Cycle Queensland 2017 Accommodation Package
Goondiwindi to Gold Coast
Saturday 02 September, 2017 to Sunday 10 September, 2017
- Accom & Breakfast: Quality accommodation to help you rest easy after your day’s ride, and breakfast in the morning.
- CQ Made Easy: For those who prefer not to camp with the crowds or brave the weather for 9 days.
- Luggage Transfer: Directly between motels each day. Carefully handled in of our vehicles.
- Campsite Transfers: Our bus goes back to camp most nights for dinner and CQ action.
- Massage: Trained massage therapists to work on those tired legs to get you ready for the next day.
- Bike Mechanical Assistance: For all your standard repairs and assistance.
- Small Group Intimacy: All the benefits of the big event, but still part of an intimate group.
- Good Old Fashioned Service: The AllTrails crew really do look after you! Often 75% of places are taken by past clients.
Group discounts: 5% discount each off the entry price for 3 or more cyclists
Multi-Ride Discount: Join our follow-on tour from Gold Coast to Noosa for $100 off each tour.
|Cycle Queensland Bike Ride 2017 Goondiwindi to Gold Coast AllTrails Accommodation Package|
|Dates:||2-10 Sep 2017|
|Duration:||9 days, 8 nights. 8 ride days. 1 rest day.|
|Distance:||535 km approx|
|Ave. Daily:||67 km approx|
|Bike Type:||Road Bike, Hybrid, MTB|
|Group Size:||20-30 approx|
|Accom.:||Quality motels, resorts, hotels, BnBs|
|Meals:||Daily breakfasts and a/noon tea (lunch/dinner included in event fee)|
|Price:||This ride date has passed|
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About the AllTrails package: We have been providing these accommodation packages since 2004, running alongside the Great Vic Bike Ride and Cycle Queensland Ride. On these cycling holidays there could be anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand riders who camp every night over the week. For those who do not want to camp and carry their luggage, we organise this support and accommodation package that becomes a ‘ride within a ride’ and it won’t take long for you to mix in with a great group of people to enjoy your week with. Our package also takes the weather out of the equation to a large degree for the week long ride.
Our Relationship with Bicycle Queensland: We are proud of our history in partnering with Bicycle Queensland and we are pleased to be the official provider of the accommodation package option. We source some great motels, B&Bs and resorts (close to the campsites wherever possible) and provide a nice comfy bed, luggage transfer and massage therapist to make your ride that extra bit easier and enjoyable. NOTE FOR 2017: There are two very small towns this year on the ride where there is no suitable accom so we will be driving to the next town and there will be no bus transfers back to the campsite (see Day to Day for more details).
Cycle Queensland Ride: It’s is all about having fun – both on and off your bike! You don’t need to worry about cooking meals or navigating from town to town because all your needs are taken care of. You will find all levels of riding ability on this tour from experienced riders, to the part-timers, to the first-timers, to the families and everything in between. If this sounds like you then check out the Bicycle Queensland website here and, of course, if you prefer to recover with a massage and a bed rather than pitching a tent and dealing with the elements, then that is where AllTrails steps in…we carry your luggage door to door, arrange the motels, transport you back to the event campsite for evening meals and entertainment (except rare nights when we are located far from camp), massage those legs and keep your bike rolling. We are here to make your week as easy and enjoyable as possible. So make your booking now via the ‘Book this Ride’ button above or contact us to ask any questions.
Note that you also need to book separately for the CQ ride on the Bicycle Queensland website (additional cost).
AllTrails cyclists sit down for a group dinner on the Bicycle QLD ride:
Day to Day
Wake up every morning in a nice comfortable bed, enjoy breakfast in your motel before heading out on the day’s ride. The AllTrails crew will transfer your luggage directly from your accommmodation to your next motel or BnB. After you have completed your day’s challenge on the Cycle Queensland Bike Ride, relax upon arrival at your motel, enjoy afternoon tea and perhaps have our bike mechanic look over your bike for a few tips or minor adjustments that you could make to improve your ride. Why not enjoy a massage a few times during the week just to keep the body in tune?
All of these services are part of our support package, not to mention the social interaction and camaraderie that is always a highlight for those on our packages. In the evening our bus will usually head back to the event campsite so you can join in the dinner and entertainment, or we may organise a group meal, or you may wish to have a meal at the motel or a local restaurant with new friends. Off to bed for a great night sleep before doing it all again tomorrow.
Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accom)
Today AllTrails will likely be taking a bus transfer from Gold Coast Airport to Goondiwindi (details to be confirmed). AllTrails package participants are welcome to join us. If you come on the bus with us you will need to purchase two extra night’s pre-tour accommodation (Thu & Fri) in Goondiwindi before the ride starts on Sat (see ‘pricing’ tab for bus and optional accom costs).
Most cyclists will arrive today and stay at our pre-tour accommodation in Goondiwindi. If you are arriving today please book the optional extra pre-tour accom on Fri night (see ‘pricing’ tab). Our motel is centrally located and we will be taking bus transfers where required back to the event campsite for registration and also to pick up cyclists arriving on Cycle QLD buses.
Today is a loop ride out of Goondiwindi and back again. Your ‘welcome to the west’ will kick off with a ride around the town then out to one of the area’s huge farms, producing plenty of cattle and cotton. We head past the famous Gunsynd statue and the meandering McIntyre River, then are welcomed to the enormous 11,395 hectare Undabri Station for lunch by the current manager who’s the brother of a former CQ rider! Relax on the shady banks of the McIntyre River for lunch and enjoy a flat, easy first day in western Queensland. Back at the motel put your feet up and enjoy afternoon tea or perhaps a lovely 10 minute massage by our therapist. Something not quite right with your bike today? Our mechanic is on hand to fix up any minor issues that may arise with your wheels. What a great start to the week.
Yelarbon is a very small town with extremely limited accommodation so we will be transferring our group to the next town of Texas where you will be able to enjoy two nights in the same motel. At the end of the day’s ride we will be setting up a bike compound at the Yelarbon event campsite where you can park your bike for the night. We will be running scheduled transfers to your accommodation in the friendly country town of Texas from the campsite in Yelarbon. This afternoon you can have a massage and a look around town before dinner tonight in the restaurant of one of our accommodation locations (note: no transfers back to event campsite tonight).
As the Cycle QLD event moves into town you will notice a huge contrast here compared to yesterday as the streets are filled with hundreds of cyclists and the sleepy main street is alive with activity and action. Again our massage therapist will be available in the afternoon for a rub-down on those tired legs before tonight where you can head down to the Cycle QLD campsite for dinner or try one of the local eateries again.
Stanthorpe is a great place to indulge in good food and some glasses of fabulous Queensland wine. Founded by tin miners in the 1870s, the town has swapped its mining heritage for stone fruit and apple orchards, vineyards and boutique food artisans. Stroll through its historic main street and sample the bounty of the Granite Belt Region over our two days. Take a vineyard tour or head for a hike in the wonderful Girraween National Park.
Tonight we have a great motel in a central location – perfect for your two night stay here in Stanthorpe including the rest day tomorrow. When you check in, grab your afternoon tea from reception and kick back with a cup of tea and relax in your room or in the outdoor common area. Have you had a massage this week yet? If not, go see our massage therapist for a rub-down on any aching legs, back, neck, shoulders. Tonight we will run you back to the event campsite if you wish or feel free to explore the local area. Our motel is only 100m from the Famous Anna’s Italian Restaurant which is well worth a look.
Today is the rest day and your opportunity to explore, relax or a combination of both. This morning we will have our massage therapists working at the motel so if you have not had a massage yet, make sure you put up your hand and put your name on the list. We expect that most cyclists will get 3-4 massages during the week (10 minutes each). Stanthorpe is wine country, so there will be plenty of opportunity for wine tours and wine tasting if that’s your thing. See the CQ website for more details on rest day tours.
Though Woodenbong is the epitome of a sleepy country town these days with just over 300 residents, 23 million years ago an enormous shield volcano exploded in the area creating the nearby peaks of Glassy Mountain, Edinburgh Castle and Dome Mountain. Today these peaks are cloaked in remnants of the World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest and protected in Toonumbar National Park.
It’s another small town but we have got a central hotel and a farmstay just out of town to accommodate our clients so we are within easy reach of the event campsite for dinner tonight and we will run transfers back to there for anybody who wishes to eat there. Once again there will be afternoon tea waiting for you upon arrival at your accommodation and don’t forget our massage therapist who will be located at one of our accommodations every afternoon.
Nestled in a lush dairy and mixed farming area in the Richmond Valley, Kyogle is an art deco gem hidden away amongst the green. After a series of fires in the late 1920, much of the town’s old timber buildings were rebuilt in brick celebrating the art deco architecture which was in its heyday. Today, buildings like the National Parks and Wildlife Building and Summerland Credit Building still proudly display their art deco heritage in a main street surround by green hills.
