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Big Western Loop

Ride report - Big Western Loop.

A fine and mild summer's day after all the rain made for a perfect Sunday to go for a ride.

I had been wanting to explore some roads west from Boonah, on the way there I turned off to the township of RoadVale and then to Kalbar to enjoy some magnificent morning views of what is referred to as the Scenic Rim.

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After this I tried to ride around the back of Lake Moogerah, however the roads that Google map makes to look as being sealed are in fact gravel so I back tracked and took another side road to Aratula which was my first rest and fuel stop. The bakery/cafe at Aratula was a nice find, Di Bella coffee and nice items at half city prices.

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After this my next exploration was the Rosewood-Aratula road. Here I found one of the most spectacular views I have enjoyed as the road takes you ride right up to the base of the mountain rim.

After this I though the road was going to end, it suddenly becomes dirt, then you are fording streams before it returns to a wide sealed road after a few km. This is maybe the 5th time I have ridden dirt on the MV and it handles it rather well. You most certainly don't need an adventure bike to ride unsealed roads.

Next I tried to go from Laidley to the Gatton Clifton Rd via Mt Berryman and got lost. The roads in Google map just don't seem to be there in real life (not the first time that has happened) I really could have done with a GPS today - I spent alot of time pulled over looking at print outs from google that just didn't work in real life so I backtracked to Gatton for lunch.

Then I tried one more road combo - and got lucky. From Ma Ma creek I rode over to Flagstone creek and up to Toowoomba via upper Flagstone. This was a nice ride and I shall re-ride it and perhaps add a bit more to it as not enough as it is and then post it up to the good roads list. I saw many motorbikes on this road today which suggests this is a popular road with locals however by itself its not really note worthy compared to the roads in the hinterland north or south.

Quick visit to the Picnic Point lookout and Coffee at the aptly named Coffee House which is worth revisiting then I decided to return via Hampton and the excellent road from there to Esk (posted here and which I need to update I think)

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Last point of note I stopped at Gus Beutels lookout at Ravensbourne on the way down to Esk which is an amazing panorama. I wanted to visit Lake Perseverance also as recommended by Jumi, a reader of this blog, however by now it was getting on and I still had a long way to ride so I elected to return to there another day.

So on to Fernvale for third refuel, about 500km today in total, home via Mt Glorious by now late Sunday arvo (which is only time on a weekend I will dare go near the place) to wrap up what turned out to be a hugely enjoyable day out riding.


  1. Mate, as usual your pics are fantastic and really do reflect what it is like. Love them wide angle shots - are they joined??

    As a side, it is not even worth responding to that crap above, hence the delete button!!

  2. A lot of straight flat road on the top of the range between Toowoomba and Hampton, but other than that the rest of the roads are terrific.
    I also like the journey between Esk and Hampton although my preference is up, not down.
    Great photos as usual.

  3. Thanks Beaker, yes the wide shots will mostly be more than one photo joined, although I do have a 28mm wide angle it is not always enough. Easy however to loose perspective with the panorama photos too... 24 mm would be nice.

    Your right Peter, there is a bit of straight stuff to cover up the top and come to think of it elsewhere near Esk and Gatton as well. Fortunately though it is not too far between more varied roads and just nice to go somewhere different.


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