Bikepack the Lappa Rail Trail

Cycle across the Atherton Tableland for an unforgettable outback experience. 3 days, 2 nights.

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Bikepack the Lappa Rail Trail

Cycle across the Atherton Tableland for an unforgettable outback experience. 3 days, 2 nights.

  • Australia
  • June
  • Cairns International Airport, Cairns (CNS)

Leave civilisation behind and head into the Queensland outback for solitude, superb views and starry nights. On this fully supported savannah mountain biking experience you’ll pedal 145km of remote dirt roads, explore the historic Lappa Rail Trail, and camp in comfort. Your mountain biking adventure includes:

  • 3 days of guided mountain biking in the Atherton Tableland
  • 2 nights of camping
  • Professional, experienced mountain biking guide
  • All meals and snacks
  • Return transfers from Cairns
  • Mountain bike, helmet and water bottle
  • Camping equipment
  • Vehicle support

Perfect for:
Intrepid or casual mountain bikers looking for a fully-supported outback escape in a spectacular setting. No previous experience needed.

What to Expect

Friday: Bike from Herberton to Woodleigh Station

Meet your guide bright and early in Cairns and drive out to the historic mining town of Herberton (1¾ hours) where your bikes await you.

If you’re not awake yet, you will be in a moment. Say goodbye to the support vehicle and follow your guide into the heart of Silver Valley.

Dirt country roads lead you over undulating hills, through eucalypt forests, and along the banks of the scenic Wild River.

Stop at an authentic Aboriginal rock art site, then break for lunch (and maybe a nap) at a shaded billabong. Isn’t this better than sitting in the office?

Your ride finishes at Woodleigh Station, a fifth-generation Queensland cattle station in the middle of nowhere.

The afternoon is all yours. Swim in Millstream Creek, wander the farm, or relax with a good book in the shade.

Cap off the day with dinner, wine and stargazing, then head to bed to rest up for tomorrow.

45km of riding

Saturday: Ride the Lappa Rail Trail to Frankie’s Camp

Wake up to the dawn chorus and a hot beverage. After breakfast the support vehicle will drop you off at the start of your ride.

The Lappa Railway was built in 1902 and closed in 1960. It’s now an off-road cycling destination complete with big views, stark landscapes, and fascinating historical sites.

Bike along the Lappa Rail Trail, stopping often for photo ops or simply to take a deep breath and appreciate your surroundings.

Break for lunch at the historic Espanol Hotel and explore the quirky museum inside.

From there you can choose to bike the rest of the way to camp, or catch a ride with the support vehicle and have a lazy afternoon. It’s your adventure, do it your way.

At camp you can freshen up with a dip in Emu Creek, then swap stories with friends over dinner and a campfire.

35km or 55km of riding

Sunday: Ride to Irvinebank and head home

Wake up with a hot drink and breakfast, then get in the saddle for your last day of riding. It’s gonna be a good one.

Look for shy Mareeba Rock Wallabies in a nearby impressive rock stack, then follow an old coach track along Emu Creek.

Splash through fords, pedal up and down rolling hills, and moo at herds of stoic cows. With green eucalypts, red soil and deep blue skies you’ll feel like you’re biking through a technicolor movie set.

Pull into the mining town of Irvinebank in the afternoon.

The adventure is over and it’s time to head home, but not before you visit the pub for a celebratory drink. 45km of riding

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, trail conditions, etc.

Accommodation

On the first night you’ll camp at Woodleigh Station Homestead with hot showers. On the second night you’ll bushcamp at Frankie’s Camp. Frankie’s has no facilities, so you can expect a peaceful wilderness experience on the banks of Emu Creek.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Location

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West of Cairns where the Atherton Tableland turns to savannah is an immense plateau west of Cairns known for sweeping vistas, colourful scenery and big skies. Originally a mining area, the region is now used for farming and cattle ranching. The Lappa Rail Trail runs north to south through this area, attracting casual mountain bikers from around the country. The terrain is gentle and not at all technical, allowing for relaxed days of enjoyable riding.

With its history of mining, the area has a lot of interesting sites to visit, not the least of which is the Espanol Hotel at Lappa Junction. No longer a hotel but a BYO pub and small museum, the Espanol is a classic example of outback heritage and not to be missed.

Start point?
Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Cairns very early on Friday morning. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You’ll be dropped off in Cairns on Sunday evening, either at your accommodation or at the airport. If you’re flying out that evening, please schedule your flight to depart no earlier than 20:00 Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Cairns Airport (CNS) is served by frequent, inexpensive flights from all over the country. There are no flights early enough on Friday morning to meet your guide, so you’ll need to arrive the previous night.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Cairns
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8.

Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

The biking ranges from easy to challenging, though the challenging sections are generally short. You’ll be riding on dirt and gravel roads with some rocky or sandy sections. The terrain ranges from completely flat to rolling hills, and the landscape is very scenic and remote.

This trip is suitable for bike riders with a basic level of fitness, and, more importantly, an adventurous attitude. No previous experience is needed. A support vehicle is always available if you don’t want to ride the entire day.

Your guides are foodies, so you can expect to eat well. Plenty of fresh, nutritious food is supplied from morning tea on the first day to afternoon tea on the last day. A glass of wine is included with dinner each night. Examples include:

  • Snacks: Baked goodies, hard boiled eggs, trail mix.
  • Breakfast: Tropical fruit, cereals, yoghurt and porridge; beans, zucchini, eggs and bacon on toast.
  • Lunch: Fresh salads, wraps or sandwiches.
  • Dinner: Cheese and nut platters, campfire roasts, veggie salads, pastas, stir fries, or casseroles.

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

The climate on the Atherton Tableland is humid subtropic and tropical savannah. The region usually enjoys cool summer nights and mild, sunny winter days. From May to September the temperature averages 21 - 25 °C during the day, and cools off to 10 - 14 °C at night. In October and November the days average 28 °C and the nights hover around 16 °C.

Your host will provide you with a mountain bike, helmet and water bottle. Camping equipment is also provided, including tents, sleeping mats, cooking equipment, eating utensils, and first aid supplies.

You must bring your own sleeping bag and personal biking gear. Your host will send you a full packing list after you book, but the basic list includes:

  • Comfortable, breathable cycling clothes
  • Thermal top and bottom
  • Warm jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Close-toed shoes for mountain biking (the standard pedals do not have clips, though SPD pedals are available on request)
  • Warm hat and light gloves
  • Sun protection (hat, sunblock, sun glasses)
  • Swimming togs
  • Head torch

Start point?
Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Cairns very early on Friday morning. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You’ll be dropped off in Cairns on Sunday evening, either at your accommodation or at the airport. If you’re flying out that evening, please schedule your flight to depart no earlier than 20:00 Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Cairns Airport (CNS) is served by frequent, inexpensive flights from all over the country. There are no flights early enough on Friday morning to meet your guide, so you’ll need to arrive the previous night.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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