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Looking South to Caloundra from Point Cartwright

 
Bushranger Bikes Southeast Queensland  'Whale Trail'TM

 

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Fantastic Tours - Winter 2015 (this is Southeast Queensland's Winter - expect perfect cycling weather)

Dates and final program in development


2015 Whale Trail TM Tours: Exclusive to Bushranger Bikes -  Bushranger Bikes will run this tour over the beautiful cycling Winter months in Southeast Queensland 2015.

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

E-mail info@bushrangerbikes.com.au

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

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


Cycle The Humpback - Exclusive to Bushranger Bikes

   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 - mild at worst, 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 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 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?  We 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 2013 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 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! 

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 7 days/6 nights tour itinerary has 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.

There are also fantastic '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!

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:

- 6 nights quality accommodation; 6 breakfasts; 5 lunches; 6 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!

- Approx a total of 275KMs of easy riding plus some great short walks at Noosa and in 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 Itinerary*:

Day 1 – 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).

Day 2 – 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)

Day 3 – 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)

Day 4 – 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 in fantastic beachfront accommodation.  (Meals – B, L, D)

Day 5 – 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 at Noosa.  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)

Day 6 – 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, then 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) 

Day 7 – 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). 

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 - all downhill!


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$225 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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