page will hopefully provide information of travellers wanting to
explore the New South Wales South Coast by camping, Couchsurfing, cycling
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website provides the route from the south to the north
is a beautiful journey along some great coastline with fabulous beaches
and national parks.
The Princes Highway from Melbourne goes through eastern Victoria (known
as Gippsland) and then up the NSW south coast. There are lots of pretty
spots along the NSW coast but for most of the way the highway goes a
little way inland so using public transport makes it very difficult
to appreciate the beaches and coastal scenery.
While the road up the NSW south coast highway goes through pleasant
scenery unless you can get to the coastal routes it’s not what
I would call spectacular as it is mainly through forests. You really
do need to take the coastal scenic routes.
The Gippsland drive is through open farming country to Lakes Entrance
from Melbourne and then largely typical southern Australian timbered
country to the NSW border. The only place you touch the coast is at
Lakes Entrance or taking a detour at Orbost to Cape Conran and also
you are coming by bus along the Princes Highway without access to car/campervan
travel it won't be such a scenic journey.
There are many opportunities to camp along the way - below in the details
you will find suggestions
and you might also look at this
link as well
There are free tourist maps available at the Visitor Centres along the
route. Easy to pick up, easy to use. The free maps are detailed enough
to use them as a routemap for cyclist. The free maps are free because
of the advertisements surrounding the map. They are actually quite handy
if you don’t have a guide with camping sites with you. It is not
one big map but split into the different regions of NSW. There is also
a free map of East-Gippsland in Victoria.(Dirk-Jaap and Veerle)
are various app for on your mobile device.
We used the ‘Campin Australia’ app which can also be used
offline.(Dirk-Jaap and Veerle)
from the Victorian Border:
Above: Mallacoota to Merimbula
area is called the Sapphire Coast - they have a good website here
Eden and Cann River there is no place to pick up fresh water so make
sure you stock enough drinking water.
(Dirk-Jaap and Veerle)
is a nice town and worthy of a visit
Mallacoota has a beautiful shared trail which meanders along the shore
of the magnificant lake from the centre of the village all the way to
beginning of the walking track into the Narrows. The trail is flat and
wide and has many benches on the way for a restful break (bird watching,
taking pictures and watching the sun set). It is suitable for walking
and cycling for people of all ages and fitness levels. This is an experience
not to be missed.
Bike Trails And Paddling Around Mallacoota
From Malacoota to Eden there
are a few hills on the way here which you won't mind as you get
some relief on the downhill. There isn't any real excitement and
the picnic spots are unexciting..
Average speed :17.2 km per hr
max speed 44.5
ride time 5hr 1 min
day distance 86.98 km source
On the way to Eden you can turn off to go to Edrom
To get to Edrom is a pain in the arse - the road goes on forever up
and down so if you are cycling don't bother
If you are driving then when you arrive you will find a little cove
that is beside a very UGLY wharf - i recommend NOT going to the Edrom
cove and waiting until you get to Quarantine Bay a little north
There are however some excellent
walks in this area if you want to camp nearby.
Just before Eden
you will see Quarantine Bay - this is an absolute MUST stopping place
and is a good place for toilets, a shower, water, a stroll on the
beach, a swim and you could camp overnight here if you are very descreet.
Eden a boring port
town and not worth a stay however there are things to see and do there
before moving on.
Instead of staying in Eden move a little further along to Merimbula
which has a great ocean swimming/surfing beach, and is also a major
holiday town with plenty of accommodation and places to see nearby.
Just make sure at Merimbula you get off the main highway and instead
follow the coastal road to Tathra and Bermagui (which are also very
good places to stop, if you don't fancy Merimbula - both have accommodation,
and Tathra has a great beach and good places to eat).
There is a great
walk called the Light To Light Walk
Lightstation provides an important insight into local maritime history.Take
a full day walk or two hour stroll along the 30km Light to Light Walk
between Boyd’s Tower and Green Cape Lightstation. Nearby Boyd’s
Tower is historic Davidson Whaling Station where relics and plaques
recapture the atmosphere of that bygone era.Access to the northern section
of the park is via Haycock Road which leaves the Princes Highway, 8km
north of Eden. Access to the southern section is via Edrom Road, turning
off the Princes Highway, 18km south of Eden.Enquire at the Eden Visitors’
Centre for comprehensive information and maps.
Along the boardwalk
- Curalo Lake:
Total length is about 2 km, all level. The boardwalk is about 2.4m wide
and follows the shoreline around Curalo Lake. There is abundant birdlife
and views around Eden. You can cross to Aslings Beach Road and cycle
the walkway beside the beach.
