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I am hoping that some of you might be able to give me some suggestions... I am looking for a ride that I could do for a few days that is off the road around South East Queensland (Brisbane). I don't mind driving a couple of hours to get to the start point, but I would really like a ride that gets away from it all. I have all the camping gear I need to be self sufficient as well, and camping is my preferred accommodation.
Has anyone done anything like this before around the Brissy area?
When you say "off the road" does that indicate dirt roads only?
Recently i did a nice 2 day ride south from Boonah on very quiet roads some bitumen some dirt.
But you would need to like hills and have good brakes. (see my earlier post "tour de silky oak")
I stayed overnight at the killarney pub but camping is available near Killarney.
This could be extended by heading further south and spending a night or 2 in the Stanthorpe area.
There are some low-traffic options from Killarney to Stanthorpe, most obvious being the old Mt Lindesay highway.
Well it used to be a highway, but it is actually partly unsealed from Legume to Liston and carries not much traffic.
South of Stanthorpe there is some wonderful MTB cycling on a ROUGH road through the Girraween National Park.
There are also fire trails in this national park but national parks does not approve of MTB riding on the firetrails.
I have not taken my MTB on the firetrails although i have met other cyclists who have.
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Also south from Rathdowney is a lovely ride up Running Creek. It has a couple of really steep pinches to the border gate then takes you into NSW on the Lions Road where you can explore the Border Ranges and the Tweed Range with it's spectacular caldera views.
Further travels could take you to Nimbin, Mt Warning and Murwillumbah before heading back across the border towards.... maybe the Tomewin Mountain Road to Currumbin? Plenty of bush camping along the way and generally quiet roads.
This would all probably require a bit more than 2 days though.
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