BPS Hunt 600 route highlights
The BPS Hunt 600 goes through some of the most spectacular scenery in South East Queensland. Starting in Brisbane, the route heads north up most of the D’aguilar, Belthorpe & Conondale National Park. This area is great to ride in as you’re protected by the shade of the trees in most parts.
The route pushes on towards Jimna state forest (225km’s into the route). We will be making special arrangements with Pete from Jimna Base Camp to have a rest stop for any riders wanting a quick fuel up or to sleep. Jimna Base Camp has toilets, showers, drinks, food & a coffee van. Definitely a good spot to spend either your 1st or 2nd night at.
Jimna Base Camp
A bike friendly camp ground, at the 225km mark into the route. The camp ground is run by Pete, a really down to earth and bike positive bloke. We would definitely recommend for you to camp one of the nights at Jimna Base Camp, the fee is around $15 for the night. Not only is Jimna Base Camp a great place to set up for the night, it also helps out a small business!
”Jimna is immersed in the Australian bush; with nearby gorges, ravines, creeks, and waterfalls – some wild and spectacular places to see. The Somerset Region has quaint character villages dotted throughout with something of interest in each.” – Jimna Base Camp
Jimna has a heated shower and toilet block so you can wash yourself clean, dry out your clothes and wash your bike off. Last time I camped at Jimna, I was able to secure a strong 4G connection as well.
I will alert Pete to the fact that we will have some riders coming in over that week so that he can prepare some drinks etc, riders will need to be respectful and remain quiet when rocking up at late hours of the night.
After passing through Jimna State Forest, you’ll be welcomes to a nice steep hill towards Monsildale road. Bombing down Monsildale road is really fun, as it offers a break from the previous days climbing grind, however don’t get too carried away as there are cars travelling on this road.
After spending a bit of time riding on open gravel farm roads, you’ll end up in Linville which will be a nice place to stop, refresh and grab some food. From Linville, the route follows the BVRT all the way to Yarraman. The BVRT is the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, which was built along the path of the old rail lines.
BVRT (Linville – Yarraman) – Bakeries!
You’ll be pleased to know that after a day or two of remote riding, you’ll be back into some civilisation along the BVRT. The BVRT will take you through the townships of Linville, Blackbutt and Yarraman. Special mention goes out to the Blackbutt Bakery if you have time to visit. This is @allis_on_wonderland’s #1 bakery in QLD. Let me tell you… its hard to make that list!
The rail trail will be a nice stretch of Gravel to recover the legs after the previous days hills. However there is a climb from Linville up through Benarkin State Forest.
From Yarraman, we head north towards South Nanango. From here you’ll be riding through a mixture of sealed & unsealed roads through the townships of Tarong, Brooklands & Ellesmere. Once you hit the township of Kumbia, you’ll start climbing up towards the top of the Bunya mountains.
The Bunya mountains climb (Strava segment), starts just past Alice Creek, this is a brutal climb, the feeling of giving up may pop into your head at this part of the route, however we strongly encourage you to fight the pain and ride/ hike or even crawl your way to the top!
There’s a few campsites up in the Bunya mountain NP. Burtons Well Camp area is situated close after you summit. Burtons Well Camp Area has a few wood fire BBQ’s, toilets and showers (cold water).
Further along the summit, there is two other main campsites, Westcott Camping Area & Dandabah camping area. Remember, it is each riders responsibility to book camping sites in advance.
Bunya Mountains National Park
This may be the most mentally challenging part of the route, however the rewards for summiting far out weigh the leg burn.
The Bunya Mountains has a rich history which should be respected throughout the ride. The Wakka Wakka and Barrumgum tribes are the traditional owners for the bunya mountains and have inhabited and managed the mountains through traditional land-use management for thousands of years which included the cultural significant “Bunya Feasts” which would see thousands of people from surrounding tribes from Queensland and New South Wales come to the Bunya Mountains for these gatherings.
After summiting the Bunya Mountains, you’ll have a nice long descent down towards the township of Maclagan & further on, Quinalow, where you’ll be greeted to the Maclagan store. This is an excellent fill up point for the next stretch of K’s ahead of you. After Quinalow, there isn’t much for the next 60 or so KM’s, until you reach the township of Crows Nest. At Crows Nest, you’ll be pleased to find a few pubs and grocery stores to fuel up at.
After leaving Crows Nest there is a 15km stretch along the New England Highway until you reach Hampton. This can be avoided through some detouring along back country roads.
The next part of the route links together Hampton and Esk passing through the Deongwar State Forest. You’ll be greeted with a pleasant descent between these two towns.
From Esk, you’ll travel south along the BVRT to Fernvale then detouring through farm roads towards Lake Manchester, heading back up a punchy climb to link back onto South Boundary road. South boundary road will spit you back out at Mt Coot-tha.
From Mt Cooth-tha you’ll. Make your own way to Ascent Cycles in Wilston. You can take both road and bike path options all the way to the shop.
At this point, you’ll feel a sigh of relief as you’re handed a nice cold beer or cider of your choice. We will have snags on the BBQ and some good tunes to chill out with.
See you there ✌🏼