Cycling

Narooma to Dalmeny Cycle Path

Cycling NaroomaThe most scenic cycleway on the South Coast recently completed and linking Apex Park at the eastern end of the Mill Bay Boardwalk with the Dalmeny shops.

Total distance is around six kilometres, and links up with the existing cycleway to Forsters Bay and also the cycleway to Rotary Park. The photographs show some of the highlights along the way.

Formed cycle tracks are intended from the main track to the headlands so cyclists and walkers can enjoy the scenery along this most beautiful part of the New South Wales South Coast.

Start from Apex Park

Ride north along Centenary Drive from Apex Park until you come to Dalmeny Drive. Turn left and cycle to the Princes Highway, a distance of about one kilometre.

Although this ride involves riding on the Princes Highway for about one and a half kilometres, there is a shoulder, and it should be possible to keep out of the way of vehicles. Keep in mind though that the highway can be very busy during the main holiday seasons.

After one and a half kilometres from Dalmeny Drive and the Eco Motel, turn left into Kianga Forest Road. You will be greeted by a long hill. Persevere for about ten minutes - the road levels out.  There are a couple of forest roads on your right - the first is Bell Ridge Road, the second is Red Knob Road. Ignore both of those.

To the lookout

About half a kilometre from Red Knob Road, there is a junction. Box Cutting Road is on the right, but for now go straight ahead to the Harold Buckeridge Lookout - there's a sign to the lookout. It's a bit over one kilometre along this road. The lookout is at the end of the road at the TV mast. There is a viewing platform, and this provides excellent views of Narooma below, with its waterways, and views of Montague Island. Retrace your route back to Box Cutting Road and turn left.

A walk in the rainforest

About one kilometre from the road to the lookout, there is a rainforest walk. This is a credit to Forests NSW and to the Green Corp who constructed the track through this forest. By taking this track, you will be able to appreciate the typical rainforest of the south coast.

There is a sign on the left marking the beginning of the walk. Although the track is under one kilometre in length, allow at least half an hour to enjoy it. The track can be wet, and is very fragile. Please don't ride along this track, but keep it in good condition so others after you can enjoy it too.

The Scenic Drive

Back on Box Cutting Road again, and after about another kilometre, there's an intersection. The road ahead is Tobacco Pinch Road, but turn left into Scenic Drive.

The Wagonga picnic area

You now have a fast three and a half kilometre downhill run before the next hill - which is nothing too big, just a gentle climb for another two kilometres until you come to the turnoff to the Wagonga Picnic Area on the bank of the Wagonga Inlet. This makes an ideal spot for refreshments.

There are barbecues there, and a water tank. There are a couple of short tracks from the picnic tables to the waters edge. The remains of the old jetty are still there, but this area no longer accommodates the large steamers it did during the latter part of the 1800s.

Wagonga wharf

Go back to the Scenic Drive, turn left and ride about half a kilometre to the new wharf. Again, there are picnic tables there and benches. They're a good excuse to linger and take in the water views.

To Central Tilba

Back on the Scenic Drive again. After nearly five kilometres you will come to a relatively open area, the occasional farm, and then a large wooden bridge and road junction. The road ahead returns to Narooma along the Scenic Road. Don't take that one but turn right. This will take you to Central Tilba.

After about another five kilometres you will come to the Mount Dromedary turnoff. The ride to Mount Dromedary is described under Ride 11 starting from Central Tilba. Continue on for another three kilometres to the next junction. To the left is Ridge Road, and that's the one that will take you back to Narooma. For now, turn right. Central Tilba is five kilometres from this point. Although there are some hills, they are not very severe.

The Tilba area

On your approach to Central Tilba, take in everything this area has to offer - the green fields, small farms, distant views of the ocean, and the colours of Central Tilba. The colours are provided by the weatherboard shops and houses, the Jacaranda trees and other exotics growing in the village.

Back to Narooma

The ride back to Narooma along the Ridge Road will take you between one and one and a half hours, so you can calculate how long you can stay in Central Tilba. Most people can comfortably spend several hours in this historic village.

On your return to Narooma, retrace your route to the junction with the Scenic Drive. Go straight ahead - you will now be on Ridge Road for the next five kilometres. There are a few mild hills on your return, but they should not present any degree of difficulty.

You will come to a road junction. Ignore the signs, as they are misleading - intended as the shortest possible distance to Tilba along the highway. Turn left, go down the hill for about one kilometre. Cross Corunna Lake. You won't see much of the lake - here it's only an arm of the lake and a small narrow bridge. Climb the hill, and there is a sign on a farm fence 'Narooma 10 kms'.

Sounds of the bellbirds

Soon you will come to the bitumen road and the start of the bellbirds.

After six kilometre from the last turnoff, there is another major road junction. The road to the left goes to Mount Dromedary and the Scenic Road you were on earlier in the day. Keep going straight ahead, and Narooma is about four kilometres further on.

To Narooma

At the highway, turn left until you come to the Narooma Plaza on your right - there is a wide shoulder on the road on that section, so you should be able to keep out of the way of most vehicles.

Just opposite the plaza, look out for Davidson Street on your left. This is a short, steep road, so make sure your brakes work!

Around Forsters Bay

At the bottom of the hill, turn right, and soon you will pick up the Forsters Bay cycle track. Follow that to the Princes Highway, cross the road, go over the bridge, over the boardwalk, and you will be back at the start of your ride.

Information courtesy of Narooma Cycling

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