Ride the Spit
So what would you do on Australia Day? OK I cannot possibly guess that one, but I certainly know what I did and why. Yes I love cycling no matter the bike. . . why? simply it’s the freedom, there is just something liberating and healthy about cycling, especially when you get to ride with new and old friends and immerse yourself into the fabric of a stunning environment like “The Spit.”
The Spit is an absolute jewel that lays at the heart of any Main Beach experience. Now when I refer to the word “experience” I am highlighting the wind in your hair, and the warm rays of sunshine that bath your soul, lifting you to a place beyond yourself. This is the reality of the Main Beach Experience, whether you are a local or a visitor . . . and its free. . . all you need is a bike and a ‘Willing and Open’ attitude, the rest will take care of itself.
A heads up on what to expect
- There is coffee at both ends. At the start finish line there is the Southport Surf Life Saving Clubs Pavilion Cafe and Kiosk which serves a fantastic Merlo coffee blend and of course a great range of food that you would expect from a classic (and timeless) Australia beach experience.
- Water fountains and showers almost the entire length of the track
- Toilets and showers are at both ends
- The track has two surfaces with wide concrete paths from the Surf Club to the Seaworld section and after that is a well maintained tight sandy/gravel surface which offers two routes through the Federation Walk which has been impressively developed to be a natural wildlife habitat. Yes you will see a lot of bird life on the way, which is sure to entertain. Also chances are high that dolphins will light the ocean views, and of course the whales are a regular as they migrate twice a year.
- When you emerge out of the foliage at the Northern end of the track you will magically arrive into the Seaway which is a bustling water wonderland of activity with Yachts, Launches, Prawn Trawlers, Jet Skis, Surfers, outriggers canoes and a lot more. It is so energising and invigorating. On the other side of the Seaway is the Southern end of Stradbroke Island which offers another whole adventure in itself.
- There is a loop road around the Seaway end of the Spit which is well worth the effort offering views back to Labrador and Runaway Bay in the North.
- The Seaway Kiosk is your age old classic beach dinning experience, just like those grand old beach Holiday parks we all used to enjoy. Kerry and Neil the owners are in the process of modernising the Cafe in a way that preserves the timeless heritage. Grab a coffee, burger ice-cream or milkshake, actually it has a ton of eating and liquid refreshment options. It’s also worth noting that Kerry and Neil have also owned and operated Tedder Avenues ‘Domanis Italian Restaurant’ for nearly 30 years, so make sure you check that out as well.
Interested in this ride as a group?
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