Tuesday, 1 May 2012


Part 1. Cleveland to Thornlands

The start of this ride is at the Cleveland Railway Station, situated on Cleveland Harbour with an abundance of cafes and restaurants. Right from the start you are treated to a wonderful view of Cleveland harbour.

If you intend arriving in Cleveland early, I would suggest that you contact Redlands on Moreton Bay Visitor Centre or simply phone 1300 667386 and request a Redland City Cycling and Walking Guide. They are open 7 days a week and conveniently located a short stroll through the park directly in front of the railway station. This is an extremely handy little guide and includes the addresses of bicycle shops in the area.

On leaving the station, ride along the harbour boardwalk and on reaching the end, turn right and cycle through a short lane way. At the end of the lane way, turn left and proceed along Masthead Drive to Raby Bay, where you will be greeted with pleasant views of Moreton Bay. You may wish to spend some time swimming or just relaxing on one of the beaches taking in the view, or if in luck, sighting a pod of dolphins or an elusive dugong. I have seen both in these waters but usually early in the morning or later in the afternoon.


One of Raby Bay's beaches

Raby Bay Cycle Path

Follow the road back to Harbourside and then follow directions on your map or GPS and head to Cleveland Point. The road to Cleveland Point has a number of historical buildings including The Grand View Hotel which I believe is the oldest licenced hotel in Queensland, the old Police Station (now part of the RSL and standing behind the Cenotaph) and the Courthouse Restaurant.


                                               Grand View Hotel
The last building on the Point is the Lighthouse Restaurant which has, along with the restaurant, a bar and take-away fish and chips outlet.  Due to the location, it is a truly superb place to sit and sip either a coffee, a nice cold beer or glass of wine whilst having the sea, at high tide, lapping the wall below you at the same time as you gaze at the magnificent vista of blue/green water with North Stradbroke Island in the background.

The Lighthouse Restaurant and bar

The next part of the ride takes us onto the Santaguiliana Way. This will take you past mangroves, along cement paths past playing fields, over wooden boardwalks and through natural bushland.

Views along Santaguiliana Way

Santaguiliana Way melds into Goleby Esplanade which runs through to Thornlands. There is ample opportunity for great photo shoots on this portion of the ride.

Keep up with the buzz and tune into Jimmy Bee's next post, Thornlands to Point Talburpin.

Jimmy Bee

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