Jugiong is the perfect stop along the Hume Highway travelling between Sydney and Melbourne, or anywhere in between or further afield. It's located just 3km off the highway in picturesque countryside.
The township has undergone a complete transformation in recent years, with the refurbishment of many of the town's historic and heritage buildings into new, modern cafes and accommodation providers; offering some of the best local produce and quality menus you could expect anywhere. Supported by a small range of boutique local artisan stores, it's the perfect place to while away anywhere between one to three nights for your next trip along the Hume.
Oh, and did we mention some great rides to stretch the legs and explore the area's beautiful landscapes; well off the Hume Highway and on quiet country roads?
Here's our recommendation to maximise everything the township has to offer with a two night stay for your Jugiong - Hume Highway circuit breaker.
Arrive in Jugiong late afternoon and check into your accommodation at either the Sir George Hotel, the well appointed Motor Inn, or an airbnb.
Enjoy dinner at either the Sir George or the Motor Inn's restaurant. Both have great menus.
You can enjoy a relatively leisurely start today; taking time to savor the breakfast delights provided by your accommodation. If at the Sir George, you'll receive their own house-made sourdough bread and granola.
Once you've fuelled up, time to hop on your bike and enjoy the 85km Jugiong to Harden circuit ride. Half way into the circuit, and after around 2 hours of riding, you'll arrive in Harden and be ready for another coffee and some food! We recommend the Green Ivy Cafe in the Harden Main Street.
You'll have approximately two hours of riding back to Jugiong again. Meaning: you'll arrive in plenty of time to shower, refresh, and enjoy a beverage in the outdoor courtyard of the Sir George Hotel before a meal at whichever of the two restaurants you weren't able to experience the previous evening.
You may be keen to get back on the road this morning to continue your drive. However, we recommend taking it easy: enjoy your breakfast, and then peruse the boutique stores of the township. Hopefully you will have delayed sufficient time to be able to enjoy a lunch, or at least another coffee, at the Long Track Pantry before your departure. There's a great range of produce available for purchase here too.
We expect, after experiencing this mid-way break once, this will become a regular stop-over for you for all future journeys and you'll wonder how you ever drove the Hume without stopping and cycling the Jugiong region!
The ride route follows the Old Jugiong Road for the return journey back to Jugiong. This road is gravel, and is the only main section of gravel on the Route. It's roughly 20km of gravel. To avoid the gravel, you can simply take an alternative route by staying on Jugiong Road, rather than taking the left onto Old Jugiong Road. However, there is one section of gravel, roughly 2km, on this circuit that can't be avoided - soon after leaving Jugiong on McMahons Reef Road. Even if on a road bike, you shouldn't have too much trouble negotiating a small section of gravel; though we do recommend making sure you carry spare inner tubes!
There is also a shorter circuit from Jugiong. This one heads straight up Old Jugiong Road and back via Jugiong Road. This one is a 50/50 mix of both gravel and sealed roads.
Of course, the other option to completely avoid any gravel, is to head out of Jugiong on Jugiong Road and do this one as an out-and-back, rather than a circuit ride.