Date(s) - 27/02/2021
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- As February can be hot, I’ve chosen a mountain ride to keep us as cool as possible. I recently realised I hadn’t been to O’Reillys for about ten years and whenever I mentioned it, everyone always mentioned the bad roads.Glenn and I rode out there recently and thoroughly enjoyed the ride up to the Lamington Plateau, we took it slow on the winding mountain roads and enjoyed the vistas towards mountains in the West and the World Heritage rainforest.
In 2017 Cyclone Debbie closed the road and with the reopening, came a great amount of road widening and improvements, there are still a couple of one-way areas with either a Give Way sign or traffic lights and the last few kilometres are a bit rough, but not many potholes and at a slow speed are no great issue. The ride is adventurous and has 3 cattle grids and a number of 10km/hr hairpin bends. We’ll definitely need to be in low gear and give each other plenty of space in those twisties.
We’ll leave Gloria’s at 9am and meander around the coast via Mt Tamborine and Canungra with first drinks at the historic homestead at O’Reilly’s Winery, just 14km out of Canungra. (Don’t panic, they serve, beer, wine, coffee and soft drinks as well as wine.)
From there we will head 28km along the Lamington National Park Rd to O’Reilly’s, with a quick stop at a scenic lookout along the way. Arriving at O’Reillys Café at approx. 12 noon. The café has a limited menu at the moment but has hamburgers, toasted sandwiches and an assortment of light lunch options. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch as there are plenty of grassy, shady areas for picnicking.
I plan to head for home about 2pm which allows time after lunch to explore the rainforest boardwalk, free tree top canopy walk, King Parrot feeding, shop and memorials to the history and heritage of the O’Reilly family including the Stinson plane crash discovery in 1937.
Last drinks at Canungra Hotel if we still feel thirsty.
- Ride Leader: Little Jo