There's a whole lot to see and do in Tropical North Queensland, and the Crocodile Trophy might just be the way to explore!
Back to the jungle!
Day 7 sees the adventure head back east, through the wet tropics and to the coast. This is an all-new route for the Crocodile Trophy, and the stage finish is down at Hartley's Crocodile Farm, right on the coast.
While the route leads you through familiar farm country from Skybury Coffee, the hills approach and through the Kuranda State Forest you'll be on fast dirt roads, and then riding along moto trails and singletrack before descending down to the finish. As you're on the coast, you will have the comfort of a seabreeze and the sound of the ocean for a well-deserved rest.
Day 8 is a classic run down the Bump Track for a finish on Four Mile beach at Port Douglas. There's little better than finishing the Crocodile Trophy at the beach, jumping into the water, drying off in the sun and ordering some salt and pepper squid and a beer from the surf club.
Of course, you do need to get back up the hill to go down first, and after a sealed road climb, stretches of trail and dirt road take you to the Bump Track. Once off the long, long descent, the route takes you through the back of Port Douglas and onto the beach for the final run in.
Once you're finished, you will be a Crocodile Trophy finisher. But you will have ridden through world heritage listed rainforest, the dry tropics, outback cattle country, some of Australia's most fertile farm lands, old gold mining areas and along historical trails. The Crocodile Trophy is an epic 8-day adventure, but there is a 3-day version if that suits you more.
There's no doubt that seeing the beauty of Tropical North Queensland from the saddle of your mountain bike isn't the easiest way to do it. But it is one of the most rewarding. Given that the Crocodile Trophy attracts riders from around the world to experience this part of Australia - aren't you curious to discover more about the area, and spend time on your mountain bike at the same time?
Registatrion is open for the 2019 event on 12-19 October. The Crocodile Trophy is not a small undertaking - but completing it is a big reward.