cycling adventure!

More details below....................

Tweed, Gold and Sunshine Coasts - Brilliant. Cycle the Whale Trail TM - Enquire Now!

E-mail info@bushrangerbikes.com.au

Cycle The 'Humpback' - Exclusive to Bushranger Bikes

Enquiries and Bookings are being taken now!  Be one of the lucky cyclists to ride this amazing coastal trail in 2016.............

What's It About       The Whales       Some Details       Itinerary       Cost       Bookings

   The Southeast Queensland 'Whale Trail'TM

Brisbane Sunrise

Beaches - Sun - Sand - Cycling - and those Awesome Whales

What's it all about?

It's about dreaming..............

We all dream and, if you are a cyclist, it might be about a brilliant cycling holiday - quiet, meandering backroads; easy, relaxed pace; perfect scenery...As we dream a little deeper, there are possibly vineyards, lazy old canals...Yes, this is European cycle touring and something we all dream about but, for those of us who live in the southern hemisphere, the sleep becomes a little disturbed as we battle long distance transfers, queuing at busy airports, lots of people and driving and language challenges.  Those of us lucky enough to live in countries "down under", fondly remember lazy family holidays by the water - big beaches, rolling surf, golden sand, fishing, surfing, beach cricket, perfect weather, long days exploring, meeting and making friends, and probably early romances - yes, ours is a beach and coast culture!

And why wouldn't it be?  In Australia we have arguably the best beaches in the world.  Swimming, surfing and fishing are not only some of our favourite recreational pursuits - they define us.  Australia's climate is magic - on the east coast it is mild at worst, and sub tropical in Southeast Queensland and easily summed up in one word - brilliant!  And winter is the pick of seasons in the 'southeast' - low rainfall, perfect days and nice cycling temperatures.  It really doesn't get much better.

For the last couple of years Bushranger Bikes has been running cycling trips up and down the beautiful Tweed, Gold & Sunshine Coasts - checking out various sections of the meandering coastline trails and getting feedback from our friends and fellow cyclists.  The aim was to develop a world class adventure cycling trail that very much connected with and show cased our culture, and right here in our backyard - Southeast Queensland. 

And now I have - it reads like a 'wheres where' of iconic beach locations - Pottsville, Hastings Point, Cabarita, Kingscliff, Fingal, Point Danger, Currumbin, Burleigh Heads, Miami Beach, Mermaid Beach, Surfers Paradise, Manly Harbour, Shorncliffe, Sandgate, Scarborough, Caloundra, Mooloolabah, Maroochydore, Coolum Beach, Peregian Beach, and ......of course - Noosa Heads. Plus along the way - many smaller but just as beautiful beaches and seaside communities.

And if that's not enough to get the dreaming re-aligned, we have the hinterland - small, intermit, maybe boutique - settlements that sit on the high ranges overlooking the coast where the communities are funky, arty, relaxed and cool - yes the temperatures up there are noticeably a little lower than at sea level, and the pace even more relaxed.  The vegetation is tropical, the cafes, food and shopping fantastic and the views.........

To the cycling - the bike paths and back roads are safe and level, the coastal scenery is breath-taking, and we have that laid back costal vibe.  Being adjacent to the coast there's great food and accommodation and all services are readily available. And then we have those awesome whales - the Humpback Whale to be specific!

So what's this trail called?  I call it the Humpback Whale Cycling Trail TM or the 'Whale Trail' TM for short. 

Refresh your dreams and start dreaming Southeast Queensland.  Come and join Bushranger Bikes cycling the Humpback in Winter & Spring each year - and if you are from New Zealand or Australia - reconnect with 'your culture' and perhaps relive a little of the fun from your childhood.

If you are from the Northern Hemisphere then I have something very special in store for you - come and connect with a little bit of 'down under' culture - I promise you it's very different and you will love it! 

And at the finish of your holiday you will have some amazing memories to put with those dreams...........

The Whales:

The Humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrate from the Antarctic to the subtropical coastal waters of eastern Australia, and the South
Pacific islands each year, travelling up and then back down the east coast of Australia between late April and November. This is where they mate in spring, and give birth in winter.  An estimated 14000 humpback whales migrate approximately 6000 km to Australia’s east coast each year.

