Cave Men

Plunkett Regional Park is a magnificent nature reserve near Beenleigh, boasting rocky outcrops, caves, rare plants and animals, and kilometres of challenging trails. Aaron has spent hundreds of hours exploring the park, and kindly offered to show us around.

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The Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) passes right through the middle of Kilkivan, west of Gympie.  This delightful small town was the perfect place for us to start today’s adventure.

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“Belhaven” is a 150 hectare cattle property that sits atop the Little Liverpool Range at Tallegalla west of Ipswich.  When the landowners generously allowed us to explore their property, we jumped at the opportunity.

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Coochin Creek

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Coochin Creek has always been a forest. The plains that stretch eastwards from the Glasshouse Mountains to the Bribie Passage were once covered with vast tracts of She-Oaks, Paperbarks and Gum Trees. Today it’s still a forest, but most of the trees have been replaced with plantation pines.

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Carneys Creek

Carneys Creek

In 1859, hopeful gold miners once trekked through this area on their way to the diggings at Tooloom on the Clarence River. Today we thought we’d retrace some of their journey.

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Rolling Again

Neil by Brisbane River

(Photo: Tony Ryan)

Finally able to ride again after two months of recovery, I decided that today I would make up for lost time. We weren’t quite sure where we could end up – the idea was to keep on riding as long as it was enjoyable… which is very open-ended.

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Tracing Train Tracks

Seidels Road Railway Crossing

Today’s adventure traced out a loop from Pine Mountain to Walloon following rail trails and railway lines for most of the way.

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Scenic Rim

Stenzel Road

It’s easy to understand why this place is called the “Scenic Rim”. It’s stunning. Justin and I spent the day out here exploring new trails that might form part of a future social ride.

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