Base yourself for a few nights in Boorowa to experience some exceptional riding. There are plenty of ride routes on offer from the base of Boorowa to keep you occupied for many days or up to a week. However, the itinerary below is our recommended way to make the most of three nights in the region - giving you two full days of riding, and experiencing the best of the region by bike.
Arrive in Boorowa late afternoon and check into your accommodation at the Boorowa Hotel where Mike and his friendly team are very accustomed to welcoming cyclists. After enjoying some relaxed time on the hotel's broad second floor verandah overlooking the main street, we recommend dining at the Boorowa Hotel. Doesn't get much closer than this!
A modest continental breakfast is included as part of your accommodation, with cereal, toast, spreads, fresh milk, tea and coffee. Across the road, the Superb Bakery opens its doors at 8am if you prefer a brewed coffee or a warm pastry or pie.
You've got a big day ahead today so don't delay too long however. Our recommended route is toe Boorowa to Wyangala Dam return circuit. This one's not for the feint-hearted: 154km; 2,000m climbing; and around 40-50km of gravel. But it's well worth it. There is a minor short-cut (on gravel) via the Mt Darling Road from near Wyangala Dam. This road could also be taken if you wanted to opt for more gravel heading up to Wyangala Dam - if you would like clearer directions for options, please contact info@CycleLifeHQ.com
The ride route doesn't include the detour to Wyangala Waters Holiday Park where there's a great kiosk. However this detour would add only 10km to your trip and you'll likely appreciate the milkshake or coffee en route! If relying on refuel here though, please be sure to call ahead and confirm opening times.
Alternatively, the lovely locals at Frogmore, 26km into your journey, may be able to provide a modest morning tea for groups of modest size.
The ride will take you all day and we expect you'll return back to Boorowa quite tired. Enjoy a well-earned beverage on that gorgeous sweeping verandah of the Boorowa Hotel and reflect on the awesome ride of the day.
This evening, we recommend mixing things up by heading either to The Court House Hotel or Chinese Restaurant for dinner.
Another day of riding awaits. However, today isn't quite so epic, allowing you a more comfortable start to the day over coffee and breakfast at the Pantry on Pudman. Serving coffee from Bill's Beans roaster in nearby Orange, this is by far the best in town. The cafe opens at 8am weekdays and 9am on weekends.
Today, we recommend riding the Boorowa to Galong and Binalong circuit. This one's a 70km mix of gravel and sealed roads and will take you through some beautiful heritage townships of Galong and Binalong. You may be able to stop en route in Binalong for a coffee from the - sometimes open - cafe; or a banana and cold drink at the General Store. However, please check ahead on opening hours and availability. Otherwise, you may need to be self-sufficient for today's ride.
Depending on your ease of riding, and number of stops en route - it's worth the time to stroll the small townships - you should be back in Boorowa mid-afternoon. After a shower and refresh, why not take a stroll through the town's small boutique stores or along the Boorowa Boardwalk multi-use path beside the River.
For dinner options, you can select the third of the town's restaurants that you haven't yet experienced (Boorowa Hotel; the COurt House Hotel or Chinese Restaurant). Alternatively, you could grab a takeaway from the Boorowa Roundabout Family Cafe - kebabs, pizza, fish and chips and the like are the mainstay of the day. Maybe a beverage of choice from the local IGA and liquor store and you've got a perfect night in back on the Boorowa Hotel verandah.
Today is check-out and head home again.
Depending which way you're headed, we can recommend a coffee stop and brunch at the Green Ivy Cafe in Harden, or the Merino Cafe in Gunning.