The trail is accessible by prams, bicycles and assisted wheelchairs
and is flat with only two very slight inclines. Dogs on leads are welcome
The path itself alternates
between a charming raised timber boardwalk and wide gravel pathway,
making its way from Aslings Beach in the middle of town, to the quiet
stillness of the lake shore, and on through eucalypt forest, salt marsh
and grass land to the lake mouth. There are viewing platforms, tables
and rest stops along the way, so take a light picnic or a thermos to
enjoy while you soak up the views.
Birdlife is abundant, you
can almost set your watch off the pelicans afternoon flight each day.
Out on the water and on the shoreline you can see Little Pied Cormorants,
Black Swans, White Faced Herons, while the bushland is home to Rosellas,
Lorikeets, Fairy Wrens and more.
Into North Ben Boyd
From Eden ride along the Princes Highway north out of Eden for 8km.
The ride on the highway has a very challenging steep hill called Bellbird
Hill. You could skip this bit if you’re feeling lazy and park
at the turnoff to Ben Boyd National Park. From the turnoff the ride
is 6km, nearly all slightly downhill on unsealed roads to Haycock Point
(don’t forget that on the way back it’s all slightly uphill).
The reward at the end is the view from Haycock Point (300m walk) over
Pambula, Merimbula, Mt Imlay and Montague Island on a good day. There
are toilets here and a tank with some water.
Pambula to Tathra
Above Tathra to Bermagui
- Tathra Wildlife Reserve
- The small parking area is on the western side of the road at the entrance
to Tathra (Bega side). This 60 hectare wildlife corridor has prolific
birdlife and an abundance of native flora. The Blueberry Ash Trail is
particularly entrancing, leading through coastal forest then under a
canopy of oaks where leaves and pine needles carpet the forest floor.
Across a small bridge and up to a viewing platform which overlooks a
timbered ravine where the only sound is the wind in the treetops and
the crack of a Whip Bird. An easy walk (3/4 hour) on a well constructed
trail. A map is located at the carpark
- Tathra Wharf - A top fishing
and scuba diving spot. Parking can be a problem and a popular alternative
is to continue past the Wharf Road turnoff and park on the Tathra Headland
with its spectacular views. To the north, views embrace the majority
of the Mimosa Rocks National Park, and yes, that sign at the end of
the road is correct! Heavy seas washed away the original road down to
the Wharf during the 1950’s and two men were drowned. The road
can be used as a walking track to the Wharf although it is rough. Stairs
are located on the headland directly above the Wharf. The Tathra Wharf
has a small maritime museum upstairs, in the original cargo sheds.
take the coast road to Bermagui
Road is fully sealed, easily accessible.
Please note that most bridges are single lane. Be prepared to give way
to south-bound traffic
to Tathra, about 5 km, lies Kalaru. It has a nice camping (http://www.countrysidepark.com.au/)
with an onsite shop. It is also a bit cheaper than the sites in Tathra
(Dirk-Jaap and Veerle)
The 44 kilometre coast road from Tathra to Bermagui is one of the great
coastal drives. The road passes between a continuous stretch of national
parks, state forests and magnifcent sandy beaches.
Immediately north of Tathra
the drive takes you through the Mimosa Rocks National Park past five
turn-offs to the beaches and bush camping grounds.
The northern-most campground
is at Aragunnu which features the Mimosa Rocks, a formation of massive
blocks of volcanic rock named after the SS Mimosa which was wrecked
there in 1863.
The beach is superb for
walking, swimming, and surfing. There's a boardwalk from the parking
and camping areas to the Mimosa Rocks.It crosses an Aboriginal midden
that overlooks the beach.
The area was important
for Aboriginal people because of the fresh water creeks running through
the costal bush, the diversity of plants and animals, and the plentiful
seafood. Middens are built up from the remains of meals discarded
over thousands of years. They comprise mostly shellfish remains as
well as the bones of fish, birds, and land and sea mammals.
They are usually near a
supply of fresh water and where there is plenty of shellfish - and
on a good spot to sit down for a meal.
And Aragunnu has plenty
of good spots that are a part of thousands of years of Aboriginal
It's estimated that Aboriginal
people have occupied the area for around 25,000 years, and that the
sea level has been at its current point for around 6,000 years.
Sitting there in the peace
of the coastal vegetation while listening to the sounds of the birds
and the surf and contemplating that extraordinary history provides
a powerful connection with Aboriginal culture.
The NSW National Parks
and Wildlife Service maintains 50 camping sites spread out among the
The sites are good for
tent camping or in vans, but not suitable for caravans, motorhomes,
Be prepared for a possible
visit from a goanna, and remember to store your food away.
You need to bring your
own water and also firewood if you want to use the provided fireplaces.
Note that it is illegal
to gather firewood from a National Park. However, a gas barbecue is
provided in the picnic area.
Non-flush toilets are provided.
NPWS categorise disability
access as easy, but the beach is not accessible for wheelchairs.
Aragunnu is generally regarded
as a magical place and well worth a visit.
Rocks National Park
Remember to take your own drinking water and $1 coins for the gas BBQ’s.
Much of the area was originally State Forest as can be seen by the stand
of beautiful Spotted Gums. The National Park was named after the ‘SS
Mimosa’ which was wrecked on rocks which can be seen from Aragunnu,
an Aboriginal sacred site inside the park.
Rocks National Park are some stunning beaches:
• Nelsons Beach - Have a BBQ or picnic amongst the Spotted Gums
and Burrawong Palms. The lagoon offers excellent snorkelling.
• Middle Beach - Popular picnic spot with good shallow swimming.
Remember, these beaches are not patrolled. There is a pleasant walk
south along the sandspit which closes off Middle Lagoon from the sea.
The unknown shipwreck
A mysterious wrecked sailing ship can still be seen occasionally after
heavy seas on Nelsons Beach. The schooner of about 70 tons was discovered
in 1859 by the captain of the SS Mimosa bottom up and loaded with
cedar logs. No survivors or owners were ever discovered.
Big George Nelson, the pistol-carrying drover… The area from
the Bega River to Wapengo and inland to near Bega was originally known
as Nelsons. George Nelson was a drover who came to the area in 1846.
He was a big man who wore a brace of pistols at all times and was
much feared by the Aboriginals. He disappeared and it was local belief
that he was murdered.
• Gillards Beach - Popular as a camping and picnic spot, Gillards
also offers excellent fishing.
• Bithry Inlet - The beach and foreshore walk between Bithry
Inlet and Middle Beach includes striking blades and shafts of secondary
ironstone which have been exposed by erosion, leaving bizarre vertical
• Aragunnu - Camping and picnic area. Park under the shady
trees and walk along the boardwalk to the sea to view the massive
rounded stones of volcanic rock.
• Moon Bay - A small, secluded beach only a short walk from
How Moon Bay got its name… The first white child born in the
Bega Valley, Caroline Moon, was born here when her parents landed
with a flock of sheep en route from Camden near Sydney, to Kameruka
Estate inland at Candelo.
Just south of Bermagui is Cuttagee Beach. At the northern end of the
beach Cuttagee Lake, adjacent to the bridge, provides shallow water
Pick handles for the troops...
Although the river mouth is now silted up, in the 1800’s sailing
vessels of up to 90ft sailed up the river for loading. The southern
end of Cuttagee Beach was the site of a steam powered sawmill which,
during World War I, produced pick handles from Spotted Gum. The troops
at Gallipoli used these for digging their trenches.
Michael Lerner Lookout
A BBQ area with picnic tables and small viewing platform with great
coastal views. Photographers will particularly enjoy this spot.
A record holder...
Michael Lerner was a friend of Zane Grey, and is renowned as the only
person to have hooked and landed two Blue Marlin simultaneously
Beach, Mimosa Rocks National Park to Bermagui - Click here
Wapengo and Picnic Point, Mimosa Rocks National Park to Bermagui
- Click here
Bermagui - Spend some time investigating
the natural wonders of this small coastal township: Blue Pool
The entrance to the carpark is right opposite the water tower and the
pool is reached via a staircase from the parking area. This large spectacular
swimming pool, plus the small pool for the children, has been a favourite
with locals for many years. On a clear day the reflecting sapphire blue
sky accounts for the name.
Originally called the Blue Hole and only half its present size, locals
enlarged and improved it to its present standard in the 1940’s,
rock being blasted and then removed by wheelbarrow to be dumped in the
sea. The small pool was constructed and dressing sheds built at the
top of the stairs at the same time.
has a bike shop. Nice guy, originally from Hungary, running a bikeshop
from his garage. It is not in the center of town so you better ask a
local where it is.(Dirk-Jaap
Bermagui take the coast road towards Narooma via Wallaga Lake
also Bermagui to Camel Rock and Wallaga Lake - Click here
- Dickinson Park Dickinson
Park was known as Zane Grey Park, for the American author who camped
on the headland and enjoyed the Australian country life between his
fishing trips. Zane Grey’s magazine articles put Bermagui on the
map as a big game fishing venue and the Caravan Park still carries his
The park however was re-named for philanthropist Bill Dickinson. He
came to Bermagui in 1935 on a one day trip. It is said he walked around
the township and visited the cemetery where he noticed that most people
had lived until their eighties. He always said this was the reason he
decided to live in Bermagui. He resided at the Horseshoe Bay Hotel for
15 years. Community fundraising always received pound for pound donations
from Mr Dickinson. He assisted in the building of many local facilities,
and is credited with having had the many Norfolk Pines planted. He died
in 1950 aged 82.
Dickinson Park is an ideal spot to sit and watch the fishing boats return
to harbour, savour a feast of Bermagui’s famous fish’n’chips,
or just enjoy the spectacular view.
