2020/21 Tour Dates:
- 22nd and 23rd of April, 2021
This two day, one night route showcases some of the North East’s most scenic high country and is the mellow(er) version of ‘Three Falls Flagellation’ day tour. It departs and finishes at our base of operations in the Mutual Valley. The route is dominated by three solid climbs, and visits three spectacular waterfalls. We overnight at the historic Pub in the Paddock at Pyengana.
A mandatory pre-tour briefing and gear check will be held at our base of operations, the Derby Forest Cabins on the evening before tour departure.
Departing from our base of operation, the Derby Forest Cabins, we soon encounter our first climb for the tour, a steadily building crossing of Rattlers Ridge, a high dividing ridge, once the site of numerous tin mines. Descending into the township of Ringarooma we approach the climb to Ralph Falls. The 600m climb up to Ralph Falls will constantly reward you with some of the finest views in the North East, and we will take lunch at the top. The short walk into a viewpoint reveals Ralph Falls, the tallest single drop Falls in Tassie. Enjoying alpine countryside we roll the plateau with views of Mt Victoria, before descending to visit St Columba Falls. From St. Columba Falls we coast down 7kms of winding bitumen to our overnight accommodation at the Pub in the Paddock.
Today’s ride is where the real backcountry adventure begins. Yesterday was a mild warm up for a more hardcore experience. We start with a short bitumen section to warm up the legs before charging straight into a lengthy climb to the top of the Blue Tier.
At the top of the Tier we wind our way around the summit, enjoying a panoramic view of the East Coast before diving headlong (hopefully only metaphorically) into the first half of the Bay of Fires Mountain bike Trail. After 14km’s or single track heaven we head north along a lengthy, undulating section of excellent gravel with punchy climbs and quick descents. Crossing the Wyniford River we head backcountry again, through a mixture of dry open Eucalypt and plantation timber to Moorina. The creeks and small rivers dissecting this region are popular with prospectors collecting sapphires, topaz and other semi-precious gemstones. We eventually find ourselves cruising the bank of the Ringarooma river and into the Mutual Valley to complete our days explorations.