Located in between the Brisbane Valley and Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the Woodford Folk Festival takes place in a rural valley surrounded by natural bushland with plenty of native wildlife and a superb view of the Glass House Mountains from the hill-top above the festival grounds. The festival is about an hour and a half drive north of Brisbane, or 40 minutes west of Caloundra or an hour south of Noosa.
Why not car-pool this year?
Instead of loading yourself and a mate into the car, think how many extra seats you have in your car and if any of your friends need a lift. Take one car instead of two! Why increase the amount of cars on the road, parking congestion and pollution at the festival? Offer your friends a lift, split the petrol bill and head for the hills!
This sites is free and help put people in contact with others who want to save money and the environment by sharing their travelling costs.
Driving from South
Drive along the Bruce Highway from Brisbane. Turn left at Kilcoy Exit 152. Follow service road parallel to highway. Turn left onto D’Aguliar Highway. Travel straight through to Woodford. Four kilometers after Woodford, turn right onto Kilcoy-Beerwah Road. Travel one kilometer then turn left into Woodrow Road.
Driving from North
Turn off the Bruce Highway at Highway 85 (Kilcoy), just short of the Caboolture turnoff, and follow the D’Aguilar Highway to Woodford. Travel four kilometres after Woodford and turn right towards Beerwah, travel one kilometre, then turn left into Woodrow Road.
Be careful of cyclists on the road 🙂
Why cycle to Woodfordia?
The joys of cycling are many and various, especially when the ride is along quiet roads through scenic country and the destination is the Woodford Folk Festival. It’s a healthy, non-polluting and relaxing way of getting here.
The two-wheeled alternative becomes easier with a little help from Festival organisers. The Festival offers a free luggage service for Brisbane – based patrons with a Season ticket. You simply need to drop off luggage at the shop of our partners, Epic Cycles, in the week before the Festival and we’ll have it ready and waiting at the Festival when you arrive, then return it usually on 2nd January.
Bookings are essential for this service, and can be made through Epic Cycles. They’re at 81 Baroona Road, Paddington, phone 3171 8700. (We recommend them for all matters related to the noble bicycle.) You can also book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
With luggage looked after, the ride to Woodfordia then becomes an easy undertaking for anyone with reasonable levels of fitness, especially if using the train/bicycle combination. The train – bicycles are free – will get you to stations on the Nambour line north of Caboolture. Trains run about every two hours or less on Boxing Day, which is when most cycling patrons reach the Festival. Check the Translink website for details but be aware that the line is often closed at this time of the year for track maintenance, and travellers need to use replacement buses. (They do have luggage compartments for bicycles.)
Once at the Festival – cyclists receive priority if there’s a queue at the Ticketing area – cycling patrons can camp at One Less Car Camping. It’s close to the Welcome Gate, is a dedicated camping space for non-motoring Festivilians, and has a marquee for secure bicycle parking, luggage storage and socialising.
We encourage safe and responsible cycling. Please be very visible and sun safe, stay hydrated, carry tools for repairs. Ensure your bicycle is safe and legal: take it to Epic Cycles if in doubt.
It’s more fun, as well as safer, if you have a riding partner. If on Facebook, find OneLessCar@Woodfordia and ask to join the group and you can soon connect for cycling company.
Download the Cycle to Woodford Guide/Map (PDF).
Which way to go?
All roads to Woodfordia from the train line need to cross the watershed between the Stanley River and the coastal streams. So no matter which way you go, there is an uphill stretch either easy or arduous, depending on your route. Generally the uphill bits are less of an issue on the return journey.
Numbers in brackets after place names refer to distance from starting point.
From Beerwah Station – the popular route
If using Strava, the mobile app or website for online cycling routes, see this page.
Otherwise directions are as follows:
From the train station, turn right, then almost immediately turn left and head west along the Peachester Road. If children are riding with you, you can use the footpath on the right side of the road, it continues well past the Beerwah State School. The road itself has light to moderate traffic. After about six kilometres, the climb begins. It’s not a steep gradient, the road runs through bushland and is well shaded, it twists and turns a fair bit so that traffic maintains a low speed. Towards the top of the climb there’s a break in the vegetation and it’s worth stopping to take in the view of the Glasshouse Mountains to the south – good photo op. You’ll soon arrive at Peachester (9) where there’s a café, picnic table and toilets.