- The Freshwater Lagoon
Opposite Coluga Street on the northern entrance to Bermagui, this was
once a deep salt water lagoon. It sealed itself from the sea following
dredging of the mouth for gravel. The lagoon then dried up completely
during the 1980’s drought but has refilled with fresh rainwater
since. It is now a habitat for native birds.
- Mount Dromedary
Mount Dromedary dominates the scene across Horseshoe Bay, and it was
from a spring on its heights that the first water was piped to Bermagui
in 1952. Prior to this tank water was supplemented by ballast water
brought by ships calling to take on produce.You can climb Mt Dromedary
- this is an excellent climb - leave your bike at Pam's Store Tilba
Tilba and grab a copy of the national Parks guide to this strenuous
climb to the summit.
• The Tilba Region nestles beneath the majestic Gulaga (Mt Dromedary).
This mountain is a site of great spiritual significance to the local
Yuin people and in May 2006 the NSW Government formally handed back
Gulaga National Park ownership and management to the Aboriginal communities
on the Far South Coast.
• Gulaga has been described by Aboriginal people as the place
of ancestral origin for all Yuin people, while Gulaga itself symbolises
the mother and provides a basis for Aboriginal spiritual identity,
for Aboriginal women and men.
• It is possible to walk up the mountain (Length: 14km return)
on most days with a track leaving from behind Pam's Store in Tilba Tilba.
Visitors should allow half a day to enjoy the walk and experience the
wonderful rainforest near the summit. The track is only really steep
in several areas and doesn't require any special hiking equipment, just
a strong pair of shoes. It is also a good idea to take some water and
snacks to enjoy at the summit while taking in the views.
- Montague Island
From either headland, Montague Island and the lighthouse can be seen
to the north, although visibility varies according to the prevailing
weather conditions. Granite from Montague Island was used in the building
of the Sydney G.P.O.
- Bermagui Wharf
Located just below the present War Memorial, it was demolished by the
Government in 1971 as it was considered unsafe. Remains of the wooden
piers can still be seen, and scuba divers enjoy exploring the site and
occasionally finding a relic of the past.
- Scenic Forest Drive
A short detour through a forest of Spotted Gums and Burrawongs on a
well maintained gravel road will take you around the southern shore
of Wallaga Lake to discover a very pretty picnic spot with BBQ’s
and fresh water. From the BBQ area a short bushwalk is signposted. Worth
the effort. Leaving Bermagui you head north, passing the turnoff that
goes west to Cobargo and continue north along the coast road.
- Old Goldfields’
Turn right opposite the Wallaga Lake Caravan Park. Gold was discovered
along this coastal stretch in 1880. Within two weeks, 2,500 miners were
in the area. There were three hotels, stores and a newspaper all established
within five weeks. Today there is little evidence of this frantic activity,
just a few unused mine shafts, and a story of mystery and murder. Check
at the local Tourist Information Centre for more details. Ask also for
the map and leaflet ‘Coast Walk’ on the newly created and
signposted walking trail, a pleasant coastal walk from Bermagui to Wallaga
Lake Bridge with the option of returning by bus.
- Camel rock
The entrance is opposite the Beauty Point turnoff. Facilities are minimal
(just pit toilets, a picnic table and a shady tree to park under), but
the short path to the beach takes you through to this fascinating rock.
Yes, it can be seen from the road, but you will miss the rock pools
around the base and the amazing variety of tiny coloured stones that
shimmer in the clear water. The area is a popular snorkelling and fishing
spot. Just a short stroll along the beach to the north and you will
discover Horse Head Rock.
- Wallaga Lake Bridge
A single lane bridge (give way to south-bound traffic). A small picnic
area can be enjoyed south of the bridge and virtually right in the middle
of the lake. A special spot for birdwatchers. This extensive lake, actually
a drowned river valley, created hardship for residents of Tilba prior
to the building of the bridge in 1894. They experienced difficulty reaching
the Bermagui Wharf to ship produce or receive stores. If the lake was
closed they travelled along the beach, where deep soft sand made travel
difficult with horse and cart heavily loaded, but when the lake mouth
was open to the sea travel was almost impossible
- The story of Emily
Emily Wintle was the only freight carrier willing to freight goods across
the water when the Wallaga Lake mouth was open to the sea. Emily was
one of eight children and when she was just five years old she was bound-over
to a farmer at Cobargo where she worked for 13 years both in the household
and at heavy farmwork. She married Robert Wintle and they acquired a
farm near Camel Rock. When her husband died in 1887 (she was then 37)
she had six boys and five girls to support. Emily decided there was
more money to be made being a carrier than a farmer. She carted stores
from Bermagui to Tilba and backloaded railway sleepers, using a team
of eight horses. When the lake mouth was open this necessitated unloading
the wagon and taking the goods across on a punt, then swimming the horses
over with the empty dray and reloading.