Kyogle is a very small town with not enough appropriate accommodation for our group so we will be taking bus transfers to a great motel in the next major town of Lismore. After the end of your ride in Kyogle, you can lock your bike up in the AllTrails compound at the Cycle QLD event campsite and we will transfer you in our bus to Lismore where we will have afternoon tea, massage therapist, and also bike mechanical assistance available for you as you relax for the afternoon around the grounds, by the pool, or around town. There are plenty of good places to eat in Lismore so enjoy your night here in this town situated in an area renowned for its extraordinary natural beauty, cultural diversity, relaxed lifestyles and quirky charms; a place where old school blends with new age and nature sets the pace (note: no transfer back to event campsite tonight).
Aside from farming, the area is one of the most popular ‘tree-change’ destinations, unsurprising considering its location within a stone’s throw of five World Heritage Listed national parks. Murwillumbah is the cultural and commercial heart of the Tweed Valley which has the highest number of artists per capita in Australia. Be sure to drop in at the magnificent Tweed Regional Art Gallery and Margaret Olly Arts Centre en-route, then explore this vibrant country town and experience its eclectic mix of art and farming traditions.
Tonight we have a great motel right in the heart of this lovely town. After your ride you can kick back by the pool with afternoon tea or have a massage as you reflect on a wonderful week of cycling in QLD (and NSW!). Tonight we will take bus transfers back to the Cycle QLD event site for those who wish to partake in the final evening festivities at the campsite.
Currumbin’s sublime beach is something of undiscovered paradise tucked away from the dominating high rise apartments that the Gold Coast is famous for. Here they keep things simple and laid back, so take an extra cruise along the beachside esplanade to Elephant Rock and enjoy a thoroughly deserved chill-out session at one of the ocean front cafes or the Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club. It’s got the best position for a coffee or beer in Australia – smack on the beach itself!
Congratulations on your efforts to get here! We expect most cyclists to finish the ride by lunchtime so you can fly directly out of the Gold Coast this afternoon or stay around a while to enjoy the wonderful location.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…we also have a follow-up ride departing tomorrow from Gold Coast to Noosa. This is an AllTrails operated tour, independent of the Cycle QLD Bike Ride. Join us on one or both tours (multi-tour discounts available).
Multi-tour discounts: Join us on the Cycle Qld package (2-10 Sep), and our Gold Coast to Noosa tour (10-17 Sep) to receive a $200 pp discount ($100 off each tour).
Group discounts: 5% discount each off the entry price for 3 or more cyclists
Travelling on your own: Book the Single Room price or early bookers travelling on their own can book a twin share package and we will try to partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This twin share offer closes 2 months before tour departure (3 July). After this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not, the single room rate will apply.
Single twin share traveller: Early bookers travelling on their own can book a twin share pre tour accom room on Fri 1 Sep and we will try to partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This twin share offer closes 2 months before tour departure (3 July). After this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not the single room rate will apply. If you would like to book a twin share room for Thu 31 Aug OR post tour accom on Sun 10 Sep, we will put you on a waitlist – if we cannot match you, the single room price will apply.
Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what’s on your mind and we’ll help you make your decision.
Obtaining appropriate insurance is your (very important) responsibility
IMPORTANT: Travel Insurance – even for trips within Australia
- When you consider the cost of cancelling your tour if something goes wrong before or during your travel, insurance is good protection.
- Domestic travel insurance is usually considerably cheaper than international.
- Purchase your travel insurance as soon as you have booked your tour and your travel – don’t wait until just before you go.
- Some credit card travel insurances do not apply to domestic Australian travel – check with your provider.
- There are lots of travel insurance providers – cyclists should do their own research to ensure they are covered adequately.
- Here are two options as an example:
- International travellers should always have a comprehensive travel insurance.
IMPORTANT: Cyclist insurance for accidents & medical:
Cyclist Insurance is different to Travel Insurance and is often included as part of cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network or Bicycle Queensland or can be bought separately. Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you should be prepared for the worst. If you have an accident in training for the tour or on the tour itself cyclist insurance can help with medical, income protection and third party coverage. Check out the benefits here:
On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions who you would like to share a room with and/or be accommodated close to so that couples or friends can be grouped together. This can be in a double bed or twin beds. If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, a Single Supplement price is available for those who would like their own room for the whole trip. On some tours you can also choose to ‘twin share’ where single riders are paired with other riders of the same gender (often changed during the tour to allow solo travellers to meet other solo travellers). On other tours you may need to put your name down on a Twin Share Request List and we will try to match you up. If you are a snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we ask that you book your own room at the Single Supplement price. If you are coming on your own and have booked in as twin share, this usually means that you will share a room with one other single twin share cyclist or crew member, however in some cases we may have larger rooms (eg. two bedroom apartment or a B&B/house with multiple bathrooms) where we may have 3 or more single twin share travellers together.
