Queanbeyan-Palerang by bike
The best bicycle adventures and vacations in Queanbeyan-Palerang
This is a destination perfect for a weekend get-away that's almost a stay-cation, right on the back doorstep of the nation's capital. It offers an abundance of cycling opportunities particularly for mountain bikers, gravel grinders and bike-packers/bike-tourers. The Tallaganda National Park and State Forest is your wonderland, waiting to be discovered.
Whether camping is your 'thang' - with some time out round the campfire, cup of tea and warm smoky crumpet in hand, butter dribbling down your arm; - or you prefer a bed and pub meal with barista coffee to get you going, Queanbeyan-Palerang has it all.
And it's so close, you can check the weather Thursday, looking good, holler to ya' mates, round up the crew, get your gear together, and go. Weekend sorted. Right there!
Head out Friday night, back Sunday afternoon. You'll be recharged and energised and just itching for those next five days to pass so you can go do it all again! The townships of Bungendore, Braidwood and Captain's Flat all offer great accommodation and food and drink options.
The forests here are spectacular and a real hidden gem. The roads vary considerably - from sealed routes of pastoral vistas to broad gravel roads and fire trails through the State Forests and National Parks; and plenty to admire along the way. There's the Lowden Water Wheel and historic site, the historic and heritage townships themselves and beautiful creeks and streams.
The entire town of Braidwood is heritgae-listed; the only NSW destination laying claim to this great title. Together with Bungendore, both offer a taste of yesteryear, and support the work of numerous local artisans and boutique stores.
Quiet country roads can be explored by road cyclists, linking together townships, wind farms and cool climate wineries; and path networks in Queanbeyan can be enjoyed by the whole family.
How about a bikepacking adventure through the backroads from Queanbeyan to the coast via Captains Flat and finishing in Moruya? There's the renowned three-day bike-packing adventure Attack of the Buns which will be unsurpassed.
The region is a great budget destination, while also offering comfort options.
Throughout the Tallaganda and other National Parks and State Forests, there are a myriad trail options for gravel grinders and mountain bikers. Follow the route maps as suggested here and you can't go wrong. The area is also very well sign-posted. So, whether you print PDF maps before you go, or download offline GPX files, you can't go too far wrong. However, as a word of caution - you will be in remote areas without mobile coverage, so please make sure you know where you're going, and let someone else know too!
As a general rule of thumb, roads throughout the National Parks and State Forests that are titled 'roads' are suitable for gravel grinders; fire trails are generally more suited to mountain bikers. However, both vary in quality. For this reason, you can rely on our trail maps as provided, and the recommended riding type. Happy to help!
When to go
The Queanbeyan-Palerang region has a mild climate; with warm, dry summers and cool winters. The best cycling months are Autumn (March-May) and Summer (November-February). February is, however, the hottest month for the region and cycling may become uncomfortable. Winter - although with cool starts (depending on your location in the region, you can expect regular sub-zero celsius mornings) - has beautiful, clear sunny days that make for perfect riding conditions. Springtime is also good for cycling, though can be a bit windy.
All the info
Multi-day itineraries and bike-packing/bike-touring
Where to ride - gravel grinds
Where to ride - mountain biking
Where to ride - road rides
Where to ride - sightseeing
Where to stay
Where to eat and drink
Bike stores and rentals
Events, key attractions and other points of interest
Much of this area is outside of mobile service. We recommend that you:
- download offline GPX files from the CycleLifeHQ platform before you go;
- make sure to carry with you everything you'll need, including water and spare inner tubes.
Please also be aware that you may encounter log trucks and other heavy vehicles throughout the Tallaganda forests and in the region. Chances are you'll hear them well before you see them. Our recommendation is that this is a great time to take a little breather; hop off your bike and hop off the road. Let the trucks pass, give a friendly wave, everyone's happy and then resume your ride again.