Cycle Queensland, Road Ride, Mount Cotton
Starting from Redland Bay, you are right next to the waters of Moreton Bay with the little-visited Southern Bay islands of Russell, Lamb, Macleay and Karragarra just a stone’s throw away. This unspoilt pocket of Brisbane still retains much of its simple charm. Redland Bay – aptly named because of its fertile iron-rich soil – has long been a rich farming region and along much of the ride, you will pass micro and hobby farms, some with cattle while others sell their organically grown fruit and veggies from farm gate stalls.
Redland Bay is one of the southern most points of South Moreton Bay. From the city, follow signs for Cleveland before turning south. Alternatively, head south on the Pacific Motorway, take exit 30 and follow the signs for Redland Bay.
Food and Drink
There are a number of good bakeries and cafés in Redland Bay with a choice to suit most tastes. Worth singling out is the Gypsy Café on Broadwater Terrace with a great breakfast and lunch menu to meet the demands of any hungry cyclist.
Jump on to a ferry leaving from one of the terminals in Redland Bay to go and explore one of the smaller Southern Bay Islands of Russell, Lamb, Macleay and Karragarra.
After 8km, you will pass the entrance to the Sirromet vineyard on your right. Set amongst native bushland, Queensland’s largest wine producer is certainly an attractive location to rest and admire the views out to the bay and North Stradbroke Island.
Mount Cotton Road is not in the best condition, making it a rough ride in places, especially on the uphill sections. Throughout much of the day and on an early weekend morning, traffic is generally light so you will be left to suffer on your own in the peace and quiet with just the accompanying sound of the birds to distract you.
Turning on to West Mount Cotton Road, traffic volume is reduced even further although due to the quarry a little further along, trucks can rumble by so be aware of this. The road starts to rise so settle in with a smaller gear as you ascend to the summit; 135m above sea level. Having passed the quarry, the scenery on either side of the road changes to a lush and green hinterland. Small farms dot the road side and there is a quaint garden nursery that sells a range of cool drinks and ice creams – a just reward after the climb up here. On a clear day, the nursery has a stunning view north to the city and if you are fortunate, the owner might be playing his favourite Oktober Fest Umpa band CD!
The descent off Mount Cotton is fast in places so maintain your awareness and ride at a speed you are comfortable with. After turning left on to Wuduru Road at 21km, the remainder of the ride is on gently rolling roads that you should not find too difficult. A further 4km along the ride, take care, turning right at the service station across Mount Cotton Road on to Valley Way, passing into and through Mount Cotton Village. Further caution should also be exercised at the cross-road with Cleveland-Redland Bay Road after 30.2km. With most of the ride behind you, enjoy the views to the bay as you ride along the final kilometres on Gordon Road before heading north back to the start.
33.485 km / 20.807 mi
363 m / 1,191 ft
363 m / 1,192 ft
125 m / 410 ft