Upon reaching the intersection with the Princes Highway, you may choose
to turn right and continue a few kilometres to the National Trust Classified
township of Central Tilba, for a leisurely cup of tea and a stroll through
the many craft shops. Alternatively a left turn will take you back via
the Princes Highway to continue north..
Above Bermagui to Mystery Bay via Central Tilba
Gulaga (Mount Dromedary)
Gulaga National Park
Climbing Gulaga: Gulaga, or Mt Dromadery as it is commonly known,
has a profound influence on this area.
It dominates the view from many vantage points and provides part
of the beautiful backdrop that is the south coast hinterland.
So what better way to experience than to climb it. The track leaves
from just behind Pam’s Store in Tilba Tilba. This is no
small undertaking at 14kms return and it is a tough and steep
walk. But the views once you get to the top are superb.
Gulaga and the surrounding landscape are important for Aboriginal
people and especially significant to the Yuin women of the South
Coast of NSW. An extinct volcano rising 806 metres above sea level,
the steep track up the mountain was built in 1894 for gold miners.
Take the gravel path from Pam’s Store in Tilba Tilba and
continue up the mountain. At ‘Halfway Rock’ the Battery
Trail leads 1.6km off the main track around the side of the ridge
to the foundations of the mine manager’s residence. Return
to the main track and 30 minutes later you should reach ‘The
Saddle’ - a great rest spot.
Push on to the summit with its spectacular views to the coast,
along the way enjoying a magical rainforest and variety of birdlife.
Length: 14km return
Time: 5 hours return
Access: 20km south of Narooma on the Princes Highway,
turn right at Tilba Tilba turnoff, park near Pam’s Store
Tilba (cycle via Tilba Tilba loop road) and then further on Mystery
Bay and the Mystery Bay Camping Ground
stay on highway (red) however this is steep from north to south
- left is a very steep shortcut (red dash) so be careful both ways -
up or down - don't go down if you don't trust your brakes
take Pink Dash that connects with the blue dash and circles the town
by the sea via a stunning view over the golf course and the beach
Hostel, free Internet at Narooma Library
- In Narooma explore
Bluewater Drive and the cycleway that starts at the swimming pool (next
to the blue dash)
- If you are visiting
in Narooma be sure to go to the cemetary that is at the end of the Industrial
Area drive (Glass House Rocks Drive) as you enter the town from the
south. It really is a fabulous view and you can access the Glass House
Above: Narooma Township
- Follow Narooma to
Dalmeny cyclway (Blue Dash) across Narooma Bridge and then down into
- the cycleway becomes
a timber walkway at Mill Bay
- stop at the Apex
boatramp and look for huge sting rays and seals
- follow the concrete
cycleway all the way to Dalmeny
and then return to highway
here for a detailed map with evevations of the ride from Narooma
to Dalmeny including a spur to Narooma cemetery
Above: Narooma Bridge to Dalmeny
here for a Google map with elevations of the highway route between Narooma
Congo turnoff 32kms
here for a highspeed Youtube video showing the highway from Narooma
to the Tuross Head turn off and into Tuross Head - this video is a good
way to see the shoulders of the highway
Dalmeny there is a rest area to the north Bodalla
Park Forest Rest Area
It has toilets and fireplaces
- if you have time
consider going to Brou Lake and staying at the primative Brou
Lake camp site
Facilities: non-flush toilets, fire rings (bring your own firewood)
Water supply: No drinking water
Bodalla look for Potato Point Road
At the intersection of the highway and Potato Point Road is an exceptional
Potato Point is an excellent National
Park camp ground (there is a short section of dirt road)
sure to turn off the highway to Tuross Head
- once you arrive at the houses make your way to the cycleway
at the end of Lake Street and then follow the path along the shoreline
- free accomodation suggestions here
of Tuross is the turnoff to Bingie - visit Mullimburrah Point which
is in National Park
Mullimburra Point is composed of resilient 400
million-year-old granite. It is 20 m high and protrudes 1 km out to
sea surrounded by steep rocky slopes. In amongst its crenulations are
four beaches, one on the north side and three south, all located in
the national park. It can be reached via the Bingie and Mullimburra
Point roads, the latter terminating at the point with parking areas
above the southern three beaches, and a track off the point road leading
to the southern end of the northern beach. There
are no facilities out here other than a national park picnic area on
can also bypass the highway by going to Moruya
via Congo over a small section of gravel road (blue dash) and stay
at the well equiped but still primative Congo
In this area is the Bingie
you will find an excellent
bike shop (right at first roundabout)
Note that there is a free Internet at Moruya
Moruya again turn off the highway and follow the coastal route to Broulee
and all the way round to Bateman's Bay. Batemans Bay is the biggest
tourist town on the south coast. In its own right it's not that attractive,
but just before the town are plenty of fabulous beaches like Malua,
Lilli Pilli and Denhams. You should be able to find somewhere to stay
round here and there's great fish and chips on the river in the main
town near the wharves.
