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The Ride

Day-by-Day Plan

Day 1: 64km Hann River to Musgrave (Flatish dirt road)

We depart Cairns by 7:00 am on Saturday 1 June. We load our bikes and board a coach for the drive to Laura’s iconic ‘Split Rock’ Aboriginal Art site for lunch lunch. From here, it’s another 60km in the bus to our drop-off destination at the Hann River Roadhouse where we assemble our bikes and flat pack boxes into trailer. We then ride the 64km to Musgrave for a swim and set-up camp on the grass by the Roadhouse.

Day 2: 108km Musgrave to Coen (undulating dirt road)  

Fairly flat first 20km is followed by the 3km climb up the Bamboo Range (KOM). From here the remainder of the day is nice undulating riding through diverse landscapes to our camp at Coen. In the evening we have the special privilege of a guided tour through Cape York Heritage House – An amazing museum devoted to the Overland Telegraph line, Gold prospecting and Indigenous history of the area.

Day 3: 66km Coen to Archer River (Flat dirt / bitumen rd)

A more relaxed start gives the opportunity to have a look around Coen and visit the local primary school and participate in their morning parade. This is followed by an easy ride past the quarantine station and onto the Archer River for a swim at one of the best swimming and camp spots on the Cape.

Day 4: 123km Archer R to Moreton Telegraph (flat)

The Longest day of the trip takes us along good roads past many beautiful lagoons teaming with bird life and fresh water crocodiles. Our camp is at the Historic Telegraph station on the banks of the beautiful Wenlock River and adjoining the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.

Day 5: 86km Moreton to Gunshot Ck (Bush Tracks)

An easy 40km in the morning before the fun of the Overland Telegraph begins. The unformed tracks winds its way through the ancient landscape, past magnetic ant hills, freshwater lagoons, numerous beautiful creeks. We finish the day riding through the heathlands to arrive at our bush campsite at Gunshot Creek – the most infamous 4WD crossing on the cape.

Day 6: 53km Gunshot Ck to Eliot Falls (Bush Tracks)

An awesome day of riding along the Overland Telegraph Track with breaks at Cockatoo Creek, Sailors Creek and Fruit Bat Falls. In the afternoon we relax at our campground adjacent to the best swimming holes on the cape; Eliot Falls, Indian Head and Twin Falls

Day 7: 68km Eliot Falls to Loyalty Beach (Bush Tracks) 

Another great day starts on the Overland Telegraph Track. Some of the best undulating, flowing, natural terrain riding you’ll ever do.   Smoko is at yet another Beautiful and infamous Creek Crossing ‘Nolan’s Brook’ before we head up to the Jardine River which we cross by boat. In the afternoon we stop at the wreck of a WW2 DC-3 Aircraft before heading to our campsite on the beach overlooking  DC-3 Wreck  Torres Straits.

Day 8: 68km Loyalty Beach to Cape York (undulating dirt)

The Penultimate day with an opportunity to go fishing early in the morning. Today’s ride is rolling terrain through tropical rainforests and tea tree scrub on route to the Tip of Australia. We stand at the northern most point and relish the achievement of being one of a select few who have ridden all the way from the edge of the bitumen to the tip of Australia. We then return to Seisia where we pack our bikes then board a charter boat to take the 1hr cruise across the Straits to Thursday Island.

Day 9: 10km Explore Thursday Island

Take the morning to explore Thursday Island with a scenic tour of the island, taking in the war and pearl diving museum at the Green Hill Fort. At 9:30 or 12:30 (depending on your flight) we’ll board another boat for the short trip across to Horn Island and transfer to the airport where we’ll board our flight back to Cairns