Not a problem! You’ll find other like-minded cycling companions taking part in our rides. If you’re a solo traveller we can pair you with other solo travellers of the same gender in twin share accom (early bookers only) or you can opt for Single Supplement (additional cost) to receive a room of your own.
If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room (single supplement cost). This is not just a courtesy to your fellow travelling companions, but will also give you the space & privacy you need to enjoy your sleep after a long day on the bike.
We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride to the one which you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state.
Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page.
Contact us if you would like to find out about booking an info session for your group of friends, or if you would like to find out about a travel talk happening near you in the future. Be inspired, hear from the experts, learn more about a destination and even book your tour on the night.
Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you. For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘T&Cs’ tab on the relevant tour page of our website.
If you need to cancel your tour, a travel insurance policy will cover cancellation fees due to most unforeseen events. This is why we provide links to travel insurance options and highly recommend that you investigate and purchase travel insurance for all our rides (including Australian domestic tours) at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel (see Travel Insurance FAQ). For our international tours we require all participants to have Travel Insurance to assist you in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, personal liability, cancelled tour or other trip related issues.
People from all parts of Australia and also some overseas guests. Ages generally range from 35 – 75 with the average age about 50-60 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually about 40% women & 60% men with a mix of singles, friends and couples.
We recommend you bring a soft bag or backpack. We advise against bringing a suitcase as they are bulky, difficult to stow on board vehicles or trailers and heavy. You may be required to lift or carry your own luggage from time to time, e.g. into accommodation. We expect your bag to be no heavier than 15kg, making it easy to manage for you and the staff. Any excess luggage may need to be stored or forwarded on to your final destination at your own expense. Information about what to pack is included as part of your Pre-Departure information. Generally we advise that you pack as light as possible.
A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tyres. A hybrid or mountain bike is also possible if you are comfortable riding the daily distances and average speed of the tour, however these bikes can be around 20% slower than a road bike. Ask us for the ‘Training Tips’ document for this ride to get an idea of distances and speeds you need to train for.
We try to obtain the best accommodation in the best location for you to rest your weary head (and legs) in each town whether it be a motel, hotel, resort, B and B, cabins or similar. We choose the best and most welcoming motel for cyclists and our tour group needs, usually 3½ – 4 star, or perhaps 3 star on occasions when we travel through some very small towns and villages where accommodation is extremely limited. Accommodation is in same town as the main ride campsite, otherwise in the nearest town where accommodation is available. If for whatever reason, such as limited options, the accommodation one night is below normal standard, we strive to improve this with an extra good room the next night or nights following.
If you are coming on your own and have booked in as twin share, this usually means that you will share with one other single twin share traveller, however in some cases we may have larger rooms (eg. two bedroom apartment or B&B with multiple bathrooms) where we may have 3 or 4 single twin share travellers together.
We suggest you carry your own personal goods, like camera, wallet, perhaps rain gear if it’s threatening. We carry your main luggage to your accommodation each morning once you have departed. Our vehicles are not allowed on the event cycle route so you will not have access to your luggage during the day so you will need to take everything that you need for the day with you in the morning. Your luggage will be available to you once you check into your accommodation or shortly after.
If you want to hire a bike for one of our tours just let us know on your online booking form and we will get the ball rolling for you. You can also bring your own seat and/or pedals to give you that little bit of ‘home comfort’.
Cyclists will be given specific maps, detailing where their overnight motel is situated and how best to ride there from the finish. In the case that your accommodation is not nearby the finish you have the option to leave your bike in our AllTrails compound near front gate of the campsite. We will take you to motel, bring you back for dinner at the campsite if you wish and return you to motel then bring you back to collect your bike the next morning.
If your accommodation isn’t near the day’s ride finish point, AllTrails will set up a compound with a storage rack at the main entrance gate to the camping area. Although security guards are present all night, we suggest you carry a lock as your bike is your responsibility. From the compound we will transfer you to your motel and back.
