Cycle Queensland 2018 Accommodation Package
Discover the Tropics
Saturday 01 September, 2018 to Sunday 09 September, 2018
At a Glance
|Route:||Cape Tribulation to Cairns|
|Dates:||1-9 Sep 2018|
|Duration:||9 days, 8 nights 7 ride days|
|Distance:||448 km approx|
|Ave. Daily:||64 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:||See ‘pricing’ tab|
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HighlightsAbout the AllTrails package: We have been providing accommodation packages since 2004, running alongside the Great Victorian 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.
About this year’s route: Starting in the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest you’ll meander down the coastline through Port Douglas and up to the beautiful Atherton Tablelands for a rest day to soak up the gourmet food & wine in the ‘Food Bowl of the Tropics’, before cycling the rolling green meadows of Millaa Millaa, home to the most photographed falls in Australia and on to Cairns. Combine this with the AllTrails package of massage, accommodation, support, afternoon tea, great friendships and comfy beds and you’ve got the recipe for an unforgettable week of riding. NOTE FOR 2018: We try to book accom close to the campsites wherever possible however this year there are three very small towns where there is no suitable accom so we will be driving to the next town. On two of these nights there will be no bus transfers back to the campsite (see Day to Day for more details).
Camaraderie Dinners: On the two nights where we are not taking bus transfers back to camp we have organised optional ‘camaraderie dinners’. These pre-paid group dinners are a great opportunity to enjoy an evening of merriment and frivolity with your fellow AllTrails cyclists (and crew) in a relaxed and casual environment. Book on the entry form.
Our Relationship with Bicycle Queensland: We are pleased to be the official provider of the accommodation package option on this ride. We source some great motels, B&Bs and resorts and provide a nice comfy bed, luggage transfer and massage therapist to make your ride that extra bit easier and enjoyable.
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).
- Accom & Breakfast: Quality accom to help you rest easy after your ride and brekky 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: We really do look after you! 75% + of places taken by past clients.
Photos from some of this year's accommodation:
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)
Most cyclists will be arriving tomorrow (Saturday) however AllTrails will be driving our bus from Cairns Airport to Cape Tribulation approx 12:30pm (book flights to arrive before 12noon). AllTrails package participants are welcome to join us. If you come on the bus with us you will need to purchase the extra night of pre-tour accom in Cape Trib for the Friday night.
Most cyclists will arrive today. Tonight’s accommodation is included in our package price. Our motel is centrally located 1km from the event campsite and we will be taking bus transfers where required back to camp for registration and also to pick up cyclists arriving on Cycle QLD buses. This afternoon we will have registration and orientation and our mechanic will be available to assist in putting bikes together after travel if required. Tonight the AllTrails staff will be having dinner at our accom and have arranged an optional BBQ dinner ($25) for anyone who wishes to join us. Select and pay on the entry form. You are also welcome to head down to camp for dinner instead to check out the CQ site and soak up some of the atmosphere.
Get ready for Day One! After breakfast in your accommodation pack up your bags and leave them out for us to take to your next destination then head out on the ride to burn off your excitement. Starting in the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest you’ll meander down the coastline, keeping out of the way of crocs and cassowaries on your way to Daintree Village for the first official overnight campsite. You’ll have an optional stop at the Jurassic Forest where you can fully explore the raw, prehistoric beauty of the mighty Daintree Rainforest. After the day’s ride we will arrive in Daintree Village which is a small town not big enough to hold our group. We will set up a bike compound at the event campsite then transfer cyclists ahead to our Port Douglas resort accom where you will enjoy two wonderful nights. Once at the Port Douglas resort, 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. Given that we are staying away from camp tonight we will not be running a bus back to the event site for dinner. Instead we have arranged an optional ‘camaraderie dinner’ for the group which is a great way to get to know your fellow AllTrails cyclists and the crew (book this as an optional extra on the booking form – $40). If you would prefer, you can make your way into the Port Douglas township (5km) for dinner. What a great start to the week.
This morning we will transfer cyclists back to Daintree Village to start the ride. Don’t worry about packing your bags as you will end up back in Port Douglas tonight again. From Daintree Village, you will experience more of the FNQ coastline on your way to Port Douglas, where the ancient rainforest meets the coral sea. Take the afternoon off to explore the Great Barrier Reef or just relax by the water’s edge and soak up the spring sunshine. Alternatively, get back in the saddle and head back up the road to explore pristine rainforest, cool streams, towering mountains and the dramatic Mossman Gorge – whatever you decide, you won’t be disappointed. Our resort is approximately 5km from the Port Douglas township itself where once again our massage therapist will be on hand to rub down any aching muscles and our mechanic available for bike tune-ups. Tonight we will be taking our bus back to the campsite for dinner or you can take advantage of the many resort facilities and head out for dinner in one of the restaurants onsite or one of the many other dinner options in Port Douglas.
