Sunshine Coast Hinterland Cycling Holiday Itinerary
Arrive at your apartment at Endless Summer at Coolum Beach. Settle into the Sunshine Coast vibe and get ready for your week of cycling!
This afternoon we will collect you from your accommodation and spend a few hours on the water connecting culture to the coast.
Not only is this a chance to get to know your fellow travellers but we will also enjoy a sailing experience in the traditional waters of the local Kabi Kabi or “Saltwater People”. Take a step back in time to experience the life of the traditional land owners who have lived off these bountiful coastal waters for thousands of years. Connect with these ancient people through story telling, didgeridoo and entertainment provided by your Indigenous Storyteller Guide as you cruise to sites of significant cultural significance, places for hunting and gathering and places where Dreamtime stories and songs originated. Spot sea birds, turtles and dolphins as you enjoy an array of delicious bush tucker inspired catering that brings the flavours and textures of the rainforest and the ocean to life.
Included meals: dinner
2: More Maroon than a QLD Pineapple!
Today’s cycling journey is designed to show off local roads with distinctive character – some might call them character building. VéloRoo invites you to get into the spirit of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland as we take you through some of the most charming and lesser-known nooks and crannies of South-East Queensland.
Our morning climb – we drive out to our starting at Woombye, home of The Big Pineapple – is strangely reminiscent of our favourite local French climbs. It has a homely vibe to it and the Australian bushland provides a pleasant shady cover as we work our way up. The roads truly are diamonds in the rough, making for a unique riding experience.
Once we reach the top of the range the going gets bumpy – but the views are worth it. Julia and Steve have put together a range of distractions and detours to explore the heights of the range to ensure you don’t miss a thing, before we start our descent.
You are in for a great, great descent, with sweeping hairpins and long, fast straights that will make you want to hoot with glee. The cycling route for this descent is bordered by wild, natural beauty the entire long, long, long way down.
- Riding the ridge line with sublime 360-degree views,
- The meandering valley roads,
- Mountain top vistas,
- The aromas as we ride through plantations and farmlands.
Included meals: lunch
3: The Sunny Coast Classique
Sit back and relax, soak up the chill atmosphere of an Australian holiday – with a bonus challenge – today’s route! Even a flat day in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland region is going to be bumpy. Today’s ride, a round trip from our base in Coolum through the luxurious vacation mecca of Noosa and on into the picturesque Noosa hinterland, is the longest day ride in our current repertoire. A dubious honour, making for an unforgettable day of cycling.
The Classique is a ride our French friends would refer to as bonne pour les yeux – good for the eyes – although you feel the burn, the epic scenery will inspire you to pull through.
We have a couple of sneaky detours planned to make sure you get only the very best views and impressions; by the time we roll back home along the Sunny coast all your senses will be well and truly sated.
- Breathtaking ocean views as we depart in the morning,
- Gyndier Drive – car-free and yours for the taking,
- Cruising along Hastings Street, a Noosa icon,
- Cycling through historic Australian towns – especially the time bending main street of Cooroy.
Included meals: lunch
4: 27 Million Years in the Making!
Today, your VéloRoo cycling holiday stage will take you into the wild and untamed heart of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to discover hidden vistas that will take your breath away. This is a relatively hilly stage with a flat finish, full of Sunshine Coast charm. Heading out from Landsborough, we will ride for the hills until we hit the stunning scenery of the Blackall Ranges.
Macadamia and pineapple plantations, as well as custard apple farms, line the route towards the Blackall Ranges, one of the best kept secrets when it comes to cycling highlights in the South-East Queensland. At VéloRoo we like to take the road-less-travelled and this quiet, rambling route is one of our all-time riding favourites, especially the broad panoramic views of the Glasshouse Mountains, translucent and mysterious in the winter sun.
Everything about this ride is picturesque, from the tiny villages dotting the countryside, to the roadside fruit stalls with their honesty boxes. Even the odd 10% climb this route throws our way is too gorgeous to be a serious struggle.
And the descents – you will be giggling like a bunch of school children on excursion!
- The Glasshouse Mountain views,
- Spectacular scenery throughout,
- The call of the whip birds,
- Wide open skies and plenty of sunshine,
- The descents.
Included meals: lunch
5: The Heritage Tour
Today’s stage is a classic voyage of discovery as we take a ride through history via picturesque roads winding about small mountainside farms. Our chosen route feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the busy seaside towns.
This round trip, starting at our base in Coolum, will take you into some of the most ancient landscapes in Australia. Skirting volcanic plugs, we’ll work our way up the sneaky hill gradients to be rewarded with stunning views and truly ancient treasures.
This supported ride highlights the Sunshine Coast’s natural history and gives you a glimpse of some of the oldest farm and timber establishments of the region – including sprawling cane fields and pineapple farms – if you want to buy a pineapple, today’s your day!
To break it up, we allow for a leisurely coffee stop in Yandina, a beautiful local secret nestled on the bank of the South Maroochy River. Our favourite café serves a rich coffee brew made from their signature in-house roast; the perfect pick-me-up before we cycle back into Coolum.
- Striking, ancient Australian landscapes,
- Cycling through some of the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands oldest settlements,
- Technical descents,
- The emerging coastline as we return to Coolum.
Included meals: lunch
6: Departure Day
So this cycling adventure has come to a close – but we’ll be ready and waiting to take you on your next VeloRoo Cycling Adventure.
Live, Laugh, Ride …
Acknowledgement of Country
In the spirit of reconciliation VeloRoo acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.