This one's for either gravel grinders or mountain bikers; as a slightly shorter and smoother alternative than the longer endurance ride of the Three National Parks which ventures further south and along more fire trails.
This one sticks to slightly better quality gravel roads - some super smooth and comfortable; others which might push boundaries a little but are well worth it!
You'll enjoy stunning forests through the Tallaganda State Forest and then our favourite section of this ride - along Jerrabuttgulla Road through lush green forests of manferns and lyrebirds; before a relatively easy ride back home to Captain's Flat once you hit Anembo Road and the Jerangle/Captain's Flat Roads.
On leaving Captain's Flat, you'll take the third right onto South Forest Way and then onto White Ash Road. At the end of White Ash Road, turn left onto the Flat Range Fire Trail, and then left to follow Bald Peak Road. At the next junction you'll take a right onto Jerrabutgulla Road and head up through the beautiful forests of the Tallaganda State Forest and Jerrabuttgulla Flora Reserve. This section of the ride is quite special.
Continue along the Jerrabuttgulla Road as it merges in to become the Anembo Road. The Amenbo Road is of very good gravel quality - relatively wide and very smooth surface. You'll soon start to enter into farmlands with sweeping countryside vistas and a few homesteads before reaching the Captain's Flat/Jerangle Road which you'll follow right back into Captain's Flat again.
This one's a good option for the intermediate gravel grinder. Most of the route is quite comfortable for gravel bikes though there are just a few sections that are a bit rougher and rockier. These sections are a short section along the Flat Range Fire Trail once you reach the end of White Ash Road; and along Bald Peak Road. The alternative here is to avoid Bald Peak Road by turning left at the junction from the end of Flat Range Fire Trail. However by doing this, you'll miss the ride along Jerrabuttgulla Road and the Jerrabuttgulla Flora Reserve which, in our humble opinion, is possibly the most spectacular part of this ride! We recommend that the small hardship along Bald Peak Road is worth the reward.
This route starts and ends in Captain's Flat. You can park your car and ride straight from the Captain's Flat Hotel (if staying or eating here). Alternatively, there's plenty of parking at the public sports ground, together with public toilets and picnic/BBQ facilities.
FOOD AND DRINK
Bring plenty of water and something to refuel along the way because you're out here on your own!
Our recommended picnic spot is at the small creek crossing (and informal campsite) which you'll find at around the 44km mark, towards the end of Bald Creek Road.
You can team up with your mtb friends for their Three National Parks adventure and your Tallaganda National Park adventure. Both rides follow many of the same roads; with an extension by mtb which traverses some more challenging terrain further south.
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