The Yarraman-based 2-day ride was a great success, with over 30 riders on the Sunday and 20 riders on the Monday. 

Yarraman 2-Day Ride Report

Riders came from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Dalby, Kingaroy and Toowoomba.  With a mixture of both e-bikes (60%) and ‘traditional” bikes (40%), the weather was perfect, and we covered approximately 65kms and 1000m of elevation on both days.

Day 1 we rode south-east from Yarraman, along quiet country roads, following the signed Downs Burnett Cycle Trail (DBCT) for the first half of the ride to Blackbutt.  An unexpected headwind posed some challenges on the open stretches, but once we rode into forested areas the riding was better – except for the occasional hill! 

There were some great views from the higher spots above Blackbutt, and the final descent through avocado orchards was very nice.

Blackbutt was the destination for lunch, and being a Sunday there were plenty of other riders doing the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT).  There were several eating options available, including the well-known Blackbutt bakery, and the park was a nice spot with good amenities and a grassed area to relax.

After lunch we followed the BVRT from Blackbutt to the northern end of the trail at Yarraman.  Riders had pre-booked accommodation at the Royal Hotel, local motels, or caravan park. 

Dinner that night was at the Royal Hotel, where Paula and her team put on a very nice 2-course meal.

Day 2 – Monday morning, and we started the day at the Yarramarnos Café, where John and his team provided us with a delicious hot drink, hot meal, and a selection of cakes.  Then we rode north towards Nanango. 

Initially we followed the signed DBCT through the glorious forests around Yarraman, and after climbing some hills we had fantastic views of the surrounding farmland. 

Lunch in Nanango, where we once again supported the local bakery and cafes.  The home stretch initially followed the Nanango-Yarraman Link Trail, and then turned off onto the signed DBCT and headed south, riding through some of the beautiful hoop-pine forests.  From there we re-traced our steps back through the forests to Yarraman.

The ride ticked every box – great scenery, great camaraderie, great food, quiet country roads and trails – and at the same time supporting local businesses in the towns.

The next 2-day ride is already being planned.  Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page!