Social Ride Invitation: Scenic Rim XC Adventure

Spicers Gap

Would you like to join us for a fun social ride through the Scenic Rim?

This event is over two days, with options for riding either (or both) days, and an option for easy / comfortable camping for one or two nights.

When: Friday 27 to Sunday 29 November 2015.

Meeting point: Camp Moogerah, 880 Lake Moogerah Road Moogerah
Google Map Ref:

Accommodation Style:

Option 1:  Bring your own tent.
Option 2: Bunk-house cabins 4, 8 or 12 berth bunk beds

Both options are on the lake shoreline.
Toilets and showers available.
Either option costs the same: $25 per night.

The campsite is accessible by normal 2WD car, so you won’t need to carry your camping gear on the bike.

You don’t have to stay overnight to take part in either ride, but you’ll have more fun if you do πŸ™‚

You don’t have to stay both nights.

You only pay for the nights you stay.

Bring all the food you need. We’ll have a BBQ dinner at the campsite on Saturday night.

Campsite Booking:

RSVP by Sunday 22 November.

Because we’re staying at a privately run camp ground, you must let me know which nights you intend to stay.  I will collect all the camping fees will pay in advance for your accommodation.

The only way I’ll know if you’re staying or not is if I receive your prior payment of either $25 (one night) or $50 (two nights).

If you really want to, you can email me then give me your money on the day, but I’d prefer to get it beforehand please.

You can pay me via paypal. The price includes a small 90 cent per night Paypal transaction fee.


Social Ride Invitation: Scenic Rim XC Adventure

If you’re only staying one night, please let me know which.

Spicers Gap Panorama

Saturday 28 November:

Depart Camp Moogerah at 8am

Ride to Munchows Crossing, Bicentennial National Trail, Spicers Gap.

Spicers Gap is a historical track over the Great Dividing Range which was used by Aborigines for thousands of years, and named by Allan Cunningham in the 1820’s.  It features “Governors Chair” lookout which has some of the best views you’ll ever see, some pioneer graves, a convict-built road, and a white knuckle descent back down the mountain.

Return via Mount Alford Pub, for lunch, and to sample locally brewed beers from Scenic Rim Brewery.  If you like the beer, you can order some for delivery back to your camp site.

Approx 60km with 1,200m of climbing

This ride has spectacular views, but has one big long climb up to Spicers Gap.

This ride involves riding on paved roads for some of the way.

For those who want to bail-out, the obvious bail-out point is at the bottom of Spicers Gap Road before the big climb.  If the climb is too much, you can always get off and push, or just roll back down to the bottom of the hill and wait for everyone else to return.

Carneys Creek
Sunday 29 November:

We’ll pack up our camping gear into the cars before we start the ride.

Depart Mount Alford Pub at 8:30 am

Ride to Carneys Creek and Burnett Creek along the Bicentennial National Trail and an old Cobb & Co route up towards The Head.

We’ll pass the original site of “Carney’s Camp”, a hotel run by Patrick Carney which was said to have housed over a hundred gold miners and their families.

Approx 50km with 1,000m of climbing.

This ride has 360 degree views of the Great Dividing Range and one big climb which involves some hike-a-bike.

It also crosses private property (for which we have permission).  So you won’t normally get to see some of these trails.

This ride involves riding on paved roads for some of the way.

Finish at Mount Alford Pub for lunch.

There are no easy bail-out points on this ride.


I’ll publish the route closer to the date.

Social pace. We won’t leave anyone behind.  We’ll ride in one group – some sections of these rides are remote.  For safety reasons we must not have people riding off ahead of the group.

Both rides have long sections without water – you’ll need to take enough water and snacks for the ride.

Both rides will have a 4WD support vehicle for part of the way.

Bike in good condition
Plenty of water and snacks
Tools / Repair kit
Sense of humour.

Whether you’re a novice or a ninja, this ride will be memorable.
If you feel like having a fun day out with a large bunch of fun-loving mountain bikers, this is the ride for you.

Mountain Biking is a dangerous sport. You ride with us at your own risk.
For your own personal liability protection we strongly recommend membership of Mountain Biking Australia.
This is not a commercial or official activity. We’re merely a group of friends who enjoy riding together.

8 Replies to “Social Ride Invitation: Scenic Rim XC Adventure”

  1. Gday Ian

    I have heard for a while about some of your ride exploits from Rebecca Lane and others, and have not made one yet!

    Rebecca speaks very highly of you. I hope I have not been presumptuous in paying for 2 nights in advance of otherwise contacting you to check that its OK to join you.

    I’m fairly fit and skilled and should keep up.( I justdid this years Cafnec ride-brilliant!)

    Thanks and all the best

  2. Neil,

    I note the RSVP was ysterday, can I still send you some money for Sat night, happy to tent if no other options aavailable.

    A novice MTBer, concerned about my fitness, but keen to have a go!

    Cheers Terry

  3. Neil, due to family commitments I can’t get a full leave pass but myself and a mate are interested in riding all of Saturday and cutting for home in the evening. Does this fit in with your plans? We are experience and self sufficient.

    Cheers Stephen

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