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My Australian Adventure in July: Cycling Through Queensland

Exploring Australia’s stunning landscapes through hiking and cycling
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As a park ranger, the call of the wild is irresistible. This past July, I traded the familiar trails of my home turf for an adventure Down Under, exploring Australia’s stunning landscapes through hiking and cycling. 

July in Australia, with its mild winter climate, provided the perfect backdrop for this exhilarating trip. Here’s a day-by-day account of my unforgettable journey.

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Day 1: Arrival in Brisbane

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Touching down in Brisbane, I felt a rush of excitement. After a seamless transfer from the airport, I arrived at my cozy accommodation, ready to unwind or explore the vibrant city. The evening set the tone for the trip with a delightful dinner where I met our guide and fellow adventurers, sharing stories over delicious local wines.

Day 2: Downhill Ride to Yarraman and Esk

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After a hearty breakfast, we transferred to the start of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT). Collecting our bikes, we embarked on a 50-kilometre downhill journey from Yarraman. The Old Church Gallery café was a highlight, offering a lovely lunch amidst an art gallery. 

We cycled past the Harlin tunnel and crossed the heritage-listed Lockyer Creek bridge, eventually arriving in the quaint town of Esk for the night. Dinner at a local pub capped off the day perfectly.

Day 3: Flat Ride from Esk to Ipswich

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Our second day on the BVRT took us from Esk to Ipswich, a flat and scenic 40-kilometre ride. The trail offered sightings of koalas, echidnas, and emus, with beautifully restored rail stations providing great photo ops. 

We concluded the ride with a transfer to the luxurious Hidden Vale Resort, nestled in the picturesque Lockyer Valley, where we relaxed and soaked in the serene surroundings.

Day 4 to 5: the Scenic Rim Hike

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After an early breakfast, our hike began with a gentle five-kilometre uphill trek. Our local travel guides shared fascinating insights about local flora and fauna, enriching the journey. 

A brief stop at Millarvale Creek for afternoon tea was a tranquil experience. We then crossed woodland forests to reach our lodge, greeted with warm hospitality, freshly made treats, and the promise of a relaxing evening under the stars.

Day five was an epic hike along the Scenic Rim Trail. We meandered along Oakey Creek, spotting goannas and wedge-tailed eagles, before ascending Spicers Peak. 

The panoramic views of the Great Dividing Range and Mt. Mitchell were breathtaking. A challenging yet rewarding climb through dense rainforest brought us to the luxurious Spicers Peak Lodge, where we celebrated our achievements with refreshing drinks and a gourmet dinner.

Day 6: Sirromet Winery and Return to Brisbane

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Our final day was a culinary delight. We transferred to Sirromet Winery, renowned for its exquisite wines and beautiful setting. A ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour and tasting session, followed by a sumptuous lunch on the Tuscan Terrace, provided a fitting end to our adventure. We returned to Brisbane, hearts full and spirits high, ready to share tales of our unforgettable Aussie adventure.

Conclusion

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My July trip to Australia was a perfect blend of adventure, nature, and culture. The mild winter weather made it an ideal time for cycling and hiking, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in Queensland’s stunning landscapes. 

From the rolling hills of the Brisbane Valley to the breathtaking peaks of the Scenic Rim, every moment was a testament to the beauty and diversity of this incredible country.

Check out the free cycling and hiking itinerary to Australia from Baboo Travel below:

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