cross over Moruya Bridge and then turn right towards the sea - if you
follow the highway it is boring and has many steep sections (for cyclists)
- At North Head Moruya
turn right towards the Airport for a primative
camping area behind the sand dunes
here for a detailed map with elevations of the ride from Moruya
to Batemans Bay
sure to detour via Broulee and visit Broulee island
Broulee nature reserve is
joined to the mainland by a sandbar so is always accessible. Photographers
will love the ocean vistas across pristine rockpools. The walk features
a wonderful display of native plants including coastal banksias, casuarinas,
coastal wattles, westringias, red olive plum and lilli pilli. It’s
also a wonderful place for marine birdlife – including the superb
fairy wren and white bellied sea eagle. It’s a great vantage
point for whale watching over spring.
Time: 2 hours
Access: South of the main beach road called Heath Street, left into
Bayside Street and then into Harbour Drive at Broulee, a short push
over the sandy track will take you to a beach that has more solid
of Broulee and Mossy Point is the Tomakin Road that goes to the most excellent
that Mogo to Batemans Bay via the Princes Highway is VERY hilly
Above: Dalmeny to Malua Bay
Above: Malua Bay to
Bay has a short length of cycleway that starts at Batehaven takes you
along the foreshore and in the front of the main section of town before
you arrive at the bridge and cross over in the pedestrian lane
Above: Batemans Bay
It's worth taking
some diversions off the highway north of Batemans Bay to Durras and
especially to Pebbly Beach a little further north . In the busy season
the campgrounds will be booked out, but there are fabulous beaches with
great forests, and kangaroos everywhere.
Above - South Durras - Lakesea caravan park in the
middle and Murramarang Resort (also camping) right hand side
Beach is already known widely as the home of the "surfing kangaroos"
(a myth arising from a photograph of a kangaroo in the low surf -
probably chased there by a dog). Although they will not be surfing
when you visit, you will find a large resident kangaroo population
at Pebbly quite happy to be patted or to pose for a photograph.
The Pebbly Beach turn-off is about 10 kilometres south of Termeil
and it is about eight kilometres
over a gravel road to Pebbly itself.
Bawley Point has
some intresting rocks to climb over by the coast
Just south of Ulladulla you'll find Lake
Tabourie Tourist Park located on the foreshores of the
Lake Tabourie with the park situated between the lake and the beach,
They offer beachfront cabins and camp
sites with sweeping views across to Crampton Island.
are pretty affordable.
has some big stores to restock your grocery supplies. Just to the
north is Milton that is a nice old
town to explore. Don't bother with Mollymook Beach - instead go to
Narrawallee beach just to the north - Narrawallee has a gorgeous beach
with the most inviting white sand. You can see the colour of the water
change at different times of the day and due to weather conditions.
Narrawallee Beach is patrolled from October to April off season during
weekends and the busy season daily. The patrols take place down at
the southern end of the beach. It is possible to find overnight camping
if you are very careful and select a quiet place to park. Look at
the northern end of Matron Porter Drive where there is a carpark and
access to the beach and to the beautiful creek there.
Above: Milton to Nowra
via Jervis Bay
Nowra is a big
town, very unattractive, but might provide accommodation if all else
Through the town and across the river either head up the mountain
to Kangaroo Valley, or follow the highway to the lovely old town of
Berry that is filled with shops, galleries and cafes, or, best, turn
right for Seven Mile Beach and follow the coast road. There are great
beaches all along here and some fabulous towns - Seven Mile Beach,
It is indeed not the most
spectacular town in the country but it has two advantage points. If
you want to take the train out of Sydney, this is as far as you can
get. Well, technically it is Bomaderry at the other side of the bridge.
The other way round: you can take the train from here to Sydney to
avoid a lot of heavy traffic.
Advantage point two is the fact the town has three well equipped bike
shops. So if you need to fix something this is the place.
(Dirk-Jaap and Veerle)
Above: Nowra to Gerringong
North of Gerringong
another major tourist town with plenty of accommodation and services,
and quite a nice place to stop to see the blowhole.
Just north of here it's well worth cutting inland to Jamberoo to see
Minamurra Falls, a fabulous patch of rainforest.
Stick with the highway to Wollongong, then head into the city and beyond
to follow the Grand Pacific Drive into Sydney.
