Lamington Park National Rd is no dead end

Nothing dead about this ‘dead end’

There is nothing dead about the amazing ‘dead-end” ride to O’Reilly’s and back on the Lamington National Park Rd in South East Queensland. Despite the Gold Coast hinterland being ravaged by bushfires in September 2019, the scenery along this road is as spectacular and pristine as ever. You wouldn’t even know a bushfire had been …

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Blacktop Motorcycle Works museum

Visit Blacktop Motorcycles Works museum

If you’re riding around South East Queensland, chances are you will call in to Esk where we recommend dropping into the Blacktop Motorcycle Works museum. The free museum and British bike workshop is right next door to the Red Deer Cafe in the main street where many riders stop off for a coffee. It’s important …

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Mary River Valley a motorcyclist’s haven Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

Mary River Valley a motorcyclist’s haven

The Mary River Valley was almost deleted from our favourite list of places to ride when politicians threatened to flood it for a dam! It’s a long and stupid political story, but thankfully sanity prevailed and the massive Traveston Dam was never built. So a pretty little valley north of Brisbane remains a haven for …

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Granite Belt wonders

Granite Belt ride reveals wonders (Pt 2)

The wonders of the Granite Belt in southern Queensland attracted Gold Coast rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes. He organised a two-day trip with the help of Monique Krause, marketing coordinator of Granite Belt Wine Country. Click here for the first part of his trip. More wonders Day two of my new frontier exploration of the …

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Granite Belt wonders

Granite Belt begs to be ridden (Pt 1)

The Granite Belt in southern Queensland tempts Gold Coast rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes who organised a two-day trip with the help of Monique Krause, marketing coordinator of Granite Belt Wine Country. Click here for the second part of his trip. The region is two hours west of the Gold Coast and up until now I …

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Exploring the Scenic Rim with your motorbike

The Scenic Rim region in South East Queensland surrounded by the Great Dividing Range and Border Ranges is the perfect location to explore on a motorcycle, writes local rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes. Beaudesert is the perfect place to start exploring the Scenic Rim as it is easily accessible from Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast. …

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Todd and Heidi Parkes partner sweet

A short and sweet Gold Coast ride

There are many great Gold Coast routes to explore that are short and sweet, yet can be meandered and enjoyed over several hours, says local rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes, 45. Here he has selected a favourite called the Panorama/Beechmont/Clagiraba circuit that can be ridden in under two hours.  For this ride, I left the …

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Tour guide for Motorcycle Friendly Town of Crows Nest

Crows Nest tour guide welcomes riders

Riders now have a helpful online tour guide resource for the motorcycle friendly Crows Nest region north of Toowoomba. Crows Nest became a motorcycle friendly town a year ago and has since developed a good social media presence, added several motorcycle parking spots in the centre of town and produced brochures, videos and online resources …

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