This is a perfect overnighter for a weekend getaway from Canberra!
Depart Canberra by car and travel roughly 45 minutes to arrive at Some Cafe, Collector for coffee and a bite to eat. Note that the cafe doesn't open until 9am, so no need to rush. For some extra kilometres in the legs, all bar your designated driver could also leave earlier and ride the 55km from Canberra City to Collector, meeting car and driver there. After enjoying the fresh and health menu offerings including great coffee and sourdough breads, continue on by car via Goulburn and up Taralga Road for an hour to arrive in Taralga.
You can find on the side streets a suitable place to park your car and get organised for your cycling adventure! Load up the panniers/backpack; fill your water bottles; lock the car; leave the troubles of the city and the previous week behind; and you're on your way!
From here, the ride begins. The route out to Tanjenong is just 25km of fully sealed road with some mild undulations. This should have you arriving at your accommodation in around an hour of cycling. Check-in is from 2pm so you'll then have most of the afternoon to enjoy this amazing property and explore the many bushwalks and other nature-based activities on the 3,000 acre property.
Enjoy the evening's peace, a star-studded sky and the romance of an open fire with all the luxuries provided.
Awake to birdsong and the peaceful sounds of the bush on Day 2. Check out is 11am, which allows you plenty of time to enjoy a relaxing breakfast - in bed - while overlooking the picturesque scenery from the comfort of your glamping tent.
Once back on your bike again, you'll retrace steps from Day 1 for approximately 12km before you reach the Wombeyan Caves turn-off. Turn left at the Wombeyan Caves junction and the road soon turns to gravel; through exquisite iconic Australian dry sclerophyll Eucalypt forest. You'll travel on this road for around 35km to the Wombeyan Caves campground and day use area. Initially, the gravel road is relatively flat. Once it commences the descent, the road is sealed for the remainder of the journey to the bottom at the river.
By the time you reach the river, you will have ridden 50km and around 1.5-2 hours - time for a well earned break and a bite to eat. Even a splash in the river if the weather's warm!
After you've refreshed, refueled and rejuvenated; it's time to head back uphill again for the final 45km back to Taralga. As this is initially an uphill climb of around 20km, allow 3.5-5 hours for the return journey from Wombeyan Caves; arriving back at your car in Taralga around 5 or 6pm.
From Taralga, it's around 1:45 drive time back to Canberra.
Wow - what a weekend; and what an adventure to share with your colleagues back in the office tomorrow.
Batteries recharged, refreshed and ready to launch into the week ahead with renewed vigor and purpose!
Day 1 is a fully sealed road, with narrow shoulder, but ease of passing for other vehicular traffic.
Day 2 - to Wombeyan Caves - will have you riding on some gravel roads where the terrin is relatively flat. Once you commence the descent, the road is sealed. For further details on this section of the ride, please visit the ride details for Taralga to Wombeyan Caves.
This ride starts and ends in Taralga. You can park your car in a quiet side street of the small township.
FOOD AND DRINK
You will need to bring your own food and drink for meals (dinner and breakfast) at Tanjenong; as well as a picnic lunch at Wombeyan on the second day.
A fully equipped camp kitchen is available at Tangenong; together with wood provided for your own campfire on which you may cook your meals.
You can refill water at the Tenjenong accommodation and at Wombeyan Caves. There is also a basic kiosk open throughout the year at Wombeyan Caves.
You can hire linen from Tanjenong in advance for an additional $30.
The glamping tents are available year round, with extra blankets in the tents to keep you warm throughout the night and a warm camp kitchen with a fireplace to shelter in if the weather gets bad.
You can also extend the adventure out by staying a night at Wombeyan Caves and/or in Taralga at the start or end of your journey, and exploring many of the other rides listed in the Upper Lachlan shire.
Public toilets are available in Taralga near the Municipal Services building and at Wombeyan Caves.
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