Cycle Sydney, Lady Carrington Drive Trail

Cycle Sydney, Lady Carrington Drive Trail Lady Carrington Drive was constructed in 1886 and was named after the wife of the Barron Carrington, the then governor. Lady Carrington Drive is a 9.4km long fire trail which follows the course of the beautiful Hacking River. This is one of the classic Sydney MTB rides. Its beautiful scenery and low difficulty make this an ideal first off-road MTB adventure, and a ride suitable for the whole family. Terrain Predominantly flat fire trail with a few small rolling hills. A mixture of sand/gravel and clay surface with small rocks. Traffic No private vehicle traffic is permitted on the Lady Carrington fire trail. Trail is shared use so keep an eye out for walkers and the occasional NPWS vehicle How to Get There This ride can be commenced from either end. From the southern end look for a small car park located on Lady Wakehurst Drive where the marked trailhead is clearly visible. If starting from Audley enter the national park on Furnell Avenue and turn right into Lady Carrington Drive approximately 200m after crossing the causeway park and picnic area. If travelling by train, access by Loftus or Heathcote stations. Either of these adds approximately 8km of on-road riding. Food and Drink A café/kiosk is located nearby at Audley Weir where they make a great sausage roll. Public picnic areas are located along the Hacking River at Iron Bark Flat including toilets, picnic tables, and public BBQs, so don’t forget the snags! Side Trip There are a number of walking trails in this area, most notably Lime Stone Cave. It leads to the lovely Pagona Cave and is 1.6km each way. Forrest Pathand the Walumurra trail are also nearby at Audley. Details Lady Carrington Drive is located in the Royal National Park which was established in 1879 and is the second oldest national park in the world after Yellowstone. Located only 32km from Sydney the Royal National Park abounds with wildlife and riders have a good chance of an echidna or lyrebird sighting. Lady Carrington Drive follows the Hacking River from Audley through to Lady Wakehurst Drive providing regular glimpses of the river. Lady Carrington Drive is approx 9.4km one way or a return journey of 18.8km. Anyone with average fitness should easily cope with the few small hills. Overall the trail is in good condition, comprising sandy gravel and clay sections with small rocks—it’s suitable for anyone with basic bike handling skills and ridden at a casual pace it should take around 2-3 hours to complete. There’s no water available along the length of the trail so be sure to carry sufficient water for the duration of your ride. This ride is suitable all year round with plenty of tree canopy for shade during the hotter months and its sheltered position provides protection from wild wintery weather. For energetic riders looking to put some extra kms in the legs, the ride can be extended by riding one way between Loftus and Waterfall stations resulting in a mini Tour de Royal. Both Loftus and Waterfall stations are roughly the same height so there is no real advantage in starting at one over the other. This option adds the excitement of a brake burning downhill on the way in and a leg burning climb on the way out. It also adds around 10km of bitumen bringing the ride to around 30km. Once you’ve had enough of MTB riding there are numerous other activities to be enjoyed in the park including fishing, swimming, bushwalking and picnicking. For a closer inspection of the Hacking River row boats can be hired from nearby Audley. CYCLEMAP https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1tBiarNfgzpZCrINsH5-cUm9mAX0
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Low
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 18.8
Elevation Gain (metres): 369
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire facilities
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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