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.
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!
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.
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