This is a spectacular road with great cliff hugging views, and ends
up coming through the Royal National Park
: The route from Gerringong North
to Corrimal source
to Kiama detail source
to Port Kembla source
Kembla to Scarbourogh source
isn't the best bike track in the world but the area around the
factories are quiet and the route is easy to follow, hugging the
coast for much of the way. The busiest bit is going from the track
to Wollongong and also through Shellharbour.
Above: Scarbourogh to
more detail of this cycleway link visit the very detailed
COASTLINE CYCLEWAY 2010 ILLAWARRA SURVEY
2.2 Thirroul to Wollongong
2.3 Wollongong to Windang
2.4 Windang to Shellharbour Village
2.5 Shellharbour Village to Dunmore
2.6 Dunmore to Kiama Heights
also the very detailed Illawarra Bicycle Users Group iBUG Tour
de Illawarra Guide
that Thirroul to Stanwell Park
Distance: 17 Kilometres source
ride follows the coast north from Thirroul along Lawrence Hargrave
Drive. This is a road
ride and involves sections on multi-lane roads, fast traffic and
Some choose to catch the train from Thirroul to Sydney and bypass
this section north into Sydney via the Royal national park all
Remember to check that the trains are running as
busses used to replace trains during trackwork don’t accept
Cautions: Areas of fast moving multi-landed traffic associated
with this ride and riders need to ride defensively
and carefully at all times
From the end of the shared path at Thirroul follow Hamilton Road,
turning right into Tasman Crescent, left into
Craig Street, right into Surfers Parade, left into Cliff Parade
and onto The Esplanade to get to Lawrence
Hargrave Drive. Alternately you can start from Thirroul Station
if you intend to return by train.
From here the ride is simply a matter of following Lawrence Hargrave
Drive north through Austinmer,
Coledale, Wombarra, Clifton, then over the Sea Cliff Bridge to
Coalcliff and Stanwell Park.
Park to Bundeena and Cronulla
Distance: 32 Kilometres source
Ride summary: The ride follows the coast north from Stanwell Park
to Bundeena and the ferry to Cronulla.
Cautions: The ride involves several long steep hills on narrow
roads with poor edges and is suitable for experienced road
riders only. This ride is also a favourite ride for motorcyclists
and people need to remain on the correct side of the road
and watch for motorcyclists on Lady Wakehurst Drive. Take plenty
of food and water as there are no services on this ride
through the Royal National Park
Notice - Public Liability Insurance
can be an enjoyable and exciting activity. However, like
many recreational activities that require physical exertion,
cycling carries with it the risk of physical injury.
associated with cycling include the risk that:
you may be involved in a collision with people, animals,
objects and/or vehicles;
you may lose your balance;
you may suffer from the effects of heat, cold, wind, rain
and other weather conditions;
you may suffer from physical exertion;
you may fall from your bicycle;
risks may result in death, bodily injury, disability, property
damage and economic loss to yourself and others.
are other risks to which you may be exposed. You should
ensure that you wear appropriate clothing and safety equipment,
including a helmet.
a negligent cyclist can be litigated by a seriously injured
cyclist, or third party (ie. a woman pushing a pram on a
footpath or a car driver) under common law.
cycling without Public Liability cover is not recommended.
Join Bicycle NSW http://www.bicyclensw.org.au
or a similar organisation for Public Liability insurance.
you have travel insurance make sure it covers your activity
good links found for more info:
sites for planning a cycle tour in NSW
with GPS - amazing rides with maps and elevations - short
and long distance
Travel with your bike by train between Sydney,
Newcastle, Hunter Valley, South Coast, Southern Highlands
and Blue Mountains.
- Bikes are permitted on trains free of charge, except
if any part of the journey is made between 6.00am and
9.00am or 3.30pm and 7.30pm on weekdays. Customers travelling
during those times must purchase a child ticket for the
bike as well as their own ticket. This includes whole,
dismantled or partially dismantled bicycles. source
Countrylink Travel with your bike
by rail or bus across NSW and ACT. (Beware their not-so-user-friendly
bicycle travel policy.)
CountryLink has spaces available on its services for carrying
bicycles, folding bicycles, surfboards, skis and snowboards.
XPT - five spaces, XPLORER - three spaces (five for folding
bicycles), Coaches - two spaces
A fee of $12.10 and a weight limit of 20 kilograms
applies. There is no charge for folding bicycles
in a protective cover, no larger than 79cm long, 59cm
high and 36cm wide.
Please reserve a place when purchasing your ticket.
Please note you are unable to reserve a place online.
If you are taking your bicycle please arrive 60 minutes
before the scheduled departure, disassemble the bike
and pack it into bicycle boxes. You can ask at your
station about obtaining a bicycle box or source one
from a bicycle retailer. For other items, please arrive
30 minutes before the scheduled departure. source
bicycle pages Bicycle maps for Sydney, Newcastle,
Wollongong and some regional centres.
