Green Island has always been a firm family favourite for us at xplor4, as it undoubtedly has been for many thousands of years and peoples too. Hundreds of generations have marvelled at its beauty. Find out about this great spot and its new boardwalk. Plus watch as we go:
SWIMMING WITH SHARKS !!!
Not a bad spot for a picnic with a view. Plus a nice dirt drive or ride from Mothar Mountain too.
Its been a long long time since I got up to these higher elevated sections of the Noosa trail network and when I had the opportunity to be driven up for a ride down you can bet I took it. The new Noosatrails master plan should stir up some interest again on such sections. Sure a refresh of the interp and interactive options would improve visitor satisfaction.. Stay tuned here and ask away, anything trails or consulting related. email@example.com
Whos keen to take a tour with us through Woondum NP?
Lake Eacham is an ancient crater lake on the Tablelands. A top spot to explore when in Tropical North QLD, loved by locals and visitors alike, highly reccomended by xplor4 as a #1 nature exploration.
For our entire lifetimes we have been regulars at Lake Eacham, A firm favourite that always delivers. Its a special place well worth the journey. A few hours drive from Cairns or Port Douglas, with plenty of other interesting sights along the way (watch our next posts for more). Make this your must do in TNQ!
Luscious dense rainforest surrounds the lakes emerald clear depths. There is a surfaced walking trail around the entire lake, a few km of gently undulating shaded peace, allow at least an hour to enjoy it. And bring bathers because the biggest attraction is a soak and a swim. Averaging near 40M deep of shimmering sweet water, there are parts of the lake that descend a lot deeper! There is even a spooky real life mystery of a dead body resurfacing from those depths after years of disappearance despite navy diver searches and all!! Dont let that put you off. Get wet and we guarantee you will feel better because of it. We always do. We often Stand Up Paddle the lake too with our own boards however its just as amazing to simply swim or snorkel.
Local aborigine legends relate an Adam and Eve kind of story about how Lake Eacham came to be. Two young hunters interfered with the sacred flametree against the warnings of the elders, Angering the great deity 'Rainbow Serpent Yamini' so causing catastrophic ruptures in the earth that created the crater lakes. There is some nice interp onsite about the natural history, however we would love to see more. And of course link it to culture and discovering.
Lake Eacham, and in fact the other tabelands lakes too, definitely qualify as an aqua-trail potential location. And actually we do want to share them through our own maps and apps for any of you interested. Management and user groups alike. Just get in touch with xplor4.com through our online chat below right or comments, call us, or even firstname.lastname@example.org
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eMTB and machiato's
As summer bears down upon Australias East Coast, its been beach weather with plenty of board time for us here at xplor4. But behind the scenes theres a lot of development happening for trails and tours too.
As a consultancy and advocacy, for all kinds of outdoors activity. Its natural that xplor4 expands to incorporate new emerging activities like digitally augmented adventure touring,... and ebiking. The incredible explosion of high end ebiking in Europe and its reverbrations around the globe are something we wanted to examine at the source. Also as we are tragic two wheel addicts for a lifetime, and always admired Italian bikes, moto or pedal, from ducati to bianchi and so on... We didnt need to be asked twice to visit Italy to see whats happening in the exciting new growth sectors of ebikes and associated activity like ebike and eMTB tours!
So I put away our boards, picked up my helmet, and jumped on the longhaul to Europe.
Yes it was a great trip for R&D and riding. Lots learned and even more enjoyed. Italy has a lot of cool towns, trails,.. and bike culture. Getting about primarily by bike and augmenting our experiences with modern connectivity like mobile maptours proved many points we are passionate about at xplor4. Also the eMTB versatility was amazing! One day you tour Treviso for a full day and 50+k's, the next you commute to your appointments no sweat, and the next you tackle the Alpine trails, all on the same bike!!
It re-affirmed all the reasons we travel to Europe to investigate this r e-volution. All experience we will put to great use in Oz. To take advantage of this and all our expertise get in touch email@example.com
Ive been truly blessed with glorious weather for this trip, quite a bonus. Being there in the autumn turns out perfect for trail time too. Amazing colours, zero dust, hero dirt everywhere and a lot of awesome 'buffed by riding' singletrack. The feeling I got was that the user groups get along really well. With each other and also with the nature and caretakers. A lot like Australia but with perhaps even more tolerance and co-operation. Definitely things to share and benefit from...
Everywhere we took to the trails there were loads of hikers. And lots of mountain bikers. Both co-existing comfortably, I did NOT see any signage saying NO this and NO that, or shaking of fists or poles. I did see a mature happy community, everyone looking out for each other and smiling greetings. There was even quite a few mototrials groups out on their 2stroke trials bikes, trail riding together with all the other users! not many enduro mx'r though. I guess that they must have their own areas for flat out faster tracks and bigger obstacles. Hunters were prolific in one trail hub too! Nice to see all the different groups get along.
