Killarney the Condamine Gorge and Barlows Gate Road
September 20 @ 4:00 pm - September 22 @ 4:00 pm| Free
Here are the details of two interesting hybrid or Mountain bike rides. Description courtesy of Paul Glennon the ride organiser for 2020
The broad plan is to drive out to Killarney ( around 200 km from Brisbane ) Monday afternoon arriving say 4 pm. Set up camp or book into hotel / Motel for two nights
Meet for drinks and the evening meal at the Killarney Pub at 6 pm Monday 20th September.
Tuesday 21st Ride the Condamine Gorge via Queen Mary Falls, 46 km loop with 851 M of climbing
Meet at the Sundowner Motel Caravan Park in town, 800 M from the pub, at 8 am to head off at 8.30 am.
The ride heads up to Queen Mary falls for a short break on bitumen roads, then further climbing to Carr’s Lookout. At just after 24 km we turn sharp left onto gravel and head back to Killarney via the Condamine Gorge. This road is around 20 km of good quality gravel through the Gorge with 12 river crossings, the first one will be up to your knees. Most of the others are around 200 mm deep. Don’t wear your best shoes. Well have a short break somewhere in the Gorge for snacks that we’ll need to carry.
Details of the ride are here,.. www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2501369659
The afternoon is free to explore town.
Check out the Youtube link for a video of the 2020 ride https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og8UfaEzbiY
Evening Meal. Last year we suggested that we bring meat to BBQ in the Sundown Camp kitchen. They have a beaut facility with pot belly log fire. Will fit 15 people very comfortably. However, if the majority want another pub meal that is OK too. We might discuss this a few days out so that we can carry food if we need to. The camp kitchen has a frig, BBQ, stove and cooking utensils.
Wednesday 22nd Killarney, Legume, Elbow Valley loop, 53 km 612 M of climbing.
Meet at the Sundown Motel Caravan Park at 8 am to head off at 8.30 am.
We head out to Legume on bitumen, then a further 6 km along the Mount Lindsay Highway before turning onto quiet roads where it turns into a bit of gravel and later a sandy track.
You can see the route below. We skirt past Elbow Valley and slowly get back onto to bitumen roads staying on quiet roads wherever possible.
Details of the ride are here,…www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2501383528
Drive back to Brisbane in the afternoon, or stay longer if you choose.
Accomodation… everyone will need to book their own rooms
1) Sundown Motel Caravan Park www.killarneysundownmotel.com.au phone 07 4664 1318 Owner Leonie
The motel has 7 rooms, one with only one bed $100 / night, 3 rooms with two beds about $60 / bed / night and 3 rooms with three beds $47 / bed / night. (based on all 3 beds booked) – these are 2020 prices please check with the accommodation for actual pricing when you book.
Camping approx $10 a person with 2 tents per unpowered site.
2) Killarney Hotel Motel http://www.killarneyhotelmotel.com.au/ phone 07 4664 1313 Manager Annie
Hotel has 14 rooms, all with shared bathrooms, Twin rooms approx $55 / bed / night, Single bed rooms approx $60 / night (there are 3 of these)
Motel typically $90 to $125 per room, double, queen beds.