Cycle Queensland 2013: Mission Beach to Port Douglas
|1||Sunday 8||Mission Beach Loop|
|2||Monday 9||Mission Beach to Innisfail|
|3||Tuesday 10||Innisfail to Millaa Milla|
|4||Wednesday 11||Millaa Millaa to Yungaburra|
|5||Thursday 12||Yungaburra Rest Day|
|6||Friday 13||Yungaburra to Mareeba|
|7||Saturday 14||Mareeba to Mossman|
|8||Sunday 15||Mossman to Port Douglas|
We just got here – can we stay a little while?
Day 1 Sunday 8 September: Mission Beach 44km
Mission Beach is where the rainforest meets the sea. Today’s loop ride allows us to spend a little more time in this tropical paradise – one of the most unique and picturesque sections of the North Queensland coastline. Mission Beach has an abundance of beautiful flora and fauna – take your time to enjoy it.
This is cassowary country!
Day 2 Monday 9 September: Mission Beach to Innisfail 65km
Keep a watchful eye out for cassowaries as you cycle along the Canecutter Way to the art deco township of Innisfail. Today we pass the RACQ’s Voted #1 Must Do attraction Paronella Park, a fantasy creation built in the 1930s. Pop in for a look.
Up, up and away!
Day 3 Tuesday 10 September: Innisfail to Millaa Millaa 69km
Today we climb up to the Atherton Tablelands via the Misty Mountains Way. There are some beautiful places to stop and rest your legs along the way and because it’s a tough day, there’ll be an express service to the top for those who find this leg a little too challenging.
Picture perfect countryside
Day 4 Wednesday 11 September: Millaa Millaa to Yungaburra 70km or 85kms
Today’s ride takes us away from cascading waterfalls to shimmering lakes fringed by rainforest pedaling along country lanes with rolling green hills dotted with cows for as far as the eyes can see. Devonshire tea anyone?
Forget resting – there’s lots to see and do!
Day 5 Thursday 12 September: Rest Day 0km (Rest Day Ride available - 42km)
Yungaburra makes an excellent base to explore the area – either on your bike, on an organised tour or on a self guided walk around the town. This quaint village nestled in the hills is a hub for nature, dining and shopping.
Get ready for a change of scenery
Day 6 Friday 13 September: Yungaburra to Mareeba 70km or 88km
The lush green rainforest will be replaced by dry woodland on today’s ride, but this signals something very exciting for a lot of cyclists – we’re entering the coffee zone! Mareeba is Australia’s coffee growing capital.
I see the sea!
Day 7 Saturday 14 September: Mareeba to Mossman 86km or 113km
Remember the climb on Day 3? Well what goes up … must come down. Enjoy the descent from mountains to Mossman, a town set amongst fields of sugar cane and thick tropical rainforest. The Mossman Gorge is not to be missed – a short detour on your way into town.
Day 8 Sunday 15 September: Mossman to Port Douglas 24km or 32km (Beach Finish)
Today’s short, flat ride takes us back from the rainforest to the sea. Cruise into “Port” at your own pace and enjoy the last leg of the ride for Cycle Queensland ‘13.