ATHERTON FOREST MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK
The Atherton Tablelands offers some of the best mountain bike and road cycling adventures in Queensland. Magnificent flowing single track, family trails, epic mountain bike rides and scenic back country roads that take the breath away are just some of the highlights on offer. Ride some of the newest single tracks in Australia only 3km from the Main Street of Atherton at the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park. Mountain bike along the Herberton Range’s lower slopes and flats, dipping into gullies and creeks and rising to the ridgelines of the surrounding hills. The trails meander through an open forest of gums, bloodwoods, mahoganys, she-oaks, grasstrees and cycads. Some of the trails pass former forestry experimental plots of teak, blackbutt and tallowwood trees. There is a range of different trails to suit all abilities, including green level, as per the IMBA standard, which is well suited to beginner mountain bikers. There is also a range of intermediate and black levels trails. The 6km section of blue level trail (Trail 6, also known as Ridgey Didge) has been designed and constructed by Glen Jacobs and his company World Trail. There are A and B lines around all technical trail features and berms that rival those on tracks anywhere else in Australia or New Zealand. Ridgey Didge is a must do for any mountain biker visiting the Atherton Tablelands. All these trails are rideable on a hard tail cross country bike but an all-mountain bike on Trail 6 is a lot of fun.
Ravenshoe, Innot Hot Springs & Mt Garnet
RAVENSHOE Queensland’s highest town, Ravenshoe is 920m above sea level and is home to Windy Hill wind farm, which generates enough electricity to supply approximately 3500 homes. Surrounded by natural wonders like Millstream Falls and Lake Koombooloomba, the locals here live a lifestyle to be envied and celebrate it every year during the annual Torimba Festival and Festival of the Forest in October.
The Ravenshoe Visitor Centre at 24 Moore Street provides first-class tourist information and has excellent displays on the rainforest, timber-milling, dairy farming and the World War II military presence in the area. It also incorporates the Nganyaji Interpretive Centre and Ravenshoe Heritage Gallery.
INNOT HOT SPRINGS In an often quoted local export story, the hot water bubbling out of Nettle Creek at up to 75 degrees celsius was bottled and shipped to Europe as a health treatment over 100 years ago. Today, visitors take to the waters at the Innot Hot Springs Leisure & Health Park, which has six public pools. Innot Hot Springs is also a great base for gem fossicking, fishing and bird watching. MT GARNET During its heyday, large deposits of
copper, silver, tin and lead were extracted from Mt Garnet, the town named from a large garnet lode discovered during copper mining. If you would like to experience real Australian bush style hospitality, turn up at Mt Garnet on the first weekend of May for the town’s races and rodeo – as a community event this rates as one of the top in the country.
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