Pack up your bags this morning after breakfast and leave them at reception. Leaving Port Douglas will be a leisurely experience with a short but challenging 49km ride. We recommend a relaxed morning exploring the town, cafes and anything you may have overlooked before tackling the Rex Range and starting the ascent to the Atherton Tablelands. Our destination is the quaint township of Mount Molloy. With a population of less than 300, the arrival of the bike ride will triple the population for the night. Mt Molloy again is a very small town with no accom for our group so we will set up a bike compound at the event site and transfer cyclists ahead to the next major town. Have you had a massage yet? If not, make sure you put your name down on this list this afternoon – with a big day of riding planned for tomorrow you’ll want to be in good shape and rearing to go. Tonight we will again take advantage of the distance from camp to arrange a second ‘camaraderie dinner’ at our motel. This is an optional dinner (book through the ‘optional extras’ section on the booking form – $35) and there are other options in town, however due to distance, we will not be taking a bus transfer back to camp tonight.
This morning we start with an early breakfast before you pack up your bags and we take you back to Mt Molloy for your day’s ride. Departing Mount Molloy, you’ll spend the morning riding south along the Mulligan Highway into Mareeba, a multi-cultural district rich in wildlife, museums, coffee and the all-important wine. The town has a history going back to the gold mining days so be sure to stop in at the Heritage Museum to learn more about the local area’s incredibly rich and fascinating history. Once through Mareeba you’ll ride some quiet back roads past masses of granite boulders, banana plantations and possibly the odd rock wallaby. You’ll share your lunch with some peacocks before continuing your journey into Atherton where you’ll have ridden at least 87km and climbed 730m for the day – it sounds like a well-deserved rest day is on the cards. We have great central accommodation for your two-night stay in Atherton. This evening we will take a bus back to camp for you to enjoy the pre-rest day festivities and fun at the campground – otherwise there are a bunch of restaurants to explore for your dinner in town.
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). Atherton is gourmet food & wine country, so there will be plenty of opportunity for food and wine tasting if that’s your thing. Take some time to look into tour options around Atherton for your rest day. There are plenty of options in and around the town itself and plenty more slightly further afield. Bicycle QLD always arrange some great deals with local operators so keep your eyes peeled for those on the Cycle QLD website.
After your rest day you will be ready to get back on the road, so after breakfast pack up your bags and leave them out for us to take in our vehicles to your next destination. The second half of the tour kicks off with a bang. A solid 86km ride with almost 1200m of climbing will see you reach the highest town in Queensland before embarking on the final 20km along of the Old Palmerston Highway, arriving at the rolling green meadows of Millaa Millaa, home to the most photographed falls in Australia (Millaa Millaa Falls). Millaa Millaa is a beautiful little town. Despite being small, we have managed to locate a range of smaller accommodation locations around town for our group so we will be spread out tonight but reasonably close to the event campsite so we will run our bus back to camp for dinner as usual. We will also have massage available at the largest of the motels – any cyclists staying in other locations are welcome to come to the massage motel.
After breakfast, the penultimate day for 2018 is another solid ride with a distance of 85km and another 900m of climbing. Today will take you past the Millaa Millaa Falls first thing before arriving in the quaint township of Malanda and then on to Lake Eacham for a late morning swim. The descent to Gordonvale will be one to remember with 800m of descent over 17km – an experience you should start training for. Upon arrival in Gordonvale today we will have our bike compound ready for you to park your bikes at the campsite and we will transport cyclists the short distance ahead to Cairns township where our massage therapist will be working and your luggage will be ready for you to check in. This evening we will take our bus back to the event campsite for the final night festivities and the traditional C&Q party or you may choose to lash out with a final celebratory dinner with your AllTrails friends in Cairns.
Congratulations on your efforts to get here! Whether you intend to fly out of Cairns Airport this afternoon or stay around a while to enjoy this wonderful location, we thank you for the privilege of hosting your most memorable fully supported cycling holiday.
THIS RIDE HAS PASSED
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.
Conditions of contract - please read carefully
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