Almost 200 years ago, a convict named John Baker escaped the brutal Moreton Bay penal colony to live with the Goomburra Aboriginal People in the Lockyer Valley. He walked long distances with them following winding tracks up and down the Great Dividing Range. Today we followed some of those tracks.
Have you ever wanted to take a short break from everyday life and run away for a couple of days? I have, so I did.
“Let’s paddle from my house to the end of the North Pine River!”
Simon nodded positively at my suggestion.
“But let’s take the bikes!”
It’s easy to overheat when we ride our bikes on long hot summer days. That’s why I was quick to say “yes” when Jason invited us to join him for a ride on the beach at beautiful Byron Bay.
Today’s challenging adventure took us through some rugged scenic country on the edge of the Great Dividing Range.
“Where does that road go?”
I often ask that question while driving past interesting looking dirt tracks in the car. Today we indulged our curiosity, and followed a creek up a mountain range.
Curramore is a farming community on the northern edge of the Blackall Range near Maleny, overlooking the scenic valleys formed by the Mary River and Obi Obi Creek. As with any ride which starts on a mountain we expected three things: good views, fun descents, then tough climbs back up the range afterwards.
“Let’s keep it simple,” I suggested after last week’s epic group ride.
Today’s route was straightforward – up the beach to the Mooloola River, then back down again to Caloundra.