REGIONAL CYCLING OPTIONS
Brisbane is the centre of the most visited region of Queensland – the South-east corner that stretches from the Sunshine Coast (with major tourist destinations such as Noosa and Mooloolaba) in the north, to the Gold Coast (with major tourist destinations such as Surfers Paradise, Sea World, Dreamworld, etc.).
Each of these major tourist destinations possess many scenic cycle rides, and full-day trips can be arranged to visit these areas and experience some of their world-famous activities in tandem with some leisurely, visually stunning rides.
These options require transport from home base and the presence of a guide, and would normally require an early start (usually by 8am).
QUEENSLAND/AUSTRALIAN CYCLING EVENTS
Some people who are very serious about their cycling might like to complement their homestay experience with us by embarking on a different type of cycle experience – more like the European style of cycling from one location to another and staying at a different accommodation venue each night.
For interstate and overseas visitors, Queensland has a magnificent range of environmental and ecological systems that are famed world-wide – e.g. the sun, surf and sand of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts; the great Outback; and the reefs and rainforests of Cairns and North Queensland. There are cycle tour operators who offer packages that allow visitors to sample the visual and culinary delights of these locations, ranging in length from 2 days to 30 days.
Overseas visitors who want to see more of Australia by bike can visit icons in each state, such as Uluru (Northern Territory), the Great Ocean Road (Victoria), the Barossa Valley Wine area (South Australia), the Kimberleys or Margaret River (Western Australia).
For those who want something a bit more serious, the annual ‘Tour Down Under’ is held in Adelaide (South Australia) at the end of January each year, and besides attracting the world’s best professional road cyclists, it also attracts around 40,000 interstate and overseas visitors, and provides an opportunity for many visitors to ride the same course as the pros over a week-long period.