Fish Since 1998, an independent
and sometimes iconoclastic personal page, low on graphics,
high on useful information - and just about bikes.
cycling in Eurobodalla
If you plan on staying in the Eurobodalla Shire for a
while you might like to meet up with the EuroBUG cyclists.
Bicycle Users Group)
A group of
cyclists in the Shire has rapidly grown in numbers and
enthusiasm. There is a mix of men and women of varied
ages and fitness levels. They all have a desire for exercise,
a fondness for fresh air and a wish to explore the magnificent
scenery that our area has to offer.
There is a strong social side to the rides which comes
to the fore over a cup of coffee, providing a great opportunity
to make new friends.
The organised rides take place on Mondays starting at
8.00am. (9.00am in winter)
[A more easy paced group, suitable for new or returning
riders is available on Wednesday.]
The rides require the use of mountain or hybrid bikes
as the routes usually include gravel roads and often bush
tracks. For many, the routes will take you places you
haven’t ventured to before.
The rides have been organised in all areas of the Shire
from Durras to Tilba and even outside the Shire at Bermagui.
The rides are pedalled at a slow pace over a length of
generally 15km to 60km. It is of course a challenge to
cater for all levels of fitness and so every effort is
made to include the option of a shorter or easier route,
when the nominated ride is more suited to the fittest
members of the group. So you don’t have to be a
lycra junkie to join in.
The rides are organised under the auspice of Bicycle NSW
through the Eurobodalla Bicycle User Group (Euro BUG)
of rides with full details can be found at this
further information can be obtained from Guy Brantingham
The group is looking forward to welcoming new riders to
the interesting rides that have been scheduled.
Cycling Route Maps
Maps for all the rides undertaken by the EUROBUG can be
found by entering "Eurobodalla District" as
the search criteria into http://www.bikely.com/.
This site also gives you access to more than 80,000 bike
or you can
go direct to Euorobodalla rides here
Coruna Velodrome - Mystery Bay
The Bicycle Club of Corunna built a velodrome near Mystery
Bay around 1892.
Slashing has removed much of the growth that would have
hidden portions of the circuit, so it is now possible
to walk around the track and to see original contours
and embankments that were built by those energetic enthusiasts
in the 1890’s. Some of them are probably in that
photograph resurrected from history.
The NPWS Management Plan for Corunna Point, prepared in
July 1998, brings together more information and photographs
relating to Corunna Point.
It seems the Bicycle Club of Corunna was very active to
the turn of the century. In 1899 clubs amalgamated and
changed their name to Central Tilba Cycling Club. It was
proposed to join the NSW League of Wheelmen and to procure
clubuniforms – this did not proceed.
Bottin Grave Site - Reedy Ck.
link gives a fascinating insite into some early local
history surrounding the 'Bottin' grave site hidden in
the bush at Reedy Ck.
What are Rail Trails?
Rail trails are shared-use paths recycled from abandoned
railway corridors. They can be used for a range of purposes
including walking, cycling and horse riding.
What are they like?
Most trails have a gravel or dirt surface suitable for
walking, mountain bikes and horses. Some are sealed and
are great for touring bikes too.
link will take you to Railtrails Australia.
so far ridden the East
Gippsland Rail Trail from Bairnsdale to Orbost
and the Murray
to the Mountains Rail Trail from Wangaratta to Beechworth
Tools - Park Tool has been manufacturing bicycle specific
tools since 1963. Based out of St. Paul Minnesota, they
claim to be the world's largest bicycle tool manufacturer.
If you are you looking for help on how to perform a repair
or maintenance exercise on your bike they have provided
an extensive library of repair instructions free for your
use on their website.
If you know the common term for the type of repair you
want to perform, you can go directly to their “Repair
How To” section and look it up under their alphabetical
list. If you only know the area of the bike you wish to
work on, then you can select their “Bike Map”
and then click on the desired area of the bike for a list
of repairs for that area.
to have the broadest line of bicycle tools in the world
and are the same tools that are preferred by professional
bicycle mechanics around the world.
You can find their entire line up listed by category on
the left of the web page.
- Shimano are one of the worlds largest suppliers of components
for bicycles and their products are found on many different
manufacturers products. By closely examining your bike
you should find a Shimano part number either on a sticker,
stamped into the metal or molded into the plastic components.
By using this number on the Shimano website you can bring
up detailed drawings of the assemblies with parts breakdowns
and part numbers. Also you can access the tech.
docs. that detail how to set up or adjust those components
on your bike.
Adjustment - This
is a good site to give you the process of checking
and adjusting your derailleur.
Maintenance - Article
on chain maintenance, wear, lubrication etc.
"Breaking" and Replacement - How
to break and join a chain and change
Maintenance, Noises etc. etc.
you would like to explore the Shire and beyond you couldn't
do any better than to start right here
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