Photo © Rulan Cadiogan
Every year our transport survey tells us that an average of 3 people per car come over to the Island for the festival. We think this is pretty neat but would like to radically alter the fossil fueled transport 'norm' and encourage a healthier (and cheaper) alternative- cycling!
Audience transport traditionally accounts for 70-80% of the carbon emissions of the festival, so instead of offsetting and forgetting, we're making some changes to our festival to encourage people to arrive by bicycle and avoid producing those high emissions in the first place.
So reduce your eco footprint to a skinny tyre track and enjoy the many benefits of riding with your friends from Brisbane, Dunwich Ferry Terminal or even your campsite for another stellar edition of Island Vibe Festival! It's super EASY, HEALTHY, SEXY & SAVES THE PLANET!
☞ A fully supported group will ride from Brisbane to the island with free luggage transport to and from the festival, with a convenient early luggage drop-off point. The Group Ride will take place on the Friday morning (27th). It will be led by our Bike Guy and supported by an accompanying vehicle transporting a first aid kit, spares, tools, pump and a bunch of snacks!
A second luggage transport service will be arranged for self-supported cyclists arriving directly to Dunwich, where they will be able to drop off their luggage for collection and ride unhindered across the Island! This means you and your trusty steed can say goodbye to the city and make a real adventure all the way to Straddie. At 60kms one way from West End this would get your heart pumping.
Don't want to or can't ride all the way from Brisbane/Byron/wherever you live? Leave your luggage with us in Brisbane and pop your bike on the train to Cleveland, or drive to the ferry terminal and park your car for free for the whole week-end! Then continue the journey onto the ferry and cover 17kms (one way) over to Home Beach on the island.
☞ Massive savings on ferry costs!! Put it this way: getting you car on the vehicle ferry return is $180 ($144 with the ferry discount), while your pushbike travels free of charge! So it simply comes down to $10 return per adult on the vehicle ferries (which don't connect with the island bus service) or $20 return per adult on the water taxi (which does connect with the bus, however the bus fare is an additional cost)! For water taxi, no booking required, however spaces for bicycles on each service are limited to about 20.
☞ Communal space for cyclists at the Adder Rock campground with a cold place to store your beer and food, and a chill area to share your cycling adventures!
☞ No hassle parking! Vehicle parking is extremely limited at the festival site, but there is bike rack availabe at the main gate for cyclists.
Pssst... You can even get between your Adder Rock campsite and the festival via the beach at low tide!
For more details, please express your interest by emailing our Bike Guy at rideyourbike [at] islandvibe.com.au or post on the Island Vibe Community Facebook page.
Not convinced yet?
Just let Rulan (31) tell you about her own experience riding with her little family from Dunwich to Adder Rock Campground for Island Vibe 2016. With her husband Calum (29) and their two kids Kearli (4) and Jonas (2), they drove up from Katoomba (Blue Mountains), where they were living at the time, left their car at the free ferry car park in Cleveland and then rode across the Island!!
"Do it! It is a beautiful and rewarding ride. We did it with our kids so it was important that we felt safe, and we did. The festival made it so easy, and it is an awesome way to explore the island. I would suggest doing the ride in the morning, before it gets too hot. You don't need to be that fit, there are a few hills but at the end of them but you are rewarded with an awesome view that you can savour because your not just speeding past it in a car.
Part of doing the ride was doing it for our kids. They love the outdoors and they are so much calmer when they are outside. After our 2 day drive from the Blue Mountains we knew a ride would be the best thing for them. Hearing their squeals of delight when we rode down hills added to the whole experience. As far as kids at the festival, we camped next to the playground so every morning they were outside playing with other kids. They totally loved the experience!
The reason we went to Island Vibes in the first place is we were in the car and our local radio station played some reggae tunes and the kids were going crazy in the back dancing. When the radio host said "and those last two bands will be playing at Island Vibe Festival" we both just knew we had to go, even though we knew nothing about it. The facilities at the camp ground also made it so easy. We are used to roughing it out in the bush so it was pure luxury, and made it so much more easier on the kids to have warm water and flushing toilets. There were also so many kids at the festival, it was great! I would totally do it again! "
The Tune-Up Tent returns to the festival for spares, repairs and cycling wares!
Situated outside the festival entrance, next to the box office, the Tune-Up Tent will be running throughout the festival (26-29 October) and our Bike Guy will provide basic repairs and maintenance.
Once again there will be a fleet of adult and kids bikes available for hire to use around the Island and at the adjacent skate park.
You can also hire bikes on the Island from: http://www.straddiesupersports.com.au/hire.html
For further cycling information check out: http://www.redland.qld.gov.au/RecreationFacilities/Cycling/Pages/CyclingIslands.aspx