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Cycle Touring in Australia

A website for independent bicycle tourists
travelling in Australia

Welcome to Rob Taggart's cycle touring website – a personal, non-commercial site containing information for cycle tourists travelling in Australia.

I have cycled each of the tours listed on the left-hand side and endeavour to maintain up-to-date information on each of these routes. For a brief summary of each tour, either mouse-over the tour name on the navigation panel or view a summary of all tours on one page.

I am gradually adding to and updating these pages. If you have any queries, feedback or corrections, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Brindabellas

Brindabella Cycle Tour

Cycle through the beautiful high country surrounding the Brindabella Ranges. Covering some of the best dirt road touring in Namadgi and Kosciuszko National Parks, this tour offers regular vistas of the northern Australian alps, and beneath them, sweeping plains that are home to Australia's iconic brumbies and historic high country huts. The highlight of the trip is camping by the spectacular limestone gorge at Blue Waterholes, Australia's largest karst spring.

Distance: 273km
Days: 4
Road surface: Over 160km unsealed road, much of which is fire trail.
Difficulty: Hard. Almost 5000m ascent.
Accommodation: Camping with primitive or no amentities
Accessible from: Canberra
Passing through: Canberra, Tharwa, Yaouk, Blue Waterholes, Brindabella Valley, Canberra.

Fish River

Cycling the Central Tablelands of NSW

If hills don't phase you, then this is an excellent region for cycle touring. Only a few hours by train from Sydney, expect to find a good mixture of forests, open farmland, rugged escarpments, rolling hills, historic villages and vibrant country towns. A variety of tours ranging in length from 1 to 8 days is given.

Summary for the Grand Tour
Distance: 492km for the Grand Tour. The abridged version is 115km shorter.
Days: 6 to 8.
Road surface: Mininum 28km (maximum 89km) of unsealed road (suitable for a hybrid).
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult. Hilly with several steady long climbs.
Accommodation: Full range of accommodation, including bush camping, caravan parks, pub stays, B&B.
Accessible from: Sydney
Passing through: Mt Victoria, Lithgow, Bathurst, Orange, Oberon, Kanangra Walls, Jenolan Caves.

Narooma

Canberra to the Coast Cycle Tour

A classic route from Australia's capital to the beautiful south coast of New South Wales. The first two stages of this tour follow quiet roads over the southern tablelands and through the picturesque Araluen Valley to Moruya. The third stage explores the beautiful forest and coastal scenery between Moruya and Narooma while avoiding unpleasant traffic along the Princess Highway.

Distance: 172km to the coast. An additional 50km to Narooma.
Days: 2 to 4.
Road surface: At least 70km of unsealed road (suitable for a hybrid).
Difficulty: Moderate. No long hard climbs.
Accommodation: Full range of accommodation, including bush camping, caravan parks, pub stays, B&B.
Accessible from: Canberra
Passing through: Canberra, Queanbeyan, Captains Flat, Araluen, Moruya, Narooma.

Capertee Valley

Wollemi Cycle Tour

This tour explores the valleys lying on the western boundary of the Wollemi wilderness. If you love rugged escarpments, then this trip is as close as you will get to paradise. With a night by the enchanting Dunn's swamp, the novelty of passing through the Glow Worm Tunnel, excellent campsites and outstanding scenery, this is probably the best tour I have done in New South Wales.

Distance: 442km
Days: 6 (there are also 3, 4 and 5 day variations)
Road surface: 103km of unsealed road (suitable for a hybrid)
Difficulty: Moderate - one long steep climb. Some route variations require up to three days of self-sufficiency
Accommodation: Official campsites, some with good amenities; pub/farmstays possible
Accessible from: Sydney, Newcastle
Passing through: Bell, Newnes, Capertee, Glen Davis, Dunn's Swamp, Rylstone, Bylong, Widden Valley, Muswellbrook

Sheba Dam

New England Ranges and Tablelands Cycle Tour

A cycle through the sparsely populated slopes, ranges and tablelands of New England and surrounding districts. Overnight camping at Timor's unspoiled limestone caves, by the historic dams of Hanging Rock, overlooking the spectacular Apsley River gorge and amidst magnificent stands of forest by Doyle's River are among the highlights.

