Stradbroke Island Cycle Tour – Return Of The Twin Towers
Stradbroke Island is the perfect place to camp. You don’t have to take any cooking equipment as there is a pub just up the road (win!) and you can cool down after a hot ride by jumping in the cool water at the beach close by.
Luke’s Bags were the towers from the last ride to Stradbroke Island, and they returned! His bags were suitably pack on the journey to Stradbroke, but return to their twin towers on the way back.
Brisbane can get quite hot during the year, but this weekend (April) turned out to be a perfect temperature to ride! Cool enough to sleep in a tent, but still hot enough to build up a sweat up those mid island hills!
We started from West End and journeyed out towards the gateway bridge. Compared to our last trip, quite longer roads where chosen over busier, but shorter routes towards the ferry. It makes a huge difference if you can stick to the back streets, as it removes all the headache and stress from riding on the busy roads.
The route is below. If you want to follow the same route I’d highly recommend it. You should be able to export the .tcx file and upload it straight to your Garmin device to give turn-by turn directions.
The photos above were out at manly beach. We had just done 20kms of easy flat riding along back streets. Moral was high!
We continued on towards Cleveland, and pieced together a track along the mudflats out near Iota. We attempted this road during our last trip, but couldn’t find where the tracks connected up. This trip was a great feeling to have those roads connect!
As we arrived at the ferry, the clouds turned into an ominous grey and began to leak almost instantly! It rained for about 10-15 mins, cleared up and didn’t come back. Perfect timing I say!
The water taxi costs $19 return for an adult ticket. You can get on the car ferry for $10 return if you don’t mind waiting for the long trip.
We arrive at Dunwich and began to cycle towards camp. By this stage we had done around 50kms of riding, and had another 15mks of hills to go.
The route to Adder Rock goes across the island, and travels along 100km speed limit roads. Its not that fun to have cars wizz past, but they give you plenty of room so there was no issues.
Along the way, I blew a spoke on my back wheel. I was doing 60kms+ at the time. I broke the spoke off and tightened the remaining spokes enough to hold the wheel together until we got to camp.
We stayed at Adder Rock Camp Ground – Its a great place to stay, and has enough trees to setup a hammock in Paperbark Place.
A few post ride beers!
We stayed at the pub to eat our weight in Chicken Parmy’s, grabbed a few beers and headed back to camp. We discussed all things cycling, and slowly disappeared to our tents.
We rode back to the Ferry and caught the train home (slack… i know!).
A fantastic way to spend a weekend by the ocean. Till next time!
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