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explore the New South Wales South Coast by camping, Couchsurfing, cycling or vanning

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This website provides the route from the south to the north

This 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 visiting Marlo.

If 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)

• There are various app for on your mobile device.
We used the ‘Campin Australia’ app which can also be used offline.(Dirk-Jaap and Veerle)

 

Coming from the Victorian Border:


Above: Mallacoota to Merimbula

This area is called the Sapphire Coast - they have a good website here

Between 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)

  • Mallacoota 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.

  • Wilderness Bike Trails And Paddling Around Mallacoota


    Cycling: 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).

    In Eden:

There is a great walk called the Light To Light Walk
Green Cape 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.

Into North Ben Boyd National Park:
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.

 

Above: Pambula to Tathra


Above Tathra to Bermagui

Tathra:

  • 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.
  • From Tathra 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
  • Next 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)

  • Mimosa 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.

    Inside Mimosa 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 rock sculptures.

    • 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 the carpark.

    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.

    Cuttagee Beach
    Just south of Bermagui is Cuttagee Beach. At the northern end of the beach Cuttagee Lake, adjacent to the bridge, provides shallow water for swimming.

    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

  • Araganu Beach, Mimosa Rocks National Park to Bermagui - Click here for map
  • Lake Wapengo and Picnic Point, Mimosa Rocks National Park to Bermagui - Click here for map

    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.

    Bermagui 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 and Veerle)

  • From Bermagui take the coast road towards Narooma via Wallaga Lake
  • see also Bermagui to Camel Rock and Wallaga Lake - Click here for map
  • 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 name.

    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’ Lookout
    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 Wintle...
    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.
  • Central Tilba
    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

 

Cycling: You are now in the region or shire known as Eurobodalla

Eurobodalla is the perfect place to explore on the back of a bike.
With an extensive range of paths connecting villages and towns to areas of interest, you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty and enjoy the stunning vistas and historic settlements at your own pace.

An excellent webpage has been set up by Eurobodalla Tourism and EuroBUG
with different cycle adventures and info you might enjoy while in the Shire

Various rides within Eurobodalla have also be logged with GPS and you can find
the following scenic mostly off highway routes at the following links:

Narooma Tilba, Mystery Bay Loop
Follows the Old Highway, Ridge Rd, Sunnyside Rd, Old Highway, Wonga Rd and
Old South Coast Rd

Narooma - Wagonga Inlet Route
A scenic ride around Wagonga Inlet starting in Narooma followed by a return along
the ocean foreshore from Dalmeny to Narooma

South Durras Scenic tour
A scenic tour of Durras Village followed by a ride through Murramarang National
Park to North Head and then return by similar route

Batehaven to Moruya Cycle Route

Narooma to Dalmeny via Narooma Cemetery
Utilises Shared pathways where possible

Moruya to Congo

Durras Loop

Bermagui to Narooma via Wallaga Lake

Narooma to Congo via highway

 


 

  • Dont miss Central Tilba (cycle via Tilba Tilba loop road) and then further on Mystery Bay and the Mystery Bay Camping Ground

  • In Narooma 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
  • or 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

    Youth 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 Rocks

 


Above: Narooma Township

  • Follow Narooma to Dalmeny cyclway (Blue Dash) across Narooma Bridge and then down into Mill Bay
  • 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
  • Click 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

 

Click here for a Google map with elevations of the highway route between Narooma and the
Congo turnoff 32kms

Click 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

 

  • From 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
  • At Bodalla look for Potato Point Road
    At the intersection of the highway and Potato Point Road is an exceptional cafe
  • At Potato Point is an excellent National Park camp ground (there is a short section of dirt road)
  • be 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
  • North 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 the point.
  • you 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 camping reserve

    In this area is the Bingie Dreaming Track

  • In Moruya you will find an excellent bike shop (right at first roundabout)

    Note that there is a free Internet at Moruya Library
  • At 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

  • Click here for a detailed map with elevations of the ride from Moruya to Batemans Bay


  • Be 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.

    Length: 4km
    Time: 2 hours
    Grade: Moderate
    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 sand.

