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).
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.
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.