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Northern exposure


Wow what a great day after all that rain. I woke late and was surprised to see nothing but blue sky so quickly had some breakfast and because already 9.00am I decided to ride north.

I can see the attraction of the north, 15-20 minutes from the CBD and I am already enjoying good roads. However the down side of this proximity is I am sharing with alot of other bikes and cars compared to the south, and being close is also attractive for police, more on that later.

My route today was as follows:

From the CBD out via Alderley, Old Northern Rd, Fuel at Albany Creek.
Then Eatons crossing Rd, Clear Mountain Rd on to Dayboro.
Over Mt Mee, on to Woodford, up to Maleney and stop there for rest and coffee.

There are simple so many places to get a coffee in Maleny however if I can suggest one it would be the excellent Colin James Fromagerie/cafe in the main Maple st, number 26. After a cup of my favourite Di Bella coffee and quick flick through the Sunday mail for 20 minutes I moved on.

From Maleny down the range to Connondale I continued west with some amusement watching a Lotus Elise tackle some corners before showing him the MV's exhuast pipes and onto Kenilworth to refuel.


Kenilworth Hotel

Too early to eat still so I went to Mapelton via Obi Obi and up the excellent George Wyer Scenic Drive that climbs from the Valley floor to the top of the range in rather spectacular fashion - and fun thing is its one lane each way so you can pick and choose some great lines on the tight corners with no fear of oncoming vehicles.


Looking west to Obi Obi from George Wyer Scenic Drive

I rode straight on from Mapelton and down the range before turning right to Dulong at the lookout. Now how many nice flowing downhill rides do you know of? - not many eh - this is a superb ride that you really should try.


Near Dulong

At the bottom of the range (now on eastern side) you turn right and right again at both T junctions to go to Palmwoods. I did a lap there but nothing too my fancy so rode on to Mooloola valley on the excellent road via Eudlo.

Near Eudlo

At Mooloola valley I had lunch at the Graze Cafe. Tasty food in a generous serving, friendly service and good coffee made for a very enjoyable stopover. Next ride north get away from the crowds at Maleny or Montville and do the ride down via Dulong to here instead.


Graze cafe

After lunch I went back to Beerwah and rode down Old Gympie road a bit to try get some photos with the mountains in background and then back and over to Peachester. That road is so busy its near impossible to enjoy those few corners, then back d'Aguilar via Woodford to refuel and pitstop and then over Mt Mee and back home via Clear Mtn etc again.



Great day out, but the five different police revenue raising attempts I encountered on this trip is a bit over the top and again a reminder that the south is still the better choice for now.

4 comments

  1. Looks like a fantastic ride! I've recently got my license and I'm just getting comfortable on my Honda VTR250 before any scenic rides but I can't wait to try something like this (except in Sydney). Love the MV too, awesome looking bike!

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  2. Suggest "Monikas" for coffee. Glad to see you were on your own as one bike is easier on the ear than the packs we get through Maleny, reallyy noisy and unpleasant as it is our weekend also.
    Also nice is a cafe in Kenilworth with a verandah out the front (have forgotten the name, Lavazza coffee though which is nice and rich.)
    Don't tell your millions of friends about our lovely area though!

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  3. Mate, that road up to Mapleton via Obi Obi is one of the best for exactly the reason you stated - no on-coming traffic. Once again, great pics and great write-up.

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  4. Thanks Jon - try these roads a bit at a time and see what ones you like.

    Maleny does get very busy, not sure if I should feel sorry for the locals or happy the town is doing so well. I am familiar with that cafe at Kenilworth Sham wan towers, was a great lunch from memory, let me see - http://motorcycleparadise.blogspot.com/2006/11/wtf-yep-northern-roads-infopics.html
    Is this the one? I think the secret is already out however :)

    Thanks Beaker that road is a good one for any sort of bike a real gem.

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