At Peachester you can continue along the main road and face a further climb (and an exhilarating descent) but our route instead turns left onto Commissioners Flat Road. From here the remainder of the route to Woodfordia is especially idyllic, running through bushland and farmland with very little traffic. The road is narrow however, and requires the usual caution. It gradually descends into the Stanley River valley. Soon, you’ll come to a junction where you turn left into Cove Road (17). You can continue straight on for a few hundred metres to rejoin the main Kilcoy-Beerwah Road to avoid two short unsealed sections of Cove Road. The favoured route though is along Cove Road. The unsealed sections total less than three kilometres, traffic is extremely light, and gradually views of the Conondale Range appear over the Stanley River valley. Continue along Cove Road, ignoring several turnoffs (the last of which is Old Cove Road, a pleasant back road which leads to Woodford township). Cove Road then crosses the Stanley River and quickly ends on the Kilcoy-Beerwah Road. Carefully cross the main road here to reach Woodrow Road, follow this for less than a kilometre and you’ll have reached Woodfordia (27.5).
From Beerburrum Station – the most traffic-free
This route is a little shorter, and has much less traffic, than Ride 1. Much of it is through State Forest and about half is unsealed, fairly well graded but after a dry spell it can be quite dusty. Take care if visibility is reduced. Not recommended for narrow-tyred road bikes.
From Beerburrum Station, head out west to the Beerburrum Road, turn left, then after a short distance, turn right onto the Beerburrum-Woodford Road (.54). The route to Woodford is straightforward from here – it runs to the south of Mt Beerburrum, becomes gravel after several kilometres, and continues through pine plantation with some bushland before a short section of sealed road over the watershed. The climb is shorter but significantly steeper than Ride 1. After the climb there’s a major turnoff to the right, the Glasshouse-Woodford Road, but just continue without deviation. There are glimpses of Mt Beerwah through the pines.
Continue west until you reach Golf Course Road (18.54), follow this then turn into George Street which leads straight to Woodford township (20). Then turn right along the D’Aguilar Highway. To avoid the traffic, just stay on the footpath for a little while, follow Durunder Street running parallel with the highway, until you reach Old Cove Road (21) and turn right here. There’s little traffic on Old Cove Road, you may see the Woodfordia sign at the base of the Conondale Range, and the spire-like shape of Mt Beerwah to the east. After a few very easy kilometres, there’s the junction with Cove Road, where you turn left, cross the Stanley River and quickly reach the Kilcoy-Beerwah Road. Carefully cross the main road here, ride up Woodrow Road, follow this for less than a kilometre and you’ll have reached Woodfordia (26).
From Glasshouse Mountains Station – Best for mountain viewing
This route has a fine outlook on many of the peaks which make up the Glasshouse Mountains, and is a little longer than Ride 2. From the train station, ride west along Coonowrin Road, then turn left along Old Gympie Road and continue until reaching the Glasshouse-Woodford Road. Traffic so far is fairly light. Follow the Glasshouse-Woodford Road until the road starts climbing steeply towards the watershed and you reach the Glasshouse Mts Lookout (9). It’s worth stopping here to take in the view. The road now becomes unsealed and traffic is very light. Continue until reaching the junction with the Beerburrum-Woodford Road, turn right here and follow directions as outlined in Ride 2 to reach Woodfordia (28).
From Glasshouse Mountains Station – for mountain bikes
The Beerburrum West State Forest is riddled with tracks set up for forestry operations, and is something of a Mecca for SUVs and trail bike riders. None of the tracks are signed, some are eroded beyond belief, and there are occasionally burnt-out vehicles and illegal rubbish dumps. Mobile coverage is unlikely, and paper maps are unobtainable. Google Maps shows a complicated network of tracks, which don’t always coincide with the reality. The ride is better than this preamble would suggest, but you will need a compass for the most direct route through the State Forest.
