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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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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Bunya Mountains

Bunya Mountains now on rider list

The Bunya Mountains in South East Queensland are now definitely on the list of overnight destinations for motorcycle riders. They lie 250km northwest of Brisbane, but seem to attract few riders. The problem has been that, if you planned to stay overnight, you had to take your own food and beverages as there was no …

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Kookaburra Kottage Romantic Ravensbourne Escape

Looking for a romantic bike getaway?

Just you and your bike, or you and your other significant other – pillion-in-a-million or fellow rider – should try a weekend romantic getaway at Ravensbourne Escape.  The luxury retreat is 90 minutes west of Brisbane at the top the Great Dividing Range on the challenging and scenic Esk-Hampton Road.  It’s 45 minutes north of …

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