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 motor bike, either a tourer or an adventure bike, there’s plenty to love about the Moreton Bay region.
Here’s 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).
This route starts from Wamuran and takes in the northern part of the region, and lots of dirt (mostly well-groomed), and not many cafes or restaurants. You can reach Wamuran quickly from Caboolture, or take the less travelled, more fun route through the foothills of Mt Mee (Moorina, Rocksberg, Campbells Pocket, the Wamuran Basin – see next route for specific roads).
Head out to Woodford along the D’Aguilar Highway. If you’re ready for breakfast or morning tea there are a few cafes and bakeries to choose from, including CJ’s and the very healthy Jalla’s Café. The Woodford Village Hotel also serves a great coffee.
Continue out along the D’Aguilar Highway until you reach the Kilcoy Beerwah Road, and turn right onto it. After about 8km look for a left turn at Nonmus Road and head up into the Bellthorpe National Park. There are dirt tracks all through here, but many of them are dead-ends or go through private property. Our favourite route is to follow Bellthorpe Range Road until it connects to Campbell Road, turning right at Gap Road and then Mears Lane. This connects to Maleny Stanley River Road, a sealed road which leads to Maleny.
The views through the trees in the Bellthorpe National Park are stunning, looking out over Mount Kilcoy and the Connondale Ranges.
You may like to test your adventure-riding skills on Postman’s Track (turn left at Maleny Stanley River Road and about 1km along, turn left onto Postman’s Track). It’s only about 5 km long, and it’s a bit of fun on a bike with large humps across the road designed the slow the fall of water from destroying the very steep descent. More than once we have become air-borne (not entirely accidentally) down this road, and it’s fun going back up, too.
From here you can leave the Moreton Bay Region briefly and head out to Kenilworth and/or Montville and Maleny, if you have the time and the inclination.
If you choose to turn right back down Maleny Stanley Road, rather than try Postman’s Track, take another right at the Kilcoy Beerwah Road, and after a few kilometres, turn left at Commissioners Flat Road. Follow it around to the right into Cove Road, and wind your way through the Beerburrum State Forest plantations, turning right at Millwood Road. These are all unsealed, well-groomed roads.
Turn left onto the Glass House Woodford Road and head for the Glass House Mountains Lookout. Take lots of photos, stop for a picnic and generally take a breather.
There is a delightful café further east past the lookout called, surprisingly, the Glasshouse Mountains Café.
Turn right onto Old Gympie Road, which turns into Beerburum Woodford Road. You can follow this all the way through Elimbah to Caboolture.
This route has plenty options for easy adventure riding.
Route time: About 2 hours from Caboolture.
Length of trip: how many dirt tracks can you find?
A more challenging route for those looking for a bit of an adventure.
On this route, you’re likely to cross a creek or two, or ride alongside them. Remember to take your togs or be prepared to dip your toes in – they are clear and cool, great stops on a summer ride. Pack a picnic lunch because there are fewer cafes, and lots of fabulous picnic spots.
This trip starts at Narangba, heading northwest along Oakey Flat Road and turning onto Williamson Road, which eventually becomes Moorina Road. Turn left onto Caboolture River Road, and then right onto Old North Road, and then left onto Jackson Road. Jackson Road starts off sealed, and becomes unsealed as you climb up the foothills of Mt Mee at Campbell’s Pocket.
Cross over Campbell’s Pocket Road onto Top Yard, also unsealed, for some spectacular views across the Glass House Mountains and Moreton Bay. This runs into Tidwell Road, then Pedwell Road and joins Mt Mee Road at Mt Mee.
Run south-west along Mt Mee Road and enjoy the views for a few minutes, before turning right onto Sellin Road and heading up to the Gantry. Sellin Road is sealed and takes you most of the way there, with only a few km of dirt on Loveday’s Road. If you’re into trail walking, there’s a few around here, too.
For more adventuring, you can head back a km to Pegs Road, Range Road and Chambers Road (or other combination of unsealed roads) through the D’Aguilar National Park until you reach Mount Brisbane Road, which becomes Mt Pleasant Road, into Dayboro for a well-earned refreshment!
We recommend avoiding the Mt Mee Horse Trail unless you are experienced at off-road (this was very challenging for us, probably ideal for horses and goats…).
You can then head back to Petrie along Dayboro Road, or skirt Lake Samsonvale around to the west by riding out along Mount Samsonvale Road, and taking Winn Road (a favourite country road of ours) past Bullocky Rest to Forgan Road and Young’s Crossing (also a lovely picnic spot and swimming hole).
Route time: about 2 hours.
Length of trip: Depends on how many adventures you want and how many side roads you venture down!