Distance: 420km
Days: 5 or more
Road surface: Long sections of unsealed road (suitable for a hybrid)
Difficulty: Hard - some long climbs, isolated cycling, rough surfaces
Accommodation: Official campsites without full amenities
Accessible from: Sydney, Newcastle
Passing through: Muswellbrook, Timor, Nundle, Hanging Rock, Walcha, Mt Seaview, Elands, Wingham, Taree

Scenery near Frazer Beach

Central Coast and Lake Macquarie Cycle Tour

Beaches, lakes, pelicans, cafés, parklands and bushland. With much of the route along off-road foreshore cycle paths and featuring very few hills, this is an ideal introduction to the pleasures of cycle touring.

Distance: 103km
Days: 2 to 6
Road surface: Sealed roads and bike paths
Difficulty: Easy - a great tour for beginners
Accommodation: Motels/hotels and/or caravan parks and official campsites
Accessible from: Sydney, Newcastle
Passing through: Tuggerah, The Entrance, Budgewoi, Swansea, Belmont, Warners Bay, Toronto, Fassifern

Brooklyn

Hawkesbury River Cycle Tour

Possibly the best option for a long weekend cycle trip in the Sydney basin, this tour of the Hawkesbury River offers peaceful cycling with very few hills. And the scenery is superb!

Distance: 145km
Days: 1 to 4
Road surface: Mostly sealed
Difficulty: Easy to moderate - mostly flat with two climbs
Accommodation: Motels/hotels and/or caravan parks
Accessible from: Sydney
Passing through: Windsor, Wilberforce, Sackville Ferry, Wisemans Ferry, Spencer, Mangrove Mountain, Peats Ridge, Mount White, Brooklyn

Bogong High Plains

Victorian Alps Cycle Tour

A seven day tour along the highest roads in Australia, this beautiful route is for those who love mountains and don't mind cycling up them. There are plenty of attractive country towns to relax in after a hard cycle, and the tour ends by rolling along the peaceful Wangaratta-Bright Rail Trail.

Distance: 426km
Days: 6 to 9
Road surface: Unsealed for 30km along the Bogong High Plains Road (to be sealed in 2009)
Difficulty: Hard - expect several long climbs
Accommodation: Motels/hotels and/or caravan parks and camping - a tent is recommended
Accessible from: Sydney, Melbourne
Passing through: Albury, Lake Hume, Gundowring, Mt Beauty, Falls Creek, Bogong High Plains, Omeo, Mt Hotham, Bright, Myrtleford, Beechworth, Wangaratta

Seaman's Hut

Bondi to Kosciuszko Cycle Tour

From Australia's most famous beach to Australia's highest mountain, this tour takes in some spectacular coastal scenery, views of rugged escarpments, rolling pastureland and some of the country's best alpine cycling.

Distance: 658km
Days: 6 to 9
Road surface: Sealed except for a 9km fire trail to Kosciuszko
Difficulty: Hard - expect several long climbs
Accommodation: Motels/hotels and/or caravan parks and wild camping
Accessible from: Sydney, Canberra, Wollongong
Passing through: Sydney (Bondi Beach), Royal National Park, Sublime Point (Wollongong), Bowral, Goulburn, Bungendore, Queanbeyan, Cooma, Jindabyne, Charlotte Pass, Mt Kosciuszko

Vineyard at Broke

Wellington to Wyong Cycle Tour

Cycle from the central west to the central coast of New South Wales. This tour passes through peaceful grazing land, the Goulburn River Valley, wine country in the Hunter Valley, and historic villages along part of the old convict road. It takes the state's easiest cycling route over the Great Dividing Range. The final section of the tour offers some excellent two or three day touring routes based around Sydney and the Central Coast.

Distance: 383km
Days: 4 or 5
Road surface: Only 2km unsealed
Difficulty: Moderate
Accommodation: Motels/hotels/B&B and/or caravan parks and wild camping
Accessible from: Sydney
Passing through: Wellington, Gulgong, Merriwa, Sandy Hollow, Broke, Wollembi, Wyong
Variations: Cycle through the Goulburn River Valley via Bylong. End the tour at Toronto, Brooklyn or Windsor.