Due to a date I have tonight I decided to do a shorter loop leaving from home that takes in Bayview Conservation Park.
I love this place, The natural beauty is different from other places I have been fortunate to ride. It’s not very hilly and has single track that winds through the forest for kilometres on end.
I started by heading through the back streets of Cornubia, past all the semi-rural properties. It’s a ten kilometre ride without any hills so quite cruisy at a decent average speed.
Before too long I arrived at the new housing estate bordering the forest. There is a nice park there built for the residents, making a good spot to have a rest and consume some energy.
The single track is well designed in here, they mostly join up to each other so once you finish one track you are onto the next. Each single track has an authentic looking sign made from corrugated iron with red paint displaying its name.
Grass Trees is a interesting track that winds through a large section of grass tree plants. Some are quite big! The sign for this one is on an old burnt out tree.
One thing I love about Bayview is the varying terrain, one minute you’re surrounded by grass tree plants or eucalypse, next minute you’re surrounded by a thick forest of tall skinny trees providing lots of shade cover.
Then again the terrain changes to a more open bush setting with colourful features that catch your eye! I could not help but be hypnotized as I watched this native bee collecting pollen.
Again the track terrain changes back into grass tree plants, still on the Sock puppet track. This track is pretty long!
Last time exploring in here I didn’t have time for every track, they are so long! So this time I headed south for many kilometres. The single track is called Koolyar Nobbys. The track went forever, just kept going and going. It was so different to what we are use to with it’s skinny but towering trees.
Koolyar Nobbys spat me out at the southern end of Bayview. You have to take your hat off to the Redlands city council. In all my mountain biking around South East Queensland, I have never seen anything like this.
Firsty a water drinking trough for horses.
Then on the other side is a work station for push bikes. See the tools hanging down? So cool!
It was time to head home now, I have a second date with a beautiful lady who has blown my socks off on the first date. It was important to get home on time. I could see on the map there was a fire road that takes you through the Carbrook wetlands south out onto Beenleigh Redland Bay road. This fireroad was lovely as it cut through the wetlands with water features on both sides surrounded by paper bark trees. You could feel the fresh clean oxygen as you sucked it in.
Time for a road stint to get home. Due to stopping so many times to take photos at a slow pace, I decided to shift the bike into the big chain ring and smash it home. I usually hate the road with cars but it was a nice ride as it winds past wetlands and nature reserves. Soon the terrain opens up with farmland.
It was only a small ride today at 41 kilometers but loved it none the less.