Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride


Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride

24 June - 30 July 2023

Event Details

Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride is a truly epic adventure that you will talk about for a lifetime. Whether you are a rider (road or dirt), a supporter or a volunteer, there is a place for everyone on. In June/July each year, 250+ riders, volunteers and support crews travel through the unique and historic outback towns of the iconic Savannah Way raising funds to make sure bush kids get a fair-go. The kids line the route and say g’day with cheering, banners and flags.

  • Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride


    Various Locations Cairns
    QLD 4870, Australia

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Event Location

Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride

Various Locations Cairns
QLD 4870, Australia

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Event Information

Riders can choose to participate in the 780 kilometre ‘Road Ride’ – Rugged Roadies or the rigorous ‘Dirt Ride’ – Dirty Boys that works its way through stations right across the Cape.

For Participants

  • Road Ride: Roadies you can choose from the 1, 3 or 7 day options. All road ride options involves a number of packs and cater for all levels of riding experience – you simply select a pack that is riding at a pace that suits you!
  • Dirt Ride: Don’t let the name ‘Dirty Boys’ fool you – this awesome ride is open to both experienced male and female riders. The dirt option is for experienced mountain bike riders with high quality, well serviced bikes, and will challenge the most hardy of skilled riders with long, corrugated and sometimes sandy and dusty terrain. It is impossible to ride dirt the entire way, and we do our best to maximise dirt time.
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Event History

• The road ride was first run in 1997 with approximately 70 riders solo riding with no formal structure.
• Pack Riding was introduced in 1999 and this single adaptation changed the face of the ride permanently
• The two largest rides to date were held in 2004 & 2006 with some 240 riders, 120 support crew, 70 volunteers in each
• The Road Kill Catering Crew is a dedicated volunteer group of approximately 20 people. This unit is fully self contained and can feed up to 500 people utilising the equipment and resources already owned by the ride and now including two specialised catering trailers gained from a Community Benefit Gambling Fund Grant.
• Property owners across the North Queensland area donate beef. Numerous other individuals, businesses and farmers donate much of the food consumed during the ride.
• Over the 18 rides a number of international participants have taken part from locations including New Zealand, Finland, England, Ireland, Scotland, USA, Canada, Poland and Wales.

780km in 7 days, learn more about the Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride.


Tucked between Tropical North Queensland’s twin World Heritage features, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest, Cairns is a vibrant welcoming city with an all-year-round outdoor lifestyle.

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