After breakfast, your luggage will be collected from your motel and delivered to your next allocated motel. It will be left in the foyer or safe storage area and this is usually where you will leave it again in the morning for collection. Day Sheets will have collection times stated for each day.
The massage therapist is complimentary and will be available most afternoons. To be fair to everyone, we have limited the massage time to ten minutes for each person which allows most people a massage on most days – it is not designed to provide a massage every day to every person. We ask that riders be fair and share this luxury around, allowing the late arrivals to get their fair share of massage time. In some towns where we are using three or four motels, the massage therapist will usually be at the motel where the most cyclists are accommodated – massage locations will be listed in your Day Sheets. Bookings can only be made on the day after your arrival at the motel by writing your name in an available 10-minute time slot. We try to allow everyone 4-5 massages during the week, sometimes more. Names will be ticked off, but please speak up if you are somehow missing out.
The great thing about going on a mass ride such as this one is that there are many cyclists with a wide range of abilities and fitness levels. You can pretty much go at your own pace and enjoy the ride at your own speed. More details on training and preparation are on the ride event website.
You can choose to have your evening meal at the main ride campsite/HQ, your motel, a local restaurant, hotel or wherever. If you wish, our bus will pick up motel cyclists around 5-6pm to take them to the campsite for dinner and return to motels usually at 8pm. Special times will be arranged for motels that may be further out – your Day Sheets will have specific information for each individual day.
We only run approximately 10 tours per year. This makes every tour as special to us as it is to you because we are not repeating the same rides over and over again week-in week-out. Every tour is meticulously planned and we are just as excited to be there as you – there is no bulk production-line here! On most occasions the owner-operators of the business will be on tour with you looking after everyone on the ride. The safety and confidence that comes with that is one of many great reasons to book your cycling holiday with us.
AllTrails is a proud Australian owned company with a great reputation in the bicycle tour industry. We have earned that reputation through hard work and dedication and we sincerely care about every person on every tour. Our large community of loyal AllTrails riders that keep coming back year after year are testament to the high standard of tours that we provide. We consider ourselves the best in the business and we always make sure that our tours represent great value at a fair price.
I have read and understand the terms and conditions of this event (see instructions below) and wish to enter this ALLTRAILS BICYCLE TOURS Pty Ltd event at my own risk. I understand that participation in this ride involves riding on public roads used by other traffic, and in doing this, I am aware of the potential dangers, both on and off public roads. In my judgement, I am capable and competent to participate safely in this ride. I hereby release, exempt and indemnify AllTrails and any of its contractors, local guides, officers, directors, employees, agents, staff, sponsors, volunteers and all other persons involved in the organisation of this event, from all actions, costs, demands, proceedings, and claims whatsoever made or taken by any person, arising out of my participation in the ride.
I accept that I am to wear a helmet, abide by road laws, and understand the organisers have no responsibility for my property damaged or stolen. I agree to take responsibility, and make appropriate payment if necessary, for any damage to others property that I cause including motel rooms, motel property, AllTrails property or other cyclist’s property.
I agree to carefully consider my insurance options and take note of AllTrails’ policy strongly recommending Cyclist Insurance and Travel Insurance to all cyclists on Australian tours, and the compulsory Travel Insurance policy for international tours.
AllTrails reserves the right to change the advertised ride and itinerary due to road works, bad weather, unsafe conditions, or any unforeseen circumstances. I declare I am 18 years of age or older or am the legal guardian of persons under 18 years old in my care. I consent to publication, for promotional purposes, of any photos or video footage taken of myself or others in my group, while taking part in this event without recourse or compensation to me.
I consent to AllTrails processing personal information about me and other members of my party. AllTrails may hold my name, address and other details supplied on their database. This information will be used to make my tour arrangements and to send me information about AllTrails and its tours. In order to make my tour arrangements AllTrails may need to pass on my details to companies and individuals inside and/or outside Australia, where less stringent data protection controls may be in place. I understand this and agree to the passing of necessary information to required third parties such as hotels and local tour companies.
Full terms and conditions for each ride are available via our booking system (directions to find them are below). These terms and conditions will also be sent to you with your confirmation email after booking.
To find the terms & conditions of this ride:
- Click any ‘Book This Ride’ button on this webpage such as the one below (right click ‘open in new tab’)
- Enter at least 1 participant on any package, then scroll down and click ‘BOOK NOW’
- Click the ‘SKIP’ button
- Scroll to the bottom of the questions page and click ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink