Cycle tours

1 – SPOTTED GUM TRAIL

South Durras to Murramarang National Park

DISTANCE: 24 km

GRADE: Easy then moderate

SUITABLE: Mountain bikes or hybrids

Take in spectacular coastal and lake views and feel the majesty and peace of the magical spotted gums as you ride through these forests. To find one of the best whale-viewing platforms in the area once at North Head, go through the camp ground to the walking track. Start at Durras Sports Ground; head north through the village to Durras Lake boat ramp, along the lake foreshore track in front of the caravan park. It then heads back through the village streets to the ocean boat ramp. Next is a journey through the forest to North Head with great views of the Tollgate Islands and Batemans Bay beyond. The return follows a similar route.

2 – THE MANGROVE TOUR

Batemans Bay to Cullendulla wetlands

DISTANCE: 18 km

GRADE: Easy, family friendly

SUITABLE: Mountain bikes or hybrids

Enjoy the salty air as you ride along the foreshore cycle path from bustling Batehaven and Batemans Bay, to the north side to explore the tranquil wetlands of Cullendulla Creek Boardwalk. Start at the reserve opposite the Batehaven shops. Follow the shared path to Batemans Bay, past Birdland and the marina looping over the breakwall. Continue to Batemans Bay and the picturesque Murra Mia Walkway. After crossing the bridge to the north side, your ride continues eastwards into Surfside, eventually reaching the end of Myamba Parade, where you join the boardwalk around to Cullendulla Beach. Return via the same route.

3 – THE BAY AND BEYOND

Batemans Bay to Moruya via Coast Road

DISTANCE: 71km return

GRADE: Moderate

SUITABLE: Road bikes and experienced riders

Ready, set, go… make sure you take a map with you along one of the South Coast’s most scenic routes. There are wonderful coastal villages, magnificent headlands and sandy bays to explore. Although a sealed road route, it is lacking in shoulders in places and carries traffic where the speed limit is 100km/hr for long sections. Start at Corrigans Beach Reserve, Batehaven. Follow the coast along Beach Rd to the junction with George Bass Drive at Wimbie Beach. Head south on George Bass Drive past Mosquito Bay, Malua Bay, and McKenzies Beach, all with views of the ocean. South Rosedale (13km into ride) and Guerrilla Bay (15km) are two lovely spots to explore. Also deviate to Tomakin lookout (19km) where you have magnificent views up and down the coast. Turn off to Mossy Point (20km) and follow Annetts Pde to Broulee. Rejoin George Bass Drive and keep heading south. At the southern end of the airport you have a chance to view the entrance of the Moruya River to the Ocean. Follow North Head Drive into Moruya and take care as there are some sections that have very limited shoulders and sharp bends. Follow the scenic Moruya River into town and if you arrive on Saturday visit Moruya Country Markets at Riverside Park.

4 – MOGO GOLD FIELDS TREK

Mogo State Forest

DISTANCE: 14km

GRADE: Moderate, reasonable level of fitness required

SUITABLE: Mountain bikes

Located in Mogo State Forest off Maulbrooks Rd, 2.5km south of the historic South Coast village of Mogo this 14 km forest track has routes that range from challenging, with numerous technical aspects, to ones that will suit those starting out. The start and finish points are from the trailhead located at the intersection of Maulbrooks and Dam Roads, 5.2km west of the Princes Highway. Although the track is used by local cycle clubs you don’t have to be a supercompetitor to enjoy the ride, just keen and with some fitness levels. We recommend you take a topographic map to enjoy all the routes.

5 – RIDE AND FLY

Broulee to Moruya Airport return via Mossy Point

DISTANCE: 20km return

GRADE: Easy

SUITABLE: for mountain bikes and hybrids

Start at the surf club on Heath Street then turn into Grant Street and veer into McNee Street until you engage the old road – a good track that hugs the sand dunes for a few kilometres. You can continue riding down to the Moruya River mouth by riding along the airport fence on the ocean side of the runway. At the river you can enjoy a dip to refresh before retracing your path to Broulee. Back at Broulee, ride along the foreshore of the village on the cycle path. At the northern end of the village you cross Candlagan Creek and re-join the road. Turn right and follow Annetts Pde around the Mossy Point foreshore until you come to the access road to the headland. Here is a great headland view! Return via similar route.

6 – TOWN TO SURF

Moruya to South Head return

DISTANCE: 16km return

GRADE: Easy

SUITABLE: Road bikes except extension to Congo Creek

Ride along the scenic river flats with grazing cattle that glimpse Moruya River and onto the ocean at Moruya Head with this easy ride. Park at Riverside Park, Church Street or you can start upstream at the Moruya Water Garden, River St. This section is connected by a good shared cycleway. Head east along South Head Rd on the pathway. The road generally follows the Moruya River. Take care when the cycleway crosses to the other side of the road and take added care where the cycleway merges with the road. Turn left into Charles Moffitt Drive. Once at the Surf Club you can extend the journey (1.5km return) up the hill to the headland where you can check out the historic cemetery and a great whale watching spot.

7 – VALLEY VIEW RIDE

Moruya to Araluen

DISTANCE: 60km

GRADE: Moderate, reasonable level of fitness required

SUITABLE: Mountain bikes or hybrids

This ride follows the glorious Deua River to the historic village of Araluen; a rich gold mining past and known for its lovely orchards and fruit. The road is mainly gravel. Start from anywhere in Moruya but a good start point is along Campbell Street, west of the Eurobodalla Shire Council building. Head west and follow the signs to Araluen. Take care on blind bends and oncoming traffic as the road narrows where vehicles may encroach on your side of the roadway. This route is extremely scenic with great mountain views and proximity to the river and there are many places to picnic along the way. The Hotel in Araluen can be a turn-around point for the long ride back. Or, stay overnight at one of the camp grounds before returning the next day.

8 – FARM AND FOREST

Bodalla to Reedy Creek

DISTANCE: 50km return

GRADE: Moderate, reasonable level of fitness required

SUITABLE: Mountain bikes or hybrids

Start anywhere along Eurobodalla road which is partly sealed. This is a scenic ride that travels through the dairy and grazing land of the Tuross Valley before veering off to River Road then off to Reedy Creek Road that follows the river through the forest and returns to Bodalla by the same route. The turnaround point is at Reg Murphy Bridge which is a convenient spot for a picnic. The terrain is undulating. This ride can be shortened to any distance that suits your fitness level or it can be extended; heading west at the Reedy Creek Rd intersection with Eurobodalla Rd, takes you towards the small historic village of Nerrigundah. The return journey can be up Cadgee Mtn Rd to Nerrigundah Mtn Rd back to Eurobodalla Rd. There are a number of cafes and restaurants in Bodalla to aid your recovery at the end of the ride.

9 – TUROSS WATERS FORESHORE RIDE

Tuross Head Foreshore

DISTANCE: 12km return

GRADE: Easy

SUITABLE: Road bike, family friendly

The magnificent waterways of the popular coastal hamlet of Tuross Head are the setting for this easy and enjoyable family ride. The ride follows Coila Lake, ocean and Tuross River foreshores on the shared pathway. There are stunning ocean views, rocky outcrops, Norfolk Pines and dramatic headlands en-route. Start at the northern end of the cycleway at Kyla Oval, Hector McWilliam Drive and continue south along the cycleway to the beach car park at Tuross Boulevard. Here you can deviate on foot to One Tree Point to enjoy some stunning views. Resume the ride travelling along the path until you connect with Clive Court then veer left into Nelson Parade. Continue until you arrive at the car park to the restaurants. Return the same way.