The ride leaves Mareeba on May 5, travelling southwest through back country roads, travelling to Mutchilba, before spending the night at Almaden. From there, riders head to Barwidgi Station, Mount Surprise, Einasleigh and Forsayth. Riders can return to Cairns under their own steam, or take the iconic Savannahlander train back to Cairns.
Since inception 20 years ago, the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation has contributed more than $13 million to improving health services in the Far North. Covering a geographical region from Cardwell in the south, Georgetown in the west and the islands of the Torres Strait, we care for a population of about 270,000 people and aim to fund modern equipment, facilities, education, training and research through the provision of support services. Every cent donated to us goes to its intended cause and does make a difference to patient outcomes.
How the journey began
This ride was initiated when a group of cycling friends decided to go for a fun ride together from Mareeba to Forsayth, returning on the Savannahlander train. Dean and Anja Clapp have been keen cyclists for at least 10 years, being strong supporters of the Foundation's Cardiac Challenge cycling event, and have been heavily involved in planning this year's inaugural R'n'R MTB Adventure.
Why not journey back to Cairns on the world-famous Savannahlander "silver bullet" style train? Highly personalised, you will enjoy the tour alongside our drivers in our 1960's classic "silver-bullet" railmotors. There's no sleeping accommodation on the train so passengers hop off spend the night in accommodation in the towns while the train waits at the station overnight. There's also no catering on-board, so meals can be provided by local businesses or you can bring your own if you prefer.