The unique Dukes RoadOld School Bikers Social Club has established a clubhouse in a rural setting to provide riders with free camping and facilities for meetings and social occasions.
It is based on Dukes Rd, Cooyar, on the Darling Downs about 90km north of Toowoomba on a 40-hectare (100 acres) property.
Spokesman Peter-John Raft says the private property is open to all bikers and their support vehicles and caters to individuals, groups and clubs.
“Feel free to drop in for a tea coffee or beverage and some biker country hospitality and check Dukes Road out if you are riding in the area and we will put the kettle on,” says Peter-John who rides “quite a bit”.
You will have to message him first on the Dukes RdFacebook page and let him know you are coming as the gate is locked.
Dukes Road facilities
Dukes Road offers free off-the-grid camping with a communal kitchen with gas stove and barbecue, crockery and cutlery, lounge, fireplace, outdoor fire pit, hot showers, flushing toilet and even NBN Broadband.
Peter-John says they suggest a donation to cover costs, usually $10 per person for camping and $30-$45 for catered events.
Groups can self-cater or Dukes Road can organise catering.
You can bring your own camping equipment or use one their tents. They have several different tent sizes available, including a large three-room tent that can sleep six and a few smaller ones that have been donated to the club.
Camp stretchers are available on request free of charge.
There is “plenty of space to choose a campsite and put up your tent or roll out your swag under the stars or in the Old School Block”.
Once a month Dukes Road hosts a pig on a spit either independently or in conjunction with the Cooyar Hotel with which they run a shuttle service.
They also organise various rides around the region taking in the local pubs and attractions.
“This part of Queensland has great motorcycle riding areas with good roads and scenery, lakes dams, waterfalls, swimming holes and adventure biking opportunities in the nearby state forests, and Lake Perseverance and Lake Cressbrook are quite scenic destinations that border the area,” Peter-John says.