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Good motorcycle roads - O'Reilly's

O'Reilly's Mountain (Lamington national park road)

Yes there is yet another mountain range in the hinterland to ride! This is a ride not so well known as the road surface in the past has been poor - even by aussie standards - but it has been resurfaced and widened in many places and some parts are now excellent.

The road out from Canungra is new, and alot of bits have been resurfaced on the hill itself.

From the coast this would be the 4th range, Springbrook then behind that is Beechmont which has two mountain ridges you can ride over (or a U shaped one with Binna Burra at the top to be more precise) and north is Tamborine and behind those are O'Reilly's. Indeed you can look across the valleys at the one another in certain spots.

This is still a low volume traffic road -not enough cars to sweep away all the stones or bit of gravel on some corners that washes across from the embankments - but also not enough cars to make the narrow sections too difficult - but you do need to use some care in parts.

Lookout and park on left before actual top of mountain is best and this is Oreilly's Mtn - the road beyond is actually Green Mountain (as far as I know) and becomes narrow and shrouded in rainforest. Cafe and tree top walk and bird feeding at the very top and end of road.

The only other cafe (just before the lookout) has been closed down so Canungra is closest food and fuel.


  1. hi Chef, We rode to O'reilly's in Feb and locals warned us about the coaches on the road, we timed our ride to be going with the traffic and headed back while they were showing the touros around the bush.We came apon only one huge coach in the narrow forested section going in the same direction so not too scary. Its a REALLY narrow road in parts so take no chances..Can't wait to do it again tho'

  2. Hi Ducati Girl,

    I agree you definitely need to take it easy in some sections. Fortunately I have not encountered any buses in the narrow sections - however I have seen them up the top so have been lucky.

    For me this isn't a road I would ride too often but something enjoyable in it's own way for those times when I feel like a bit of a change.


  3. I rode this yesterday, first time. The scenery is realy nice. The ride it self is only good if you go slow. That way it's not so tense and you can enjoy the view too. Not for those days when you feel like Matt Mladin. It is different for sure and will do it again. I recommend this as a "romantic" ride with your sweet heart on the back seat.

  4. Hi John,

    Yep not a road to go too fast on, the surface is varied, nice for when in a exploring mood with no time clock.


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