Cycling from Brisbane to Cairns
2009 About 2400Km
The main concern cycling this route is the traffic on the Bruce Highway (Route A1). For much of the way, this highway is the only route and there is heavy traffic including large semi-trailers and much tourist traffic towing trailers or caravans. In addition, the highway does not often have a shoulder. It is a 2 lane highway so you must also beware of oncoming traffic which may often ignore cyclists and use your road space to overtake, a particularly dangerous event and all too common. I always try to avoid using this highway where possible.
In the southern section from Brisbane to Rockhampton there are
some alternative routes and old sections of the main highway and
using these you can either completely avoid the Bruce highway of
use it for only short sections.
You can travel inland roads from Brisbane to Kingaroy, Gayndah, Biloela and then to Rockhampton. This completely avoids the Bruce Highway and is my preferred route and is shown on these route maps.
You can use coastal roads in the Sunshine coast region to reach
Gympie via Caloundra and Noosa etc. From Gympie there is a coastal
route to Maryborough which is also the route to Rainbow beach and
Tin Can bay. This route may have logging trucks in the northern
section. (This route is not shown on these route maps.)
From Gympie to Maryborough there is also the old highway and this
follows the railway for much of the way. You need to use the Bruce
highway for some 5 Km. only. This is the route shown on these
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Between Maryborough and Bundaberg it is difficult to avoid using
the Bruce highway. Fortunately some sections, but not all,
have a good road shoulder.
North of Bundaberg there is a less busy coastal route towards
beach holiday towns at Agnes Waters. You can use this and turn off
to reach Miriam Vale. From there you can cross the Bruce highway
and use a parallel quiet paved route to reach Calliope. This is a
nice route, but there is about 5 Km of dirt road crossing some
hills just west of Miriam Vale. These routes are shown on these
From Gladstone to Rockhampton it is necessary to use the Bruce
highway and there can be heavy truck traffic.
North of Rockhampton the only paved route is the Bruce Highway.
is a detailed interactive map of these routes. (opens in a