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The Far North Queensland charity ride returns for 2014

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bicycle tour through the rainforests of Queensland, Australia

The Far North Wilderness Bike Tour charity ride is on again in 2014, taking cyclists on a supported trek through North Queensland's World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest.

The eight-day ride covers more than 400km of mostly remote dirt roads and tracks where there is barely a car in sight, all while raising money for the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre, which plays a vital role in the conservation of North Queensland's flora and fauna and the Great Barrier Reef.

“This is a fully supported, self-paced ride where each day participants will travel through unique natural wonders, swim in spectacular water holes and bush camp at picturesque sites,” says Mindi Tonak from Far North Wilderness Bike Tour. “This event presents a personal challenge for riders in a social atmosphere while supporting the conservation work of the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre.”

This year's ride will take place from September 27 to October 4. Starting in Cairns, riders will be transported to Mena Creek where they will have the chance to check out the famous Paronella Park before heading west into the rainforests surrounding South Johnstone River. The ride will then pass Yourka Reserve, Ravenshoe – which is the highest town in Queensland – Tablelands, Tinaroo and Davies Creek before finishing back in Cairns.

The route takes in some spectacular scenery, including waterfalls and gorges, rainforest and open forest as well as hard-to-access country that many locals haven't even seen.

Mindi says the ride is capped at 65 participants and includes vehicle support and home-cooked meals. As much of the route is on dirt, it is best suited to mountain bikes or hybrids with suspension.

For more details on the route and to register, visit the Far North Wilderness Bike Tour website.

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