North of Broulee and Mossy Point is the Tomakin Road that goes to the most excellent Mogo Zoo
Note that Mogo to Batemans Bay via the Princes Highway is VERY hilly and dangerous for cyclists


Above: Dalmeny to Malua Bay
 


Above: Malua Bay to Batemans Bay

Batemans 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

Note that there is free Internet at Batemans Bay McDonalds, Youth Hostel, Bike shop,

 


Above: Batemans Bay to Milton

Cycling and Camping:
You are now in the region or shire known as Shoalhaven

Free & Low Cost Camping in the Shoalhaven

 

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
Pebbly 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.
Unpowered sites are pretty affordable.
Ulladulla 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.

 

Just before Tomerong turn right to Jervis Bay and head out to the southern shore to Hyams Beach, Green Patch and Murrays. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, though if you want to stay here you'll need to head back up to the town of Huskisson which is a big holiday town with lots of places to stay and great places to eat, especially at the Huskinsson (Husky) Pub

• There is also the option to camping in Jervis Bay Territory (Green Patch). That is a bit of a detour but very rewarding. If you are cyclist you pay in the off-season just 11 dollar. see http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/south-coast/jervis-bay-and-shoalhaven/jervis-bay/accommodation/booderee-national-park-green-patch (Dirk-Jaap and Veerle)


Click here for a detailed google map of Bawly Point to Sanctuary Point via the highway


Above: Milton to Nowra via Jervis Bay

Nowra is a big town, very unattractive, but might provide accommodation if all else fails.
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, Gerroa, Gerringong
.

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

  • In Gerringong be sure to visit the local cemetery - amazing views


Above: Gerringong Town

 

North of Gerringong is Kiama, 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

Cycling : The route from Gerringong North

Above: Gerroa to Corrimal source



Above: Gerroa to Kiama detail source

Above: Kiama to Port Kembla source


Above: Port Kembla to Scarbourogh source

This 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 Loftus source

For more detail of this cycleway link visit the very detailed
NSW 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

and also the very detailed Illawarra Bicycle Users Group iBUG Tour de Illawarra Guide

Note that Thirroul to Stanwell Park
Grade: Hard
Distance: 17 Kilometres source

The 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 numerous hills.
Some choose to catch the train from Thirroul to Sydney and bypass this section north into Sydney via the Royal national park all together

Remember to check that the trains are running as
busses used to replace trains during trackwork don’t accept bicycles.

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.

 

Stanwell Park to Bundeena and Cronulla
Grade: Hard
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

Cycling through the Royal National Park

 

Important Notice - Public Liability Insurance

Cycling 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.

The risks 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;

and these risks may result in death, bodily injury, disability, property damage and economic loss to yourself and others.

There are other risks to which you may be exposed. You should ensure that you wear appropriate clothing and safety equipment, including a helmet.

In NSW 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.

Hence, cycling without Public Liability cover is not recommended. Join Bicycle NSW http://www.bicyclensw.org.au or a similar organisation for Public Liability insurance.

If you have travel insurance make sure it covers your activity

 


Some good links found for more info:

Useful sites for planning a cycle tour in NSW

  • Ride with GPS - amazing rides with maps and elevations - short and long distance
  • CityRail 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

  • RTA bicycle pages Bicycle maps for Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and some regional centres.
  • Bicycle Fish Since 1998, an independent and sometimes iconoclastic personal page, low on graphics, high on useful information - and just about bikes.

 

Scenic 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.

EuroBug (Eurobodalla 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)

The calendar of rides with full details can be found at this web site

Alternatively further information can be obtained from Guy Brantingham on 44738376
The group is looking forward to welcoming new riders to the interesting rides that have been scheduled.

Eurobodalla 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 routes worldwide.

or you can go direct to Euorobodalla rides here

History
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.

This link gives a fascinating insite into some early local history surrounding the 'Bottin' grave site hidden in the bush at Reedy Ck.

Rail Trails
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.
This link will take you to Railtrails Australia.

EUROBUG have so far ridden the East Gippsland Rail Trail from Bairnsdale to Orbost

and the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail from Wangaratta to Beechworth and Bright

Bicycle Maintenance
Park 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.

They claim 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 - 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.

Derailleur Adjustment - This is a good site to give you the process of checking and adjusting your derailleur.

Chain Maintenance - Article on chain maintenance, wear, lubrication etc.

Chain "Breaking" and Replacement - How to break and join a chain and change a chain

Saddles, Adjustment etc.

General Maintenance, Noises etc. etc.

 

If you would like to explore the Shire and beyond you couldn't do any better than to start right here


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