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Australia's best motorcycle roads. The Gillies.

Gilles highway - Northern Queensland

Just south of cairns the Gilles highway runs from Gordonvale up the Lamb range to the Atherton Tableland. It has a reputed 258 corners in the main 19km section and is the premium ride in northern Queensland.

The nearby Parmerston highway is also an exceptionally good road with more open sweepers and roller coaster rises and dips and you would have a wonderful loop if these were combined. Kuranda range is the third climb up to the Tablelands and also a nice ride but shorter and with more traffic.

Video below is not me, just for reference.


  1. This is AWESOME !!!!!

    I looked at having my bike shipped up from Brisbane - $4-500.

    So i'll have to allow more time and just ride up there one day !!

    ROck on!!

  2. I have ridden around the Brisbane area and love it to bits. The Somerset Dam loop is definatley my favourite so far. Mount Mee, Mount Sampson, Mount Glorious, Mount Nebo and Somerset Dam all in a days ride. Sensational and only 4 sets of traffic lights and 3 intersections..(!)

    1. If you're still out there, could I get you to send the route info on this? I'm visiting next month and would like to ride in the area. Thank you!

    2. Steve, the route is Gordonvale to Atherton.

  3. Brisbane is only 2500km from the Gilles!! :D

  4. I have been going to do a fly and ride long weekend in Cairns for some time. It just seems to have slipped off my radar with all the other travel I do.

    Also cost is just that bit extra than hopping on your own bike and riding off for a few days but I am still looking to do it.

  5. You missed the Rex range which runs up to the Tablelands north of Port Douglas just south of Mossman, Is less crowded than the others and a superb bit of road.


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