Getting to Paluma

Access to Paluma is via the Bruce Highway, heading north from the city of Townsville.

The turn-off to Paluma is located approximately 67 kilometres north of Townsville. The Paluma village is located approximately 18 kilometres from the highway turn-off, via a mountainous range. Whilst the drive to Paluma is not difficult, caution must be exercised given the nature of the winding mountain roads.

 

Townsville Paluma Map

Travel Times

Townsville to Paluma is 90 minutes driving (one and a half hours).

Paluma to Hidden Valley is approximately 25km along a bitumen / dirt road. There will be another 500 drivers on the road as well as you all going to the same place, so you need to allow 40 minutes driving time each way. Make sure you allow enough time so you don't miss the race briefing or race start.

Ingham to Paluma is 90 minutes driving (one and a half hours).

THE ROAD IN TO PALUMA WILL BE CLOSED AT THE DAM TURNOFF WILL BE CLOSED BY THE POLICE AT 8:30AM UNTIL 10:00AM.

THIS IS AFTER THE LAST RIDER LEAVES PALUMA
IF YOU DO NOT GET BACK TO PALUMA FROM HIDDEN VALLEY BEFORE THE CLOSURE YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO START THE RACE!

 

Getting Back to Paluma

Car Shuffle

If you don't have a driver who can pick you up at Hidden Valley after the event, or you missed out on a bus transfer, you need to arrange a car shuffle.

  • First Option: Drive 2 cars to Hidden Valley and leave one there. Then drive back to Paluma in time for the start. That gives you a car at Hidden Valley to get you and your bikes back to Paluma after the event.

 

  • Second Option: Team up with some others and all take your cars to Hidden Valley. Then have one car drive you all back to Paluma for the race start. It is best to unload your bikes and gear at Paluma before you head off for Hidden Valley.

 

  • Third Option: Leave your car at Paluma and arrange with someone for a lift back to Paluma after presentations to pick up your car. Then drive back to Hidden Valley to collect your gear.

 

  • Fourth Option: Leave your car at Paluma, ride the race and after the event, ride back to Paluma.

Bus Transfer

To get you and your bike from Hidden Valley back to Paluma.

NUMBERS ARE LIMITED

Bus Transfer has to be booked at time of race registration at an additional cost of $15 per person. A bike trailer will be towed behind the bus to transfer each passenger's bike. Riders will be responsible for ensuring their bike is secured to the trailer with rope provided.

Bus Time Table: Sunday (Race Day)
Departs Hidden Valley Cabins

7:15 am - Arrives at Paluma at 8:00am.

12:00 pm - Arrives at Paluma 12:45pm, in time for you to get back to Hidden Valley for presentations at 2:00pm.

1:35 pm - Arrives at Paluma at 2:15pm. You will miss presentations.

3:10 pm- Arrives at Paluma at 3:45pm.