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[QLD] Upper Mary Valley forests and national parks

Discussion in 'Roads, Touring, Journeys, and Travel' started by pragnasty, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. gday
    well i decided to spend my anzac day long weekend exploring the Upper Mary Valley forests and national parks of qld just and hour north of brisbane

    arrived into aramoor national park at 8pm after a 3hr ride up from the gold coast...
    stopping only briefly to get lost and take this snap of the sun setting over the blackall range

    well after a beautifully greasy burger (greasier than my chain) i set up camp in the dark at aramoor national park, in the cedar grove camping area....
    woke up early and attempted the 4.6km hiking trail in the park and came up with results like this
    nice ay?


    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/upper mary valley/100_1747.jpg

    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/upper mary valley/100_1729.jpg

    fantastic ay? nice country but couldnt take the bike with me... :roll:

    made my way though imbil and out west to borumba dam....
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/upper mary valley/100_1757.jpg
    very cool... lots of boats out on the water another good place to camp
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/upper mary valley/100_1759.jpg

    attempted to set up camp in the kennilworth NAT. park with me being all smart and prebooking over the internet, set out to boolumba creek camping area without reading that some creek crossing will be covered by water.. i thought no worries , she'll be right
    creek crossing 1, and i thought eaasy
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/upper mary valley/100_1762.jpg

    however this one i wasnt even going to attempt
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/upper mary valley/100_1760.jpg

    i really need a dual sport motorbike......{or a barge}......

    so i settled on camping at charlie moreland camping area, and settled in to a afternoon of doing SFA

    but i did put in some effort and attempted the forest drive where i encountered this
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/upper mary valley/100_1765.jpg
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/upper mary valley/100_1766.jpg
    did i mention i really need a dual sport motorbike??? :shock: :shock:
    left early in the morning the following day
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/upper mary valley/100_1768.jpg

    at about this time i noticed the lack of tension on the chain , due to all the hooning on the dirt roads

    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/upper mary valley/100_1772.jpg

    so i gace up and headed home along the SWEETEST bitumen qld roads ever laid.....

    the kennilworth tourist drive .....
    which connects kennilworth to maleny
    80kms sweepers set to a backdrop of pastoral hills, sweet sweet fresh air... and nothing but the drone of ducatis and the whine of rhonda
    this road is pretty popular with motorbikes and there was no shortage of them anzac morning....
    a definate must if you ever head this way...
    i didnt really open her up due to the fact that my chain would probably detach itself and wrap around my leg at any given chance,, so it was a very sedate pace.. even so... i couldnt even draw myself to stop to take a photo... which wouldnt do it justice anyway!!!! :p

    i did however stop to take these pearlers just to give you any idea of what you missed out on..
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/upper mary valley/100_1779.jpg
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/upper mary valley/100_1780.jpg

    life is good
  2. I drove that road in the car for the first time a few weeks ago when I went camping in kennilworth NP and thought it would be great on the bike, especially with the view of the glass house mountains.

    Must do it some time :)
  3. Wow thanks for sharing :)
    Great pics and report :)
  4. Nice report.

    I typically ride through that area on the way northwards for a more interesting route than the Bruce Highway. Is a nice stretch to ride.
  5. Great Posts. I have family in the Mary Valley and I just love riding up there. Im not sure what the road is but the strech i think just south of Kenilworth has to one of the greatest roads. Through a national park the road is new and is banked! I just love it!
  6. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

    Beautiful! I can't wait till I have the confidence to set out and see great places like that.. I live and dream!