Starting from the Glasshouse Mts station, ride west along Coonowrin Road, turn left along Old Gympie Road, then very soon turn right into Mt Beerwah Road. There are great views of Mt Coonowrin as you cycle along. The road climbs up towards the watershed and the Mt Beerwah car park (10). There’s a picnic area here and a short walking track to the base of the mountain and the start of the summit climb. If you can resist this adventure, continue west along the Mt Beerwah Road which quickly deteriorates. The sealed road becomes unsealed, and then practically unrideable with massive vehicle-sized potholes. (This could be great fun if you enjoy MTB stunts, but immensely difficult if you’re loaded with luggage). This horror stretch continues for a few hundred metres until the road becomes less steep. The next obstacle is inundation, with ankle deep muddy water covering the entire width of the track (even after several rain-free months). This occurs in several spots before conditions become more comfortable, and the track is fairly flat, running through very pleasant bushland. There are many tracks leading off the route, but the key is to refer constantly to your compass, and head due west without deviation. After possibly ten kilometres from the Mt Beerwah carpark, there is a barbed wire gate with a wild dog poison warning sign – cross through here, then a second gate (don’t forget to close these gates) and a few metres further on, Cove Road. See Ride 1 for directions to Woodfordia from here.
From Caboolture Station – for a fast ride
For cyclists in a hurry this is perhaps the quickest option. Trains to Caboolture are more frequent than to stations further north. The route follows the D’Aguilar Highway, which can be busy unless you make a very early start. While the road shoulder is generous in places, it’s not always so. Watch out for B-Doubles travelling to or from the quarry at Bracalba (17). The significant climb is just past Bracalba and, on the return trip, provides an exhilarating descent. This route is best suited for road cyclists who don’t mind a bit of traffic on the road to Woodfordia (31).
Woodfordia is close to two mountain ranges containing National Parks – Conondale and D’Aguilar – and accessible from two major river valleys – the Brisbane and the Mary. There is also the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. This all makes for excellent bicycle touring. With a decent map of South East Queensland, you can tailor a multi-day ride to avoid the busy roads and make the most of the scenic wonders seen on the way to Woodfordia.
The train and bus option
Take the train to Caboolture and then catch a festival shuttle bus to Woodfordia.
Keep congestion away from the festival and take the worries of parking and petrol costs out of the equation. Choose safer and hassle-free modes of transport this festive season.
Festival shuttle bus tickets can be purchased at the Caboolture Train Station prior to boarding the bus and will cost $15.00 each way. No bookings are necessary.
The train and taxi option:
Take the train to Caboolture and call Yellow Cabs Caboolture on 131 924.
Cab fares will vary according to distance and the amount of passengers.
Local taxi companies in the area:
|Kilcoy Taxis||9 Woodrow Street, Kilcoy||131 008|
|Yellow Cabs Caboolture||Caboolture||131 924|
|Rainbow Taxi Service||Rainbow Beach||07 5486 3164|
|Sunshine Coast Limited||2 Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore||07 5451 7599|
|ExecuCab||Maroochydore||07 5451 0066|
|Glasshouse Taxi Service||132 Chelsea Crescent, Minyama||0413 948 076|
|Gympie Golden City Cabs||Gympie||07 5451 7599|
|Range Taxi Service||26 Palm Street, Maleny||07 5494 3354|
0418 711 989
Fly into Brisbane airport and catch the airport train to Eagle Junction. Then catch the Caboolture train, and get off at Caboolture Station. There are connecting buses from here to the Festival at various times.
See Getting here by public transport for more details transport options to the Festival from Caboolture.
At Woodfordia, we believe there is more than driving alone to the festival. We encourage those of you who prefer to come by car, to do it as a group.
To help you, we decided to team up with www.coseats.com – a free website that will help you find the perfect riding match for your journey. You’ll also be able to access it through our app.
Through coseats, you’ll be able to offer a ride if you’re driving, or a request a ride if you’re a passenger. There are several reasons to choose to carpool:
- Financial – by sharing the cost of the ride.
- Environmental – by reducing the number of cars on the road and the number of cars on site, and therefore reducing carbon emissions and congestion.
- Societal – by developing new friendships.
There is no limit to carpooling. You can choose to travel with your friends and family, but also with fellow Woodfordians. Whether you travel locally or from interstate, there will always be someone making the same journey. So why not share it?