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Moderate
Activities
  • 6 days cycling
Accommodation
  • 7 nights hotels/ inns
Meals
  • 6 Lunches
  • 3 Breakfasts

8 DaysUSD

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


 
 
Trip Code: CWP

Central West Self Guided Cycle Trip highlights


  • Enjoy the independence of cycling and navigating the route, with a support vehicle as backup
  • Cycle through the picturesque pasturelands of Central West NSW
  • Uncover the region's 19th century gold rush history in Gulgong
  • Discover charming rural towns and settlements.
  • Appreciate the camaraderie of the cycle with a group of like minded travellers

The newly established Central West Trail takes cyclists on a loop through New South Wales' Central West Region. There is everything you would expect from rural Australia including sweeping views, lonely roads and charming towns packed with character. The route traverses the territory of the Wiradjuri people, the first nations people of this area. It is also an area significant to Australia's more recent past, as it is within these vast landscapes that the burgeoning colony's prosperity was built, first with gold, then upon the sheep's back. Today, relics of this areas lucrative pioneering history remain in the many interesting towns and villages that exude the laconic humour, charm, and hospitality for which rural Australia is famous. While the aesthetic may not have changed much in the last 100 years the region has adapted, playing to its strengths, with an abundance of food, drink and accommodation options that are big on quality but low on pretense. During the trip, an escort vehicle and driver will ensure you have peace of mind as you make your way between towns. Picnic lunches will be prepared during the cycle day and our representative offers daily briefings and dinner suggestions. Otherwise, you are free to cycle at your own pace and take in the ever-changing landscape of grazing country, national park' and reserves. We have handpicked accommodation in a combination of country pubs with shared bathrooms and family run motels with private facilities, with friendly hosts and tasty food options. The sense of achievement as you roll into Gulgong to close the loop on the last cycle day is a true highlight on this groundbreaking cycle trail.


The town of Gulgong really emerged after gold was discovered at Red Hill in 1870. For a brief time the town blossomed and this heritage has remained intrinsic to the town’s identity. After settling into your accommodation we recommend that you stroll around the characterful town centre and visit the numerous listed buildings and museums. Not to be missed is the Holtermann Museum’s UNESCO listed photo collection, which provides visitors a fascinating visual insight into the region’s early colonial history. The Pioneer Museum is also highly recommended, hosting an enormous, well presented collection of items providing insight into days of old.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you will meet with our representative who will provide a briefing of the days route and carry the luggage. He will also provide you with the option of morning or afternoon coffee/tea during the day. Today's route takes you from the historic town of Gulgong, the Wiradjuri word for deep waterhole to Dunedoo. On route to Gulgong the road is generally well graded with some excellent sweeping rural views, good shade and bird life such as flocks of Galahs, Choughs and Magpies. Shortly before the tiny settlement of Birrawa, stop for homemade scones or lunch (own expense), hosted at the lovely Mayfield Farm (by appointment- cash only) before pushing on to your destination. Before European settlement, Dunedoo and the surrounding area was occupied by the Gamilaroi and Wiradjuri peoples and the town’s name is derived from a local Aboriginal word for ‘swan’ which are common in the area's lagoons. On rolling into the town, be sure to take a look at the towns newest attraction, some "Silo Art". Painted on the towns old grain storages is a larger than life mural of the champion race horse Winx and her jockey, local Hugh Bowman. ascent: 250m descent: - 324m

Meals:  L

After a local breakfast, you set out this morning towards Mendooran. There are two choices of route today, either west towards Cobbora or north via Digilah Station. Both have sections on dirt roads, although the alternate route via towards Cobbora is rougher and longer. Emerging from the forest you will soon arrive in Mendooran, a small rural village and the oldest town on the Castlereagh River. Murals are dotted around town (an opportunity to explore on foot) which depict the history of the area. If you fancy something a little different and time is on your side why not take a trip out to the Black Gate Distillery, on the southern side of town, to sample their whiskeys and rum (by appointment only). ascent: 234/360m descent: -281m/-335m

Meals:  B,L

Part of the route today takes you through the Goonoo Conservation Area. Made up of mainly box-ironbark-callitris woodland with patches of mallee, it is designated as an 'Important Bird Area' supporting an isolated population of the vulnerable malleefowl as well as populations of diamond firetails and painted honeyeaters. Also keep an eye and an ear out for glossy black-cockatoos, Gilbert's whistlers, and the easternmost population of yellow-plumed honeyeaters. The route through the conservation area is sandy in patches and can be very muddy after rain. Caution is recommended. Today's destination of Ballimore is a small town of less than 200 people and a great example of the settlements that sprang up around the railway sidings along this crucial piece of economic infrastructure. ascent: 199m descent: 241m

Meals:  B,L

The first stage of the route takes you through prime agricultural and pastoral country where, depending on the time of year and water available, you many encounter fields full of crops such as canola, wheat, oats or other cereals. The area is also popular for livestock farming. We can stop for scones and tea in Wongarbon, before continuing on to Dubbo taking a route which follows the Mitchell highway for small sections before entering Dubbo through the quiet backroads. There is plenty to do and see in Dubbo including the world renown Western Plain Zoo, Old Dubbo Gaol or Dundullimal Homestead. Dubbo is also a major base for the Royal Flying Doctor Service an aerial medical service that acts as a crucial lifeline for the people of rural and remote Australia. A visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Visitor Experience is recommended. ascent: 266m descent: 310

Meals:  B,L

The route this morning heads out past the Western Plains Zoo and the Dubbo Pioneers Cemetery, meandering along a quiet old road vaguely following the course of the Macquarie River. Reaching the small town of Geurie, with its cafe, the route then takes you over Mount Arthur Reserve followed by a freewheeling descent into Wellington. Set upon the banks of the Macquarie River, the township of Wellington was an important colonial settlement for Christian missionaries, pastoralists and those seeking their fortune on the nearby gold fields. ascent: 415m descent: 449m

Meals:  L

A big cycle day today. Today's route takes you through picturesque pastoral country where serenity understates the importance of the history, and modern prosperity, of Australia. These lands provided the stage for the establishment and success of the Australian wool industry, a commodity long referred to as the 'Golden Fleece' on account of its value. The route is a steady ascent to Mt Bodangora followed by an undulating route to Goolma. We'll take a lunch break in this small town at a local hall with the opportunity to charge e-bikes and catch our breath for the final stage of the cycle. The route continues past pastoral land with some small ups and downs to the starting point, Gulgong. A celebratory dinner is in order this evening. ascent: 613m descent: 442m

Meals:  L

This morning the trip concludes after check out from our motel.

Meals:  Nil


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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

  • 6 nights in twinshare accommodation - motels with private bathrooms (3 nights) and simple hotels with shared bathroom (3 nights)
  • 3 breakfasts - basic continental style
  • picnic lunch on cycle days (option to have lunch at a rural property is available on two days - additional cost applies)
  • tea / coffee stop on cycle days prepared by escort driver
  • E-bike hire
  • Navigational App and route maps
  • daily luggage transfers by escort vehicle
  • Escort driver who provides daily briefings, assists cyclists along the route, prepares picnic lunches and offers dinner suggestions

  • Travel to/ from Gulgong
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, car parking, towel etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not listed as included including lunches at rural properties, snacks and morning tea along the route

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Luggage transfer is included in the cost of the trip. A discount is provided if you would like to carrry your own gear in the panniers provided.

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Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Central West Trail Supported 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.

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