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Wildhorse Mountain

Riding Through the Forest

My friend Tony has been holidaying near the beach at Beachmere, so we decided to ride from there to Wildhorse Mountain and back. It involved about 80km of fairly flat trails through the pine plantations heading north towards a spectacular lookout that offered great views of the Glasshouse Mountains.

Deception Bay
As its name suggests, Beachmere is right on the beach near where the Caboolture River meets Deception Bay. It’s a quiet place with beautiful views across the water towards Moreton and Bribie Islands.

Just north of Beachmere is the town of Ningi, named after the Ningi-Ningi – a coastal dwelling Aboriginal group. One of the most famous Ningi-Ningi people was Ker Walli, also known as “King Sandy”, who was born in this area in the late 1830’s and was leader of the local Ningi-Ningi from about 1864 until his death in 1900. He was a good friend of local settler Tom Petrie whom he helped in harvesting timber on the Mooloolah River. In fact, Ker Walli thought so highly of Tom, that he carved the letter “P” in a circle on his arm with broken glass, and rubbed some charcoal in it to make a permanent mark.

Strawberry Farm
The pine plantations stretch northwards from here for almost 50km and the forests are criss-crossed by numerous dirt tracks and gravel roads. There are also several strawberry farms, and poultry farms.
Pine ForestPine Forest
Cross Country Horse Racing
We encountered numerous horse riders in the forest. They appeared to be competing in a cross-country horse race. The pace was relaxed enough for most of them to wave and greet us as they rode past.
Flooded Creek
Recent rain flooded some of the causeways in the forest, and made a few places quite muddy. When I came to this causeway, I decided to scramble along the log in the background in an attempt to keep my feet dry. Tony was a lot tougher than me and just waded through the water. He also used it as an opportunity to wash some of the thick mud out of his chain.
Wildhorse Mountain Lookout
Wilhorse Mountain Lookout
At the half-way point we stopped for a bit to eat at a cafe, then rode up on the only major hill of the ride – Wildhorse Mountain. There’s a lookout at the top with some great views of the Glasshouse Mountains. You can also see out to east Moreton Bay, and can even make out the sky-scrapers in Brisbane to the south.
Visiting the Nudists
On the way back we took a short cut along an old dirt road which eventually deteriorated into a cattle track through shoulder-high grass. When we came out the other side we found ourselves in a Nudist Retreat. The members were quite friendly and didn’t seem to mind us passing through. Tony and I decided to keep our gear on, as I imagine it wouldn’t be very comfortable riding a mountain bike naked.

This ride was about 83km, with about 500m of vertical ascent. It took about 5 hours, and I burned about 4,000kcal. I’d rate this one about 7 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter. The weather was perfect (low 20’s). In drier weather it would be even easier. The mud made us work a bit harder than we otherwise would have.

8 comments to Wildhorse Mountain

  • Otis

    No pics from the nudist retreat?

  • keithyeagle

    Hi Neil..I live down at Mt Tamborine, I go out to Mt Joyce for the longer distance XC type rides..the one you have described here sounds like a great day out, would really like to do it, but have no idea of the lay of the land. Is it possible to guide me to where I can see the route on a map..? have tried to nut it out on Whereis, but does not know where Wildhorse Mt is…

    • G’day Keith

      Do you have a GPS so you can follow the route? This will help to make sure you don’t get lost in the forest because there are heaps of routes in there.

      Here’s a link to a map showing our route, with a couple of suggested alterations marked in green:
      http://g.co/maps/a2fz7

      You’d start from where I’ve put the green bicycle on the map. It’s not much use starting from Beachmere unless you can get through Wallace Road. That road is split halfway along by a creek which is passable after a few weeks of dry weather, but after rain its waist deep with mud :)

      Basically, the green paths on my map help you avoid going through (1) the horrible bog near the chicken farm in the middle of the course and (2) The nudist resort which is private property and involves riding through some thick grass.

      Wildhorse Mountain is at the northern end of the route. You can drive pretty close in a 2wd via Wildhorse Road, Coochin Creek. Here’s a link to Google Street View of that location which is about 1km north of Wildhorse Mountain:
      http://g.co/maps/xunpd

      Wildhorse Mountain is a good location to arrive at MID ride as the petrol station has lots of cafe’s for you to fill up at. That makes more sense than actually starting from there, as there’s no other shops in that part of the world.

      If you’d like GPX files or more route alternatives, please let me know.

      Neil

    • PS You could also start from Bribie Island Road.

  • Craig

    Well at least there’d be no boguns at this camp… http://www.pacificsunfriends.com.au/

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