Rain­for­est thrillseek­ers, this is for you

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Scott Tib­balls

VIS­I­TORS to Cape Tribu­la­tion now have the op­tion of cruis­ing around the rain­for­est on elec­tric moun­tain bikes thanks to start up busi­ness Freeride Elec­tric Ad­ven­ture Tours.

Jor­dan Rogers started the busi­ness as a way to open up more of the rain­for­est to vis­i­tors. “What re­ally drove me to get the busi­ness go­ing was that mar­ket where I knew that peo­ple weren’t get­ting to see as much as they wanted to, and I knew there were prop­er­ties in the area that had that stuff to of­fer that weren’t be­ing used,” he said.

With five sea­sons worth of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing at Jun­gle Surf­ing at Cape Tribu­la­tion, and 10 years in the tourism in­dus­try, Mr Rogers said he could see the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to of­fer an ex­pe­ri­ence some­where be­tween a board­walk or a guided tour and a full-on six hour hike up Mount Sor­row.

The elec­tric moun­tain bikes make easy work of what could oth­er­wise be an ex­haust­ing ped­dle around a 6km track be­hind Ma­son’s Cafe, de­pend­ing on your re­la­tion­ship with bikes.

The bikes are the same as any other moun­tain bike – they just have the added bonus of in­creas­ing your ef­fort by up to 300 per cent.

If you’re a bike rider the learn­ing curve is gen­tle – all you have to do is get used to the amount of power the bikes put out with each ped­dle.

The guided tour takes rid­ers through re­growth rain­for­est and up into old-growth rain­for­est in the hills be­hind the pop­u­lar Ma­sons Cafe, where the ride is based.

The large prop­erty owned by the Ma­son fam­ily is home to plenty of wild an­i­mals for vis­i­tors to see and learn about.

Freeride Elec­tric Ad­ven­ture Tours is based at Ma­son’s Cafe at Cape Tribu­la­tion.

For a book­ing, call 4098 0043.

A tour costs $75 per per­son.

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