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Old 09-15-2013, 02:55 PM   #6
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Gold Coast adventure ride loops

Two adventure loops for Gold Coast adventure riders

The gnarlier longer option
A one day 390km adventure ride for Gold Coast riders. About 50% dirt and includes some gnarlier tracks but most can be bypassed if needed. Chillingham, Mebbin State Forest, Kyogle, Toonumbar State Forest, Woodenbong, Donaldson State Forest, Mt Lindesay Highway to Rathdowney, then climbs the rough Duck Creek Rd to OReillys then Canungra.

PLEASE NOTE: As marked on the gps file, the section in Toonumbar State Forest has gates at each end but no signs saying to keep out or that it is a restricted area, and plenty of room for bikes to pass. We interpret this as a bike-friendly area but bypass by staying on Summerland Way if you have any concerns. Also, as marked there is a damaged bridge at Collins Creek. It is easy to ride across but there are road closed signs so bypass this if you have any concerns.

Go to TAT for the GPS file which is called "Gold Coast 390km gnarly adventure loop - Mebbin, Toonumbar Donaldson State Forests & OReillys".

The easier option
An easy 240km adventure loop for Gold Coast riders, about 40% dirt roads through Murwullimbah, Border Ranges, Lions Rd, Rathdowney, Beaudesert and Canungra. Keep an eye out for the little dirt roads marked on the gps file that veer off Lions Rd, and the Ugly Gully Rd near Rathdowney. Should suit riders of all levels on any bikes, but note the spot near Beaudesert that can be boggy after rain (marked on the gps file).

Go to TAT for the GPS file which is called "Gold Coast 240km loop, Murwullimbah, Border Ranges, Canungra".

The video below shows most of the route for the gnarlier option, but does not include Duck Creek Rd climbing up to OReillys.

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