We are Two Up Riders Aus, and we love to ride two up. We’ve done a few longer trips – to Sydney, Wagga Wagga and back to Brisbane in five days, some long weekends and overnighters, but mostly days trips to blow the cobwebs away.
If you enjoy riding a motorbike, either a tourer or an adventure bike, there’s plenty to love about the Moreton Bay region.
Here are a few routes to consider if you’re new to the area or from outside the region, looking to explore (most of these routes can be done in a 4WD, too).
An easy morning or afternoon run, you can stop for breakfast, mid-morning coffee, lunch and a beer on the way home, or a combination of them all!
Ride out along Dayboro Road from Petrie and hang a right at Fingerboard Road before you reach Dayboro township. Turn right onto Mt Mee Road and strap yourself on for the ride up to Mt Mee through Oceanview, a favourite hilly ride for local bikers. You will often see hundreds of bikes both at Dayboro and along the Mt Mee Road. Don’t ever feel pressured to ride faster than you feel comfortable – much of the road is 60km/hr limited, so stay safe.
Turn right at the D’Aguilar Highway (and the Dag Pub) and head back towards Wamuran. Turn right onto Old North Road and head down Bellmere Road for a variation on the D’Aguilar Highway.
If you’re looking for an overnighter or weekender, Ocean View Estates offers a sumptuous menu and cottage accommodation. If you decide to have lunch or dinner there, just remember that it’s set on a vineyard and the wines are delish – and you’re on a bike!
We opted to spend five hours there one afternoon rather than continue home and watched a summer storm come though, while we sampled their pinot noir. A beautiful experience and wonderful memory.
Tip: always be flexible with your trip time to savour the moment!
You can then wind your way through the foothills of Mt Mee via Campbell’s Pocket, Rocksberg and Moorina, ending up at Narangba. Some of these roads are dirt, but well-groomed enough for a tourer if you like a bit of scenery. From there either head back to the M1 or follow Gympie Road south.
Route time: 1hr & 20 minutes
Length of trip: depends on how many times you stop!
Head out through the Gap in Brisbane on the Mt Nebo Road. You can stop at Jolly’s Lookout for a spectacular sunrise if you’re early enough. Mt Nebo Road turns into Mt Glorious Road, veer to the left rather than turning right.
Head for the Mt Glorious Café for breakfast - a must for any serious biker where you can watch around 200 bikes at any given moment pull in and take off. Just be ready to add to your wish list or next-to-buy list.
Hairpin turns and steep ascents and descents are the order of the day on this road – don’t let anyone hurry you, accidents are a common occurrence.
Head back down Mt Glorious Road and turn left towards Highvale and Samford. We prefer to take a side road to the left of Samford unless we’re going in for lunch. Take a left at Showgrounds Drive, which turns in to Greggs Road and takes you out to Mount Samson Road near Yugar and Closeburn. Turn right onto Winn Road, and take a right onto Clear Mountain Road, another lovely hilly road with views over Lake Samsonvale and then winding its way along Clear Mountain Reserve.
Clear Mountain Lodge offers delicious brunch, lunch and dinner on the weekends and makes a perfect location from which to explore the region if you’re looking for local accommodation.
Turn left onto Eatons Crossing Road and head for Eatons Hill Hotel to compare notes.
Route time: 1&1/2 hours
Length of trip: depends on stops