Back to the ebikes, or in this case eMTB. Because we are all about trails, but also because the high end e Mountain Bikes present the biggest growth segment and opportunities. If your not sure why write us and we can fill you in. For the meantime heres a quote from Eurobike 2018 eMTB conference:
The e-bike boom for bike tourism.
"For bicycle tourism, the e-bike is a disruptive technology at every level. But it is disruptive in a positive sense: the support that the electric motor provides to the rider makes bike tourism accessible to new target groups. In addition, the e-bike is making regions relevant to bike tourism that bike vacationers had left by the wayside in the past,” says Ulrike Saade, Managing Director of Velokonzept Saade GmbH. In addition, the digital transformation in bicycle tourism is acting as a catalyst for change. Also women and partners as an underestimated target group in bike tourism are catered to very well by eMTB. Swiss consulting firm Allegra Tourismus currently describes the wave of e-mountain bikes as a mega trend in the Alps."
And I can can see why. Whats not to love about being suddenly superhuman! Climb further faster higher, all for more of what we all love. We looked forward to the long uphill climbs, and being able to talk and laugh all the way up! Heres a vid of just that. Sorry no descent footage, my gopro packed it in but you can bet it was awesome!
Natural resource managers worldwide will have to manage this new phenomena on their turf, And xplor4 are at ground zero. Finding out how best to deal with this new wave. While we are in Italy I am very lucky to talk to managers in eMTB fleet rentals, and sales as well as other spinoff industry. I also get to try the very best eMTB bikes on the market myself. In fact I really see so much more of the local country and culture by expressly using the eMTB as my main means of enjoying European cities, towns,... and trails!!
While in Europe I took the opportunity to get qualified on some brose motor diagnostic procedures. Which is important considering the 15194 certification that is at the core of ebikes acceptance and integration worldwide. I also learned about the other levels out there like e-moto and saw first hand how these might complete the puzzle for legislators and the consumers. Exciting times!
I immersed myself in eMTB, as well as many expresso coffees and frozen gelato of course. I enjoyed the pizza, the camraderie and the culture. And one of the best takeaways from the trip was just how good a gateway ebikes are, to explore more, on the trails and in the towns. To save traffic and parking issues. And even as the seed of much needed change to low carbon lifestyles. With a fun high quality ebike, and potentially free solar fuel, who wouldnt want to get out on it more instead of burning carbon. So many initiatives to action. Get in touch to find out more firstname.lastname@example.org
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from xplor4.com
Long time ago in a forest far far away... Ewoks rode wild! ... No actually its the much cuter still T'man and R'girl, our xplor4 family finding some good trailtime together on our home turf circa 2009. And a great trip to Buller before it got famous, with Robby Williams. My custom pegz setup got so much love. I custom fabricated the pegz from my old windsurf boomclamps, and full length seatpads for the groms to get them in the groove. Got to say its great to see my original invention now so widespread and well used. Like all the awesome stuff Ive pioneered theres a real buzz in seeing others get onboard. So many kids are rocking pegz of all sorts with mum and dad these days. And they end up riding really RAD! No I never patented or commercialized my invention. But super stoked to see it bring so much joy!
Well as the season changes we also change the game up, and are presently busy mapping out exciting new paths and directions. One of the great things about being immersed in the outdoor lifestyle, is constant inspiration and amazing new perspectives. Particularly how interconnected low impact water and land activities are. To serve that connection we are exploring a raft of new goodies and services for xplor4. Get in touch to find out more email@example.com
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We love summer! Warmer, longer days dripping with sunshine and sparkling water. And lots more incentive to get wet every week. Sharing sup sessions with family and friends, perhaps even all together on the one board if you borrow our big sup! Bring the tribe and just add water.
Yes this board is available for tours and hire. Check out our bigboard tours here
Yes you can get a guide to go with you, and yes we welcome wheelchairs too!
This weekend we have a social, FREE to join, just book, everyones welcome.
Bring along your whole crew for fun times.. just add water. www.xplor4.com
On the water, xplor4 is your center to test out all the new redpaddle boards back to back! The perfect paddling spot, a full complement of boards, sizes and models, and all the best advice as well.
FREE 1st session for up to 1.5 hours by advance appointment, at Noosa on the sunshine coast. It really is a paddling paradise, so many options year round, even great coffee right 'on the water'! We can also go through setting up, packing down and everything else re redpaddle. Hire boards and advice on paddle routes are also available if you want to venture further and longer. All you have to do is get here and get ready for a great time!
Groups welcome, Early starts are fine, bigboard multiperson sup is available* too if book ahead. And theres plenty for non paddlers to do too. What are you waiting for, give us a call or msg, and we will see you 'on the water'