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Activities
  • 3 day self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 3 nights Premium B&B / Boutique Hotel
Meals
  • 1 Dinner
  • 2 Breakfasts

4 DaysUSD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: CVE

Capertee Valley Trip highlights


  • Cycle through the outstanding scenery of the Capertee Valley, an area of timeless beauty
  • Delight in the local wines and food of the region
  • Experience pedalling through the countryside, passing vineyards and farms en route
  • Take an interesting route along quiet country roads accompanied by birdsong
  • Enjoy the independence of self guided cycling with all logistics taken care of for you
  • Spend the night in comfortable B&Bs with friendly hosts

Surrounded by World Heritage listed wilderness such as the Wolemi and the Gardens of Stone National Parks, the Capertee Valley is the world's widest and longest enclosed valley - 1km wider than the Grand Canyon. Entering the canyon by bike, the spectacular views of the impressive Pantoneys Crown, standing proudly alone, and the rocky escarpment framing the canyon are ample reward for your pedalling efforts. This view inspired Henry Lawson who wrote about the valley in his poem, “Song of the Old Bullock Driver”. Along with the escarpment, the timeless beauty of the valley is punctuated by interesting rock formations including conical volcanic peaks like Tyan Pic. The area is recognised internationally as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and a habitat of the endangered Regent Honeyeater. Capertee is within the traditional country of the Wirrdjuri people. It was discovered by Europeans seeking fortunes in the mining of shale oil. The abandoned town of Glen Davis paints the history of that time and is a worthy diversion on the cycle route. Leaving the valley behind the route takes you through Kandos, whose limestone became the basis for a booming cement factory in the 20th Century. Continuing on to Rylstone, the pretty main street has gourmet food options, while the nearby vineyards offer opportunity for the tasting of premium wines. The last leg of the cycle is along a quiet, undulating road through classic rural scenes all the way to Mudgee where the trip concludes. At night stay in hand picked premium B&B's on two nights, and a boutique hotel in Mudgee. The accommodation is a highlight of the trip with friendly hosts and great views, ensuring cyclists are well looked after. With your luggage transferred, all you need to do is pedal your e-bike, listen to the birdsong in the air and take in the outstanding scenery.


Make your own way to Mudgee and check in to your boutique accommodation. You can spend the afternoon strolling through the charming streets of town. Mudgee is known for its old world charm, colonial buildings and many fine wineries surrounding the town. It is a wonderful place to explore before your cycling starts tomorrow. Overnight Mudgee

Meals:  Nil

This morning you will be met by our representative and fitted with an e-bike, then transferred to the small village of Capertee. Surrounded by the World Heritage listed wilderness of the Wollemi, the Capertee Valley is the world's second largest canyon. Dominating the vistas are dramatic sandstone cliffs which form the perimeter of the canyon and add to the pleasure of cycling in this valley with a rich birdlife and picturesque rural landscape. Cycling into the valley, the quiet road is ideal for listening out for bird song while catching glimpses of the outstanding views including the Gardens of Stone National Park where Pantoneys Crown stands as a sentinel rising to a flat tabletop. Descending further into the valley, the canyon widens dramatically and flattens out, as you cycle past grazing land. There is an option to cycle to Glen Davis, an abandoned Shale Oil mining town which at its peak had over 2000 residents. There is evidence of the past with shopfronts showcasing goods available last century, while the setting is impressive literally surrounded by the canyon walls. A picnic area is ideal for taking a rest break. Continuing on the road becomes dirt for some stages (though road work could change this imminently). With the rocky peaks high above the scenery never gets dull as you make your way to your deluxe B&B with a friendly host awaiting. Watch the sun go down from your terrace and take in the night skies before enjoying a gourmet meal. Ascent: 414m, Descent: 674m

Meals:  D

This morning takes you on a mixture of sealed and dirt roads, quite potholed so care is required. The route gradually ascends out of the valley before a fabulous stretch taking you all the way to the wide roads of Kandos, set beneath Cumber Melon Mountain. The town was established in the early 1900's around the production of cement, said to be the foundation of Sydney's building boom. From here you follow a dedicated cycle route all the way to the town of Rylstone with its excellent restaurants, wineries and interesting shops. Visit Naked Lady Vineyard and the De Beaurepaire Vineyard just outside Rylstone and sample their award winning wines. Overnight Rylstone.: 377m, Descent: 337m

Meals:  B

Today takes you along a sealed backroad all the way to Mudgee. Along the route, the rolling countryside will offer a distraction from the small hills you encounter, while the town of Lue is a great midway rest stop, with its classic country pub and soon to be cafe. As you get closer to Mudgee, the farming changes to vineyards, before you roll into the centre of this charming town, where the trip concludes. Please ask us about overnight options if you are planning to extend your stay. Ascent: 330m Descent: 509m

Meals:  B


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Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation (2 nights deluxe B&B, 1 boutique hotel)
  • Meals: one 2 course dinner including a glass of wine / beer, 2 breakfasts (1 continental, 1 cooked breakfast)
  • E-bike hire including helmet and panniers
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Navigational App and maps
  • GPX tracks available on request
  • Transfer Mudgee to Capertee on day 2

  • Travel to Mudgee
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, car parking, towel etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not noted as included (restaurant suggestions are provided)

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Departure dates

Daily departures Sunday to Thursday

Notes

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Please note, high season supplements may apply during NSW school holidays.

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Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Capertee Valley in Comfort Self Guided Cycle trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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