Distance
79.99 km
Ascent
861 m
Descent
1,512 m
Peak
741 m
Difficulty
Intermediate
Duration
1/2 day
Braidwood to Moruya

Family heading to the coast? Prefer to ride it than drive?

This one's for you! It's the perfect start to any trip to the coast, and a worthy bicycle trip in its own right.

Winding through the peaceful Deua and Monga National Parks, and following the Deua River Valley for what is predominantly a gentle descent, this one's a real treat.

Leaving Braidwood, you'll follow the sealed Araluen Road into the small township of Araluen. The road is paved for this section, and this is the steepest section of road you'll experience on this ride. On approach, the Araluen Valley opens up before you - a narrow pastureland dotted with small orchards and the homeground of renowned local celebrity author and gardener, Jackie French.

Not far beyond Araluen is where the road turns to gravel. However, it remains a good quality surface, though relatively narrow, to provide you that sense of seclusion and remoteness to really appreciate the beauty of the forests you pass through.

You remain in the National Parks, forest and gravel road pretty well right until you reach your final destination at Moruya.

 

TERRAIN

This one's a great gravel grind for all levels and abilities - so long as you have some degree of endurance under your belt. However, the road surface quality isn't too testing; and it's primarily a downhill run. Yes, there are some undulations; we'd by lying if we said you didn't need to do any work; but you'd also be disappointed if you arrived in Moruya not having earned your fish and chips and icecream by the seaside!

ACCESS

Head to Braidwood by car and grab a bite to eat; recommendations below.

FOOD AND DRINK

We recommend grabbing a bite to eat in Braidwood before setting off on your journey and what will be a great day ahead! Start it the right way for a truly memorable adventure, with a coffee and brunch at The Albion, and then grab a little something-to-go from Dojo bakery for a mid-ride picnic beside a trickling stream en-route. Stuff it in your jersey pocket to enjoy later :) There's nothing like a smashed roll to quench a mid-ride hunger!

There's a pub in Araluen mid-way along this ride, but otherwise no food or drink options en route; so be sure to bring any needed supplies with you.

 

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Fitness Level:
Low
Medium
High
Ultra Fit
Various
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Double Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Off-Road
Gravel Road
Trail Signage:
Excellent
Good
Average
Poor
Non Existant
Mobile Coverage:
Excellent
Good
Limited
Nil
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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