Family Rides in South East Queensland

Family Rides in South East Queensland
Family Rides in South East Queensland
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This spiral-bound guidebook is a huge collection of the best South East Queensland bicycle rides for you and your family. Colour reference photos and A4 size maps for easy navigation and planning. A great gift for families wanting to get out and see more of South East Queensland while also getting some great exercise for mum and dad and the kids.  

Books Official Stockist

Family Rides in South East Queensland is a book of detailed maps of bike paths suitable for recreational cycling, thoroughly covering South East Queensland. Why are the maps in this book better than the free maps available? Because the authors are cyclists with families and wanted something better and more accurate so they rode every metre to make sure. It took more than a year.

What do the maps show?

The authors rode every metre of these bike paths to ensure they had the details correct:

  • Rideable paths in great detail.
  • Playgrounds with ratings.
  • Shelter and drinking water.
  • Barbecues and carparks.
  • Cafes and Ice Cream kiosks.
  • Dirt jumps and skate parks with ratings.

What area does it cover?

  • North to Noosa and Pomona.
  • South to Kingscliff and Casuarina in NSW.
  • West past Toowoomba to Oakey.
  • East to Coochiemudlo Island.

Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Redland, Gold Coast have heaps of trails
Toowoomba, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Southern Downs have relatively few.

Who will get value from this book?

  • Families looking for some adventure and exercise.
  • Newcomers to cycling looking for an easy introduction.
  • Cyclists looking for safe, easy rides with no cars to worry about.

What trails are in the book?

Most of these rides are designed specifically for recreational cycling. The criteria for selecting rides are:

  • Well formed dedicated bike paths, concrete, bitumen or dirt, reasonably wide, no steps.
  • Generally flat, not physically challenging.
  • Attractive environment, path travels through reserve or alongside a creek, not a highway.
  • Good resources - shelter, drinking water, ice cream.
  • Few road crossings, no riding on the road, little riding alongside roads.

What kinds of trail?

The book contains a variety of trails; almost any bicycle is suitable for these rides except skinny slicks on the wetter or gravel trails.

  • Bike paths along the beach such as the Gold Coast Oceanway can be linked into epic journeys.
  • Bike paths through leafy suburbia like Narangba.
  • Bike paths along creek flood zones through Brisbane.
  • Short bike paths in smaller reserves, suitable for youngsters.
  • Rail trails in places like Wamuran and Fernvale.
  • Dirt trails in bush where they are relatively flat, wide and easy, eg several in Redland.

Paperback, spiral bound.

161 pages.

Non-ficiton, all ages. Travel.

Written by Gillian Duncan and Mark Roberts. 

29cm x 21cm x 1cm. 

Mark "The Mapper" Roberts is a Pom and also a Kiwi who has been orienteering and drawing orienteering maps for 30 years. He competes in Foot Orienteering and Mountain Bike Orienteering and rides at Nerang. Mark is a freelance software engineer with a young family.

Gillian Duncan is a well-known Australian mountain biker who has been campaigning for the last 15 years for legal MTB trails. She is past-president of MTBA and current president of GCTA. Gillian teaches safe bicycle riding to school groups and individuals, performs recreational trail audits for local councils and QPWS and is active in trail care at Gap Creek.

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