3. Lock in your travel

So you've got your crew, and you have entered Reef to Reef. Now it's time to get there!

If you're driving from anywhere in northern Queensland, you'll be familiar with driving times to Cairns and surrounds.

If you're flying, Cairns is the target airport. You'll be best placed to get onto a flight comparison site like Skyscanner, or see what offers somewhere like Flight Centre have. Of course, booking direct with Qantas, Jetstar or Virgin Australia is also easy. Jetstar are fine with bikes, but you do need to book for the right amount of weight, and add it on as a sports item. So this fare does add up a little.

You could even check places like lastminute.com.au for package deals for flight and accommodation - although you may wish to stay in two places. The drive times from somewhere around Palm Cove are pretty good. 10 minutes for Stage 1, Maybe 50 for Stage 2, 70 minutes for Stage 3 and about an hour (or less if you use the shuttle) for Stage 4.

But let's look at that now.