Mountain Biking: Duck Creek Rd
Mountain Biking on Duck Creek Rd QLD is not for the faint hearted! Boasting glorious views that only come from an over 1000m climb UP, the 36km round trip for mountain bikers is a day worth doing.
The terrain that you will ride through varies greatly. In the words of one rider “From 30 degrees celcius at the bottom, it had fallen to just 18 degrees C in the rainforest at the top of the plateau“, the cool rainforest of Lamington National Park is felt much more by bike riders than other visitors to the region. Organised Grime have created “Where to Mountain Bike in South East Queensland 5th Edition” featuring Duck Creek Road: http://www.organisedgrime.com.au/samples.php
In the words of fellow Mountain Bikers…
“The ride involved 18km of nearly continual climbing with 1100 metres in elevation gained. Along the way there were spectacular views of the Scenic Rim and the peaks of Mt Lindsay, Mt Barney and Mt Maroon just to name a few. After all that climbing a fleece jacket was required to ward of the chill on the long descent.”
“What to Bring: You will need a mountain bike/cyclocross bike in good working order. Some spare tubes, a pump, multi tool, enough water and snacks to power you 19km along and 1000m UP the trail. You may need a wind proof jacket for the descent as it is pretty much 18km of downhill fun back to the cars. A camera will come in handy as there are some outstanding views out to the scenic rim. You will need some money to buy yourself breakfast at O’Reilly’s and a gold coin donation for the road collection box.”
Neil Innes has even written a blog you can read here: http://blog.neilennis.com/index.php/jingeri/
The largest area of concern for mountain biking Duck Creek is the climb – the true test of mountain bikers near and far… Find below some helpful tips from http://www.mtbdirt.com.au/ to help with your climb!
Is it worth it? Absolutely! Check out this video of a group ride up Duck Creek Rd: http://vimeo.com/33632077