This is a great circuit from Bermagui, which can be done either by mountain bike or gravel. You'll soon leave the paved roads about 2km straight out of Bermagui and will have the roads from here likely all to yourself... and perhaps a few cows and horses as you pass a small section of typical, lush green dairy farms that the region's economy is so dependent upon.
Most of this ride is through the beautiful forests of Bermaguee Nature Reserve.
Navigation is very easy - leave Bermagui be heading left on Carnago Street, which quickly rounds a corner and becomes Murrah Street. This then rounds another corner, becoming Nutley's Creek Road. It is around this point that the road turns to gravel and starts climbing its way up through the Bermaguee Nature Reserve.
Around the half-way mark, just after you've cycled 16km, you'll come upon a major junction. Turn left here, onto Head of Cottagee Road (it's well-signposted). This road will take you all the way back to the main, sealed Tathra-Bermagui Road back to the main town centre of the Bermagui township.
You can take a short-cut through Nutley's Link Road; or could extend the ride by turning right when you reach the Head of Cuttagee Road junction, continuing up Nutley's Creek Road until you reach the junction of Murrah Road, and then following it back down to the Tathra-Bermagui Road.
The road is pretty good quality, though rough in a few patches, and to be expected after significant rain.
We recommend starting and ending this one from the main township of Bermagui, where you will find plenty of car-parking options, public toilets, and great cafes, fish and chips and other options for pre and/or post-ride fuelling.
FOOD AND DRINK
Our favourites for Bermagui's best coffee are:
- BeardHawk (Mon-Fri 7:00am-12 noon)
- Mister Hope (7 days from 7am-3pm)
- Gulaga Organics
And for some obligatory 'I'm at the coast and must eat fish and chips', we recommend:
- Bluewave Seafood, 73-75 Lamont Street (Fisherman's Wharf)
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