The Mount Brisbane Range stands like a wall on the western shoreline of Somerset Dam. It reaches heights of almost seven hundred metres, and is covered with National Park and cattle properties. Today we got a rare opportunity to explore it on our bikes.
Reedy Creek is a delightful hidden valley tucked into a secret corner of the D’Aguilar Range. We’ve ridden near it many times, but never even suspected it was there.
In 1893 Brisbane experienced its biggest flood in recorded history. In order to get a message to residents of the impending danger, a heroic rider named Billy Mateer rode his horse over the D’Aguilar Range from Caboonbah (near present-day Toogoolawah) to North Pine (now called Petrie). He did it in one day, crossing flooded creeks and following rough bush tracks.
The purpose of this two-day ride was to honor Billy, and to visit some of the country he traversed.
Roads are like people: there are many of them, new ones are constantly being born, and they eventually grow old and die. Today we explored one old road that is slowly being reclaimed by the earth.
This large multi-day adventure took us on a rugged but picturesque loop of the South Burnett, including the foothills of the Bunya Mountains. It had everything – rail trails, old stock routes, thick forests, big climbs, long descents, and even some organic wine.
Today’s adventure took us in a big loop from Mount Crosby and around Lake Manchester, stopping at a pleasant section of the Brisbane River along the way.
“It’s going to be hilly” I warned my friends before we embarked on this adventure which involved a hill-top loop between Gold Creek Reservoir and Mermaid Mountain.