Tin Can Bay
Last Sunday the Pillion and I decided to tag along with some friends on a ride up to Tin Can Bay for lunch. The weather report for the day was for a cool cloudy morning followed by showers in the afternoon. Thankfully we managed to dodge the showers (I forgot the soap anyway) and only had to contend with damp roads.
The route started at BP north at Burpengary 45km (28 miles) north of Brisbane. From there we followed the Bruce Highway until we turned off on Steve Erwin Way, past Australia Zoo, through to Maleny, Kenilworth, Pomona, Kin Kin and Tin Can Bay.
Even though Tin Can Bay is an easy 2 hour, 175 km (110 mile) ride north of the BP, our trip would take us around 4 hours and around 235 km (146 miles) via the scenic route.
Our first stop to regroup and warm up was at Kenilworth, in the heart of the Mary Valley. About 110 km (70 miles) into our trip.
Kenilworth is a “blink and you’ll miss it” kind of town, with a population of about 300. The main street has a row of shops, a country supermarket, a museum, and two of the most important establishments any town needs; a service station and a pub.
It also has a Cheese Factory which is the centre piece of the Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Festival held in April each year. I’ll talk about that some other time.
After our short intermission we headed north along the Eumundi-Kenilworth Road towards Kin Kin. Most of the roads were pretty good, although some stretches were bumpy, and you had to pay attention on the corners because there was debris mid line.
Not a good thing when you’re two up… or any other time for that matter.
We turned right on Tin Can Bay Road and headed east towards the coast and Tin Can Bay. Nothing to eventful along this road, just straight wide and tempting. Alas, it is known to be patrolled by the local constabulary, so we had to behave ourselves.
Tin Can Bay was originally part of a large timber logging area settled in the 1890’s. The logs were floated up the Great Sandy Strait between the mainland and Fraser Island to Maryborough, where they were cut and transported to other areas. Logging came to an end in 1893, although some milling continued until the end of the century.
Now-a-days it’s a great spot to get away from it all, and is a gateway to other places of interest, like Rainbow Beach and Hervey Bay. Closer in you can indulge in some bush walking in the Cooloola National Park, fishing or boating in the Great Sandy Straits and Fraser Island.
There is lots to see and do – or not.
The clouds started rolling in again just outside Gympie, luckily the promised showers held off until we made it home. All up we covered 450km (280 miles).
Not a bad effort for a days riding.