Many pods (groups of whales) stop for short periods in bays along the Australian coastline. The waters of South East Queensland play an important part in this migration and as you travel along the coastline on your bike you can sight whales at play in the warm waters off the beaches - truly awesome!

The 'Superstar' of whales is Migaloo, Australia’s most well-known humpback whale.  When he was first sighted (June 1991) he was the only known all white whale in the world and up until September 2011 Migaloo was thought to be the only all white Humpback Whale in the world. Then amazing footage emerged of a 100% all white baby humpback calf. This new white whale unofficially named MJ (Migaloo Junior) has amazed & delighted people from around the world.

Migaloo is an adult male who we believe was born in 1986.  Because Migaloo is such a unique whale he has special Queensland & Commonwealth Government legislation that is enacted each year to protect him from harassment. For this reason all vessels including Jet-skis are prohibited from approaching Migaloo no closer than 500m and Aircraft no lower then 2000 feet. The Fine for breaching this law is $16,500.00!  For more Migaloo facts click here.

Details of the Bushranger Bikes Whale Trail TMTour.......

This exclusive Bushranger Bikes tour has various itineraries that have been designed to take full advantage of arguably some of the best coastal cycling, scenery and beaches in Australia with iconic locations such as Noosa Heads, Mooloolabah, the Gold Coast and Fingal.  Predominantly the riding will be on our fantastic coastal bikeways with some short road sections, and in this regions perfect cycling seasons - Autumn/Winter/Spring - expect magic riding looking out over the coast with the added attraction of some whale spotting.  The ride over the Brisbane River via the Gateway Bridge will be one of the many highlights.

The gradient is mainly flat so expect relaxed easy cycling, the ride distances each day aren’t massive but from experience I know that groups will want plenty of time to stop and take in the awesome coastal scenery, snap those special photos and enjoy the great cafes and food along the way, so each day will be a full day.

There are also fantastic 'off the bike' adventure options like Noosa Heads National Park, the Glasshouse Mountains, Montville, Noosa shops & cafes, and Brisbane's CBD, Southbank and gardens so this will be one very memorable experience - make sure you are on board!

Category is bike path/road. The tour is a Grade 2 - easy to intermediate.  Read on for all the details and an overview of the itinerary.

The romance of the sub-tropics

What's Included:

- quality accommodation; all breakfasts; most lunches; all dinners; vehicle & guide support; transfers as outlined in the itinerary; advice on packing and what to bring; advice on training and ride preparation; great company and lots of fun!

- Ride distances - depending on the tour option up to a total of 300KMs of easy riding. Plus some great short walks at Noosa and possibly the Glasshouse Mountains.

- Plenty of 'off the bike' fun and activities.

What's not included:

- morning & afternoon teas, soft & alcoholic drinks, airfares, baggage (& excess baggage) charges, travel insurance, other transfers and any additional costs.

The Maroochy River

An Overview of the full 6 night/7 day tour Itinerary*: (this tour can run in either direction - but usually from the North to South).

This is just a brief outline of this fantastic trip.  The full itinerary will be provided upon booking.

For a 'Short Break' tour option itinerary overview click here.....

Day 1: Brisbane Airport/accommodation pickup mid morning and drive to Noosa.  Lunch will be along the way at a local icon and we will arrive in Noosa mid afternoon.

We can sort bikes for everyone in the afternoon, go for a quick spin/sight seeing and a walk around the headland in the National Park in the evening is a must. 

Dinner will be on the Noosa River front so a perfect way to start off this tour. And our accommodation is brilliant and takes advantage of the unique Noosa Wetlands and ecco environment.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:

Starts with a great breakfast location – we will go for an early spin on the bikes to Tewantin harbour and have breakfast over the water.

Then ride Noosa to Coolum (lunch at Coolum or Marcoola Beach along the way) and then back on the bikes riding Coolum to Alexandra Headlands – approx 50kms. Fantastic views – mainly bike path and back roads, plenty of photo opportunities and things to see.

Dinner will be a local restaurant - maybe a Surf Club is the way to go on the coast!

Accommodation will be in the Alexandra Headlands/Mooloolabah/Buderim area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

Breakfast will be at Pt Cartwright.  Then it’s on the bikes for a ride around the Heads and up to the lighthouse - amazing views - before we cycle south to Caloundra – approx. 30kms away.  Lunch will be on the Pumistone Passage at Caloundra overlooking the water.

