In Queensland, you'll find a mix of dry bushland and tropical rainforest. The climate is warm and humid over summer, more so the further north you travel. Winter is dry and mild. Weather in South East Queensland is usually very good, especially around September/October, with a wet season over summer and a dry season over winter. Being in the subtropics/tropics, storms are heavy and intense over summer, although not too frequent. Practially all year round you'll find Queenslanders throwing themselves in the Pacific Ocean from the beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast in SE QLD and the Whitsundays in North QLD.
The Hinterlands of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are a playground for a motorcycling enthusiast, and inland of Cairns is the famous Atherton Tablelands.
You’ll find Brisbane a good starting point, being only an hour away from the Gold Coast and an hour and a half from the Sunshine Coast.
The Gold Coast hinterlands are set several kilometres inland from the coastline and offer several motorcycle tours that can be tackled in a day.
Tamborine Mountain is one of the more popular tourist destinations, featuring a shopping street filled with unique outlets, a cheese factory, liqueur distillery, rainforest treks, a waterfall and swimming hole. The scenery on the ride is fantastic and the corners are exhilarating, but be wary of the blind spots these corners create.
The route begins in Waterford and takes you through Tamborine Mountain, Mount Nathan, down through Beechmond, Witheren, Canungra, back through Tamborine and to the M1 motorway.
Begin by heading south on Waterford-Tamborine Rd, take a right at Main Western Rd in North Tamborine to continue to Tamborine Mountain. From there take Henri Robert Dr and then turn left at Beaudesert-Nerang Rd to go via Mount Nathan. Turn right at Nerang Murwillumbah Rd and right at Beechmond Rd. Continue until you come to Beaudesert-Nerang Rd, turn left and follow this to Beaudesert-Beenleigh Rd which will take you back to the motorway, from where you may either return to Brisbane or continue your journey south to the Gold Coast.
Lamington National Park Rd
Lamington National Park is another great destination. From Canungra, Lamington National Park Rd features twists and turns you won’t soon forget, not to mention that the national park itself is a rainforest wonderland well worth exploring.
Heading north from Brisbane, the Brisbane – Nambour – Mapleton – Landsborough – Brisbane loop will set you up for a good day out on your motorbike. Take a detour and head to Caloundra and Mooloolaba, two popular beachside towns, for a break and a relaxing dip in the ocean. A major attraction on this ride is Montville, a gorgeous little tourist town with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
From Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands loop is a must-do. Excellent road surfaces, good corners, and stunning scenery make this trip an essential inclsion in your travel itinerary.
There’s plenty of fuel stops along the way, although at about 200km all up, you may as well fill the tank in Cairns and go the whole way without needing to stop for fuel.
The Tablelands are full of attractions worth visiting, and with more than a few natural swimming areas, bringing a set of bathers is recommended. Highlights include Babinda Bouldes, Josephine Falls, Paronella Park, Millaa Milla Falls, the Curtain Fig at Yungabarra, and Lake Eacham at Crater Lakes National Park.
Begin in Cairns on the Captain Cook Hwy heading north to Kuranda then south on the (Kennedy Hwy), turn left again just before Mareeba, left again (east) just before Atherton (Gillies Hwy), which brings you to Gordonvale and the Bruce Hwy which till take you back to Cairns.