cairns to karumba bike ride

Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride


Once the ride begins you have the opportunity to camp in some terrific locations across the Savannah Way. Generally we camp at the local rodeo grounds (or similar) for our overnight stays.

You will have access to showers (first in best dressed with the hot water!) and toilets. Most people do a little bit of basic hand washing each day and rig up their own clothes lines.

All forms of camping take place on the C2K Ride. Some like to keep it simple with not much more than a swag while others prefer to take a tent, camper trailer or even a motorhome.


If you prefer not to stay overnight at the rodeo grounds you have the option to stay at local motels/hotels etc. Please note that booking and paying for accommodation outside the rodeo grounds is the responsibility of individual participants who choose this option.

In 2017 we will have two dedicated volunteers who will transport participants from their hotel/motel to the rodeo grounds each morning for breakfast and each evening for dinner.

Remember that the ride culminates at Karumba Point, this means you need to either arrange your own accommodation on Friday June 30 (get in early as it books out fast!) or simply ‘camp out’ at the local recreation centre, Karumba (approx. 8 kms from the Sunset Tavern at Karumba Point).

We will have a bus available to transport all riders from Karumba Point to the Sports Centre on Friday afternoon. This bus is also used to transport participants wishing to join other riders to the Sunset Tavern for dinner on Friday June 30.

Food and Drinks

The Road Kill Catering Crew are an absolutely brilliant bunch of volunteers who ensure that no-one goes hungry on the way to Karumba. In fact, expect to put on a kg or two!

Breakfast – available from 6am. Pack 6 and the Dirty Boys eat first as they leave earlier than other riders.

Lunch - make your lunch each morning after breakfast. Riders can place their lunch in eskies provided by their escort drivers.

Dinner - available from 6pm each evening. We guarantee you will love the food!

(NB: you must supply your own plates, cups and cutlery)

Water and Powerade is made available approximately every 20km during the course of the ride.
An on-site bar will be available each day of the ride from 3pm. In all locations the bar will be operated by local organisations with profits flowing directly back to support the initiatives of the local community.
(NB: When arriving in Georgetown, head straight to the Wenaru Pub. From 4pm we will be holding the ‘Calcutta Bike Race’ around the town. This mini-event includes a rider auction, the Calcutta Race (approx. 12 riders) and we finish off with the Georgetown Rodeo Association Street Parade.)


All gear for unsupported riders will be transferred each day by the ride luggage truck. Simply place your luggage by the truck each morning and it will be transported to the next overnight location.

Bikes being transported back to Cairns need to be packed on Saturday afternoon shortly after arriving in Karumba. Riders are responsible for packing their own bikes into bike boxes (provided by individual riders) at the end of the ride. Bikes can be collected from the Cairns School of Distance Education between 7.00 -11.00 am on Sunday 2nd July.

The day after arriving in Karumba (Saturday July 1), a bus will depart Karumba at 6.00am headed for Cairns. The buses generally arrive back in Cairns at 6.00pm that evening. Please note that these buses will only stop in two locations in Cairns:

Novatel, Cairns (official event partner)
The Cairns School of Distance Education, Hoare Street, Manunda (5 mins drive from the city centre)

It is your responsibility to make your own arrangements from either of the above drop off points.

(NB: to provide all bus passengers with the quickest transport back to Cairns, we encourage all unsupported riders to pre-order and pay for their breakfast in Normanton before heading off on the final leg of the ride on June 30. That way you breakfast will be available for you on Saturday July 1 at 7am when you pass back through the town!

More details about this will be provided on the ride as orders can simply be placed when taking group photos on the final morning near ‘Kris the Croc’. The take away shop is just 50m across the road from Kris!




Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride
24th June - 30th June 2017
Making sure bush kids get a fair go!