Time to load up for a drive through to Scarborough/Redcliffe.   Tonight our accommodation is spectacular with a central location for some easy beachfront walks and fantastic sea views out over Moreton Bay and islands.  Dinner will be at Redcliffe.

If time permits we may visit the Glasshouse Mountains – maybe we can walk/climb some of the easier peaks for fantastic views.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

After breakfast at Redcliffe we will ride from Scarborough along the beachfront bike path (fantastic bay views all the way) to coffee at Woody Point.  Over the new Ted Smout Bridge to Brighton, Sandgate and Shorncliffe – the views just keep getting better.

Then on through the Boondall Wetlands and to Pam’s Café at Nudgee Beach for lunch.

Back on the bikes after lunch we will ride along the Kedron Brook bikeway and in through the North Brisbane suburbs of Hendra and Ascot to the Brisbane River at Hamilton.  The bikeway continues along the rivers edge through the inner city suburbs of Newstead, Teneriffe and New Farm and into Brisbane City.  The ride distance today – 60 - 70kms.

There are plenty of great new coffee or dinner spots around the city, New Farm or Teneriffe so one of these will provide the perfect way to relax after a big day in the saddle.

Then – if anyone has any energy left – we could do an evening walk around the city and river, and catch a River Cat to see the city from a different perspective.

Accommodation will be somewhere in the extended Brisbane CBD and close to the river so a great central location with access to the city bikeways and River Boardwalk.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

Breakfast close to our accommodation, maybe some time for a short city/river ride then we will tackle the awesome Gateway Bridge and ride to Brisbane’s southern coastal beaches – Wynnum & Manly.

Our accommodation will be at Manly Boat Harbour and dinner will be at one of the great local cafes or restaurants.  Seafood should be the theme!

Ride distance – there are some different options today but probably around 30kms+.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 6:

After breakfast we will load the bikes and gear into the van/trailer and drive through the Gold Coast – maybe a little sight seeing along the way and then we cross the Tweed River and into NSW.  Around to Fingal Beach – unload and spin south to Salt Resort for a nice relaxing lunch.

Back on the bikes and south again all the way to Pottsville – a great relaxing cruise of around 35kms – nice way to wrap up the cycling component of this tour.

Dinner will probably be at Pottsville or Cabarita and our accommodation will be at Hastings Point or Cabarita – with views out over the ocean.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7:

Unfortunately it’s time to pack and head back to Brisbane and the finish of this tour.  There may be the option for a spin on the bikes back to Salt Resort for breakfast.

Then it's either an Airport drop or hotel/motel if you have organised to stay on.

An airport drop at Gold Coast is also an option.

There might also be some more sight seeing options depending on everyone’s arrangements and timing requirements.

Meals – Breakfast.

Bushranger can provide advice on options to stay longer in Brisbane or Southeast Queensland and assist with the organisation of additional bookings etc.

* the itinerary is subject to change as a result of weather, safety issues, timing and group size.  It can also be run in the reverse direction.

Point Cartwright from Alexandra Beach

What’s It Going To Cost?

Cost: AU$1995* per person - includes meals, accommodations and transfers as outlined above plus bike and equipment hire.  GST is included.

A deposit of AU$500 per person will be required at the time of booking.  # All costs are in Australian dollars.

* Prices are subject to change and can be impacted by rising fuel costs and seasonal rates.  A single supplement of *AU$400 may apply.

What do I need to do to book my place on the tour?

Places on this tour are usually limited to six people.  Please contact Bushranger Bikes (info@bushrangerbikes.com.au) or phone +61 (0)7 3139 1402 to arrange for a booking form to be sent to you.

Want to know more, have some questions - please contact me - E-mail info@bushrangerbikes.com.au

Finally, Bushranger Tours are not hardcore races across the country side where the scenery is just a blur.  They are adventure rides for adventurous people, of all ages and most skill and fitness levels.  You actually get to experience the places you travel through, take in the magic breathtaking scenery and enjoy the hiking and cycling experience with friends.  Go on – put this tour on your to do list, put a tick beside it and contact Bushranger today for more information – info@bushrangerbikes.com.au.  www.bushrangerbikes.com.au

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