John Oxley Memorial

John Oxley Memorial

John Oxley Memorial

Some pictures from our ride to Redcliffe this morning.

John Oxley Memorial

“On the morning of
July 17th 1799
Lt MATTHEW FLINDERS
landed near this spot
from the
Sloop Norfolk
and called it
Red Cliff Point
He was the first white man
to land
on this peninsula”


 

John Oxley Memorial

“Lt JOHN OXLEY
Surveyor General of
NEW SOUTH WALES
Landed here from
HM Cutter Mermaid
December 2nd 1823

The Brig Amity
under his direction
brought hither the first
Moreton Bay Settlement
under Lt Henry Miller
Commandant
September 12th 1824”

Dohles Rocks

Dohles Rocks

Dohles Rocks is a beautiful place to cycle in the morning. The only downside is dodging some busy traffic to get there!

Today I spotted about a dozen kangaroos grazing beside the road and managed to capture a photo of one of them just staring at me.

The waterfront is beautiful too. This morning a hot air balloon was drifting slowly in the breeze a few kilometres away, and the water was serenely calm.

It’s a bit out of the way – no traffic passes through Dohles Rocks (the road stops there!) But if you’re interested in hiring a boat, relaxing by the water, or fishing, it’s a great place to visit.
Hot Air Balloon, Pine River, Dohles RocksKangaroo, Dohles Rocks Rd, Griffin
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Beerburrum State Forest

Beerburrum State Forest

The Glass House Mountains
Pumicestone Passage
Beerburrum State ForestHitting the WallBeerburrum State Forest

Between Donnybrrok / Toorbul and the Glass House Mountains, there are hundreds of square kilometres of pine forest and dirt tracks.

Some of the tracks are beautiful smooth gravel.

Others are diabolical sand and deep ruts, that stretch on for ages and have you groaning “Are we there yet?”

All in all – a fantastic time on the mountain bikes.

But as Steve and I found out – riding for a few kilometres on sand and through deep tyre ruts is exhausting work!

Daisy Hill MTB Trails

Daisy Hill MTB Trails

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We had lots of fun on the MTB trails at Daisy Hill today.

There was something for everyone: Single Trails, Jumps, Technical Sections, Fire Roads and beautiful nature.

It was pretty hot and humid though – 34c and about 90% humidity, so it was very sweatty work.

I’m releived there were no crashes on my part this time, except for a bit of undignified kangaroo hopping behind my bike as I slid off the back of the seat, still holding onto the handlebars trying not to let go or fall over.

Many thanks to Steve G for driving us out there and navigating for us.

What a fun way to spend a Saturday morning!

To Redcliffe and Back Before Breakfast

To Redcliffe and Back Before Breakfast

Redcliffe and Back before BreakfastRedcliffe and Back before Breakfast
Lachlan and I rode out from Lawnton along Anzac Avenue to the Redcliffe peninsular this morning. We followed it around to Woody point, over the old Hornibrook Bridge, and back via Deagon, Bracken Ridge and Strathpine home.

All up about 53km in 2 and a half hours.

Between 5am and 7am the sun isn’t too much of a hassle, plus we had light rainfall for some of the way which kept the temperature pleasant.

We had to get up pretty early to get back before breakfast!

Boondall Wetlands via the Moreton Bay Bikeway

Boondall Wetlands via the Moreton Bay Bikeway

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We spent an hour around sunset yesterday riding through the Boondall Wetlands along the Moreton Bay Bikeway.

No cars, lots of open space, and great views. What more could you want?

The Bikeway goes for miles, and for a lot of it, you can’t hear anything except wind!

I was impressed by this Aboriginal sculpture in the middle of nowhere. It’s framed by boomerangs and has a plant motif on one side, and a bird on the other.

These wetlands were used by Aborigines as pathways from the hinterland down to the sea.