On Sunday 18th June 2023, DORC will host a social ride along the old Darwin to Adelaide River rail trail. This ride will be mostly along the old historic rail trail with some sections of 4wd trails and bitumen roads from Darwin River Tavern to Banyan Tree Caravan Park, Rum Jungle, return.
The distance for this ride will be approximately 70km in total. We estimate the overall duration will be about 4-5 hours of riding time. Departure will be from Darwin River Tavern at 7:30am sharp. Riders are expected to be ready to leave on time. Car parking will be on the right hand side as you enter the gate to Darwin River Tavern.
You will need to have the fitness and endurance to be able to complete this ride under your own steam. There isn’t much in between Darwin River and Rum Jungle. Being an old rail trail the terrain is mostly flat. There is the odd culvert where the bridges are no longer useable and we will need to ride around them. There is also some rocky four wheel drive track to negotiate.
If you wish to go one way, then you will need to make your own arrangements for pick up from the Banyan Tree Caravan park, Rum Jungle. If you are in doubt about your ability to complete this ride then the half ride option might be your best choice. Otherwise, there will be an overnight trip later in the year.
Keeping in mind that there is not much between these two places riders will need to be self sufficient for this activity. You will need, plenty of water, spare tube, pump/co2, puncture repair kit, tyre levers, bike tool etc. You may also like to bring some snacks along for the ride. It is essential that you thoroughly check your bike for any possible mechanical issues prior to the ride.
There is a shop at Rum Jungle Caravan Park and the plan is to have a rest and something light to eat there, before heading back to Darwin River Tavern and having lunch. We expect to return to Darwin River Tavern around 1-2pm – a bit earlier if possible. The kitchen at Darwin River Tavern is open all day for meals.
For more information email darwinoffroadcyclists@