There are some amazing motorcycle rides around the Southern Queensland / Northern New South Wales border ranges in Australia. We took an amazing day trip from the Gold Coast on a trusty Triumph Tiger and headed up the Currumbin Valley road (Road 98) until we got to the turn off to Highway 42.
Then it is up and over Tomewin which is a great ride for any bike enthusiast. Doing it 'two up' is lots of fun. We stopped off at a road side market halfway up the hill and checked out the local produce.
On each side of the road is lush bush and natural forest. You really feel like you are well and truly in the country.
As you head down the other side of Tomewin the road drops steeply and you pass through the small settlement of Dungay.
A few more kilometres down the road you come to Murwillumbah, a small rural town packed of folks who want to live a 'organic' lifestyle. There are weekend markets and plenty of quirky and interesting shops to explore in Murwillumbah
From Murwillumbah we headed up Highway 32 to Uki and stopped in at the Rainforest Cafe for a little top up. The cakes were delicious and there is nothing like having a great fresh juice and a milkshake. The setting is superb and we both just chilled out on what was fast becoming a hot day. The road continued to be great for riding, but take some caution as there are plenty of people visiting this region.
We soon reached Mt Warning after a quick ride up the road. We parked the bike and started heading along the track to the summit of Mt Warning. The cool shade under the magnificent trees was refreshing, we soon realised that with our bike gear on there was no way we were going to make it to the summit on this day. It's a definite thing we want to do one morning to catch the sunrise.
After dipping our feet in a nearby river we came across, we sat on some rocks, and just took in the beautiful canopy that nature was providing. This is a great place to come for a day trip and if you are fortunate enough to be able to do it on a motorcycle then all the better.
After spending some time in the oasis we found we threw our legs over the bike and started to make our way back to the Gold Coast.
Instead of retracing our tyre marks back to the Gold Coast we took an alternate route along highway 40 through Tumbulgum. Then on up to Chinderah, and then you are now back on the main Pacific Highway heading north to the Gold Coast.
This is a comfortable day out and leaves you feeling refreshed and invigorated when you get home. There are just enough kilometres in the ride to get the adrenalin running, with plenty to see along the way.
We highly recommend this trip for a day out, we give it a 8/10.