Looking South to
Caloundra from Point Cartwright
Bushranger Bikes Southeast Queensland 'Whale Trail'TM
Fantastic Tours -
Winter 2015 (this is Southeast Queensland's Winter -
expect perfect cycling weather)
Exclusive to Bushranger
- 9 to 16
- 18 to 26 June
- 7 to 15 July
- 18 to 26 August
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 and
design your own magic Southeast Queensland 'Coastal Whale
Trail' cycling adventure!
Tweed, Gold and Sunshine Coasts - Brilliant. Cycle the
The 'Humpback' - Exclusive to Bushranger Bikes
Bookings are being taken now! Be one of the
lucky cyclists to ride this amazing coastal
trail in 2015.............
What's It About
The Southeast Queensland
Sun - Sand - Cycling - and those Awesome Whales
What's it all about?
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!
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.
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 -
now we 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
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.........
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
what's this trail called? We call it the
Humpback Whale Cycling Trail
or the 'Whale Trail' TM
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.
you are from the Northern Hemisphere then we have
something very special in store for you - come and
connect with a little bit of 'down under' culture - we
promise you it's very different and you will love it!
the finish of your holiday you will have some amazing
memories to put with those dreams...........
The Humpback (Megaptera
novaeangliae) migrate from the Antarctic to the
subtropical coastal waters of eastern Australia, and the
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
For more Migaloo facts
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 Fingal, the Gold Coast, Mooloolabah, and Noosa Heads.
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.
'off the bike' adventures 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!
is bike path/road.
The tour is a
- easy to intermediate.
for all the details and an overview of the itinerary.
The romance of the sub-tropics
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!
distances - depending on the tour option up to
a total of 300KMs of easy riding. Plus some great short walks
at Noosa and in the Glasshouse
of 'off the bike' fun and activities.
- 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
a 'Short Break' tour option itinerary overview
– Meet or pick up from Brisbane (airport or designated
point) or the Gold Coast Airport in the morning and transfer
to the Tweed Coast, Northern NSW. In the afternoon we ride
south - Fingal to Pottsville (lunch at Salt/Mantra Resort
precinct, Gelato at Kingscliffe) & accommodation
will be in Pottsville or Hastings Point area. Tour welcome dinner
at a great restaurant in Pottsville. Ride distance approx.
30KMs (Meals – L, D).
– relocate and ride the Gold Coast - ride Point Danger to
Southport – 40KMs. Accommodation on Brisbane’s south coast –
fantastic waterfront location. (Meals – B, L, D)
– Ride Brisbane’s south coast to Brisbane City – via the
awesome Gateway Bridge – approx. 32KMs. Shopping and free
time to explore the city in the afternoon – accommodation
will be at a location close to the city that night. Evening/night ride around the river –
approx. additional 15KMs. (Meals – B, L, D)
– Ride from the city to Nudgee Beach (morning tea stop) and then
through the Boondall Wetlands, past Shorncliffe, Sandgate
and Brighton Beaches, on over the new Ted Smout Bridge to Woody Point
for lunch. After lunch we continue north along the beaches
to Redcliffe/Scarborough – approx. 65KMs. We will stay
accommodation. (Meals – B, L, D)
– Relocate (there maybe time for a short walk up Wild Horse
Mountain to the lookout for great coastal views) and ride
Caloundra to Point Cartwright – approx. 25KMs (lunch).
After a quick relocation to Mooloolabah we will ride to
Coolum Beach – approx. 30kms. Usually we would
load up here and drive to our brilliant Ecco accommodation
Alternatively, depending on how we are travelling we could
continue riding to Noosa – approx. a further 25KMs,.
Total ride distance would be approx. 55 - 80kms with options.
A short walk
on the beautiful coastal track to first point at the
headlands in Noosa National Park
is part of the afternoon/evening plan - brilliant! (Meals – B, L, D)
– An early spin this morning out to Tewantin Harbour
for a great breakfast right on the waters edge then if we
didn't complete the coastal ride the previous day we will
ride from Noosa back to Coolum.
Alternatively if we didn't fit in the Noosa Headlands
National Park walk the previous day then we will stroll out
to First Point and back, have
a quick look around Noosa,
load up for some 'off the bike' adventures.
First up a
drive to Montville (a magic hinterland village) – coffee, shops, lunch and
sightseeing. In the afternoon it's time for a short
walk/climb in the Glasshouse Mountains. Our accommodation is
fantastic and right in the Glasshouse area. (Meals – B, D)
– Return to Brisbane via rural Woodford (morning tea), Mount Mee
and Samford Valley - Airport drops can be organised if
required – timing would need to be discussed. Normally we
would be back in Brisbane early to mid afternoon. (Meals – B).
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 - all downhill!
Point Cartwright from Alexandra Beach
What’s It Going To 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$225 may
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or phone +61 (0)7 3139 1402 to arrange for a booking form to be
sent to you.
know more, have some questions -
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