The highlight of this trip is the famous Bloomfield track, a roller coaster dirt road through the heart of the wet tropics that run from Cape Tribulation to Cooktown. Expect some steep hills to get over, creek crossings in the rain forest (awesome fun!) and quite a tough ride at times.But your reward is a magical experience of this unique habitat and our support crew will be with you every peddle of the way. We use sealed roads for 3 days when we're not on the Bloomfield track, so it won't be rough going the whole way!
We stop for tours to sacred waterfalls with Indigenous guides and take a very personal rock art tour near Hope Vale to understand the culture and history of this area. Add to this the charms of pioneering Cooktown - in our opinion one of Australia's hidden gems- the beaches and wildlife of Cape Tribulation, classic outback pubs and a night out in swanky Port Douglas and you've got all the makings of a classic trip.
And whilst surrounded by rain forest creatures, you won't go without creature comforts. We've selected some unique, comfortable accommodation in locations that make the most of your environment, so that you'll be rewarded every night for your efforts every day.
This trip is supported by a four wheel drive vehicle which will carry all your luggage ( plus weary riders) and you'll have a cycling guide with you all the way. Expect good food and lots of it as you tackle those hills on the Bloomfield track, with rest stops and snacks along the way. If you've ever wanted to see more of this iconic part of Australia then this is the prefect way to explore.
Day 1: Arrive Cairns/ Port Douglas. Arrive into Cairns and be transferred to the resort town of Port Douglas for the night. That day we will have a trip briefings and help with assembling your bikes before going off on a short ride around Port Douglas to warm up those muscles! Includes: (D). O/night Port Douglas.
Day 2: Cycle the Black Mountain road 88 km
We start with a drive to the market town of Kuranda high in the mountains overlooking Cairns. From here we cycle through amazing rainforest on the remote Black mountain road. After 42 km we emerage onto sealed road and begin an exhilarating, massive downhill ride to the coast. That night we stay in the resort town of Port Douglas.
Day 3: Cycle from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation Approx 94 km. Our journey today begins by riding back from Port Douglas to the Captain Cook highway and onwards to the town of Mossman, famous for it’s beautiful gorge where we’ll have a quick stop for morning tea. We continue for another 30 km to the Daintree River ferry where we’ll take lunch. Cross the river, keeping a keen lookout for saltwater crocodiles on the banks. Then we enter the World Heritage Daintree rainforest. Riding through the dense rainforest is an amazing experience, the overhead canopy keeps temperatures cool and you’ll be able to hear and if you’re lucky see some of the rare birds and animals that live here. Not long after entering the Daintree we come to our first significant climb, a hill of 500 m with a superb lookout point at the summit. From here the road roller coasters onwards to Cape Tribulation where we overnight at a beachfront campsite at Cape Tribulation. Includes: (B), (L), (D). O/night Cape Tribulation camping (beachfront location).
Day 5: Rest day / Reef trip
Explore the Great barrier Reef on an (optional extra) trip visiting two pristine reefs offshore from Cape Tribulation. In the afternoon relax amid rainforest surroundings and take a swim off some of Australia's most untouched tropical beaches.
Day 6: Cycle from Cape Tribulation to Bloomfield 44 km. Today be prepared for some really challenging riding on the first section of the infamous Bloomfield track for 44 km from Cape Tribulation to Bloomfield. The dirt road roller coasters through dense and varied rain forest with very steep climbs and descents and numerous creek crossings en route. This is very challenging riding through incredible surroundings, a real adventure! Coming into the idyllic Bloomfield river valley we stop at the small town of Wujal Wujal to take a guided walk to the spectacular Bloomfield Falls with the Walker sisters, Aboriginal women with a special traditional perspective on the region. Afterward we jump back on the bikes and continue to our accommodation on sealed road for another hour. Includes: (B), (L), (D). O/night Haley’s Cabins and Camping, Bloomfield (bar).
Day 7: Cycle from Bloomfield to Cooktown 72 km. We continue north on the Bloom field track, starting with a section of relatively easy sealed road before it turns to dirt road and hill climbs again. The road climbs onwards passing mountains and the tiny settlement of Rossville before a stop at the classic Lion’s Den Hotel, where we take a break before continuing onto the end of the Bloomfield track where we meet the sealed road to Cook Town. Admire the mysterious Black Mountain, a towering pile of granite boulders, and ride the last 28 km to Cook town, the largest town on the Cape. The frontier town of Cook town has historic beginnings - in 1770 Captain Cook beached his ship the Endeavour here for repairs and the town itself grew from a gold rush in the 1870’s. Spend some time strolling past the main street’s heritage buildings and along the waterfront admiring the views over the Endeavour river and mountainous surrounds. Dinner is not included tonight so you can explore some of the dining options in town. Includes: (B), (L) O/night Cooktown.
Day 8: Battlecamp road to Old Laura 68 km
Today we tackle a fantastic red dirt road through the Interior of Cape York, cutting through the ranges and more creek crossings.This is thrilling riding and we come cross the ruins of old Goldrush days settlements. That night transfer to Laura Includes: (B,L,D). O/night Cooktown.
Day 9: Laura Festival
In the morning we'll take in the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival which is the premier celebration of Aboriginal culture in Cape York. The Festival is a biennial event celebrating & show-casing the culture of the Aboriginal people of Cape York Peninsula through song, dance ceremony and performance.
The Dance Festival Ground at Laura is the site of a very old traditional Bora ground and is a respected and sacred site to Aboriginal people. It is nestled amongst some of the oldest and most spectator rock art in the world.
That afternoon we transfer back by coach to Cairns. We will have a drop off at the airport and city center. Includes: (B).
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