Attack of the buns is so called as it commences in Bungendore and finishes at Bundanoon. A three-day bike-pack, you might want to consider packing some buns to munch on over the course of the trail. And, you might find that your buns – of the rear-behind variety – are also strengthened along the way. An attack of the buns from multi-facets!
In any case, this is a beautiful ride for the gravel grinder or roadie, through some of NSW Tablelands’ most exquisite sclerophyll forests, sandy coastal woodlands and lush rainforest. A bit of everything as you criss cross in and out of National Park (Tallaganda and Morton National Parks), State Forest and Reserves.. The trail links three car-free forest trails with quiet gravel backroads and just a few short-paved sections. Scenery includes abundant wildlife, stunning sandstone rock formations and majestic cliffs.
Situated on the back doorstep of the nation’s capital city, this is a popular route with local bike-packers; and an easily accessible long-weekender. It’s definitely one for the nature-lovers; and a great escape. Sit back each night by the warmth of a campfire. Enjoy a morning cup of tea by the fire before you head out to enjoy the next day’s adventure.
This ride is predominantly wide, smooth fire trails and country roads that are car free. Did someone say gravel-grinders’ paradise? Yeah. The trial doesn’t require any technical skills, though you may encounter some overgrown sections in some areas, and just one relatively steep section which might see you needing to hike-your-bike.
We have you starting from BSpoke Bicycles and The Gathering, next door, in Bungendore for any last minute tune-ups and fuelling pre-departure; and finishing in Bundanoon.
The ride does require some transport logistics, either via car-shuffles between two drivers; some committed and loving friends/family members willing to help out; or via public transport.
The drive time direct from Bungendore to Bundanoon is about 1 and 1/2 hours, and 145km via the Hume Highway.
There are bus and train connections to both Bungendore and Bundanoon. Full details are available via NSW Transport: https://transportnsw.info/
FOOD AND DRINK
Attack of the buns passes through four small towns where you can get a meal and replenish some basic supplies. The first of these is Braidwood, at about 40km into the ride after leaving Bungendore; then Nowra around 100km later; and finally Kangaroo Valley before finishing in Bundanoon. Both Braidwood and Kangaroo Valley are quaint heritage townships where you’ll be able to find some great coffee options and meals. Nowra is a sizeable city of over 32,000 people and you can find here anything and everything you could possibly need, though with that that comes a lack of the same charm and character of Braidwood and Kangaroo Valley, and the relative hustle may come as a rude surprise after the peace and solitude of the trail. But that’s ok, because you’ll head back out of town on those trails again quickly enough.
Braidwood to Nowra is the longest stint without any resupply options. This section is 160km, so come prepared.
We recommend making the short detour to Tianjara Falls, as well as Renown Lookout and others. You’ll be well rewarded.
For non-campers, this one can easily be ridden with overnight stops in the townships along the way if a bit of comfort is your thing. You can still carry small panniers or backpack with a change of clothes or have a friend/family member meet you along the way by car.
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