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Activities
  • 6 days self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights hotel/inn accommodation
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 5 Breakfasts

8 Days$USD

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


 
 
Trip Code: STK

Sea to Kosciuszko Cycle Trip highlights


  • Enjoy the independence of self-guided cycling with all logistics taken care of for you
  • Cycle through picturesque countryside in southern NSW
  • Climb to the highest point in Australia that's accessible by road
  • Discover some of the prettiest scenery in NSW

Cycle from the sea to the flanks of the highest point in Australia on this exciting cycle journey that takes you from the seaside town of Tathra to Koscuiszko National Park. While there are some steep and sustained sections during the route, you'll be both exhilarated and excited by the many varied experiences along the way. Offering an incredible diversity of scenery and passing through some of the prettiest towns in NSW, this is an epic cycle route you'll remember for years to come. From the beautiful Sapphire Coast you'll cycle through the outskirts of Bega with its many dairy farms and meander pretty forest tracts to Wyndham. Continuing on over Mount Darrah you'll enter the Monaro region with its historic properties and rolling hills where you'll likely see kangaroos, anteaters and a variety of birds as you pedal along. Reaching the alpine zone adds a further dimension to this scenic journey. At Jindabyne you'll settle into the mountain culture and prepare for the last push to either cycle or hike to to the top of Koscuiszko (2,228 metres) for a fitting conclusion to this uplifting sea to summit experience.


On arrival in Jindabyne, you will be transferred to the start of the cycle in the seaside town of Tathra, located on the NSW south coast (journey time around 3hrs). After checking into your hotel you are free to explore this area, there are some nice walks along with the Mimosa Rocks and Bournda National Parks surrounding the town. You may wish to taste some of the freshest oysters you are likely to ever come across!

Meals:  Nil

After a relaxing breakfast you start the day's cycle, one of the more gentler stages of the trip. A little climb then downhill run greets us as we exit Tathra following the dedicated cycle route for about 5km to Kalaru. Our route takes us to the outskirts of Bega before we join the main highway for a short stint. The rest of the route is on delightful backroads passing by dairy farms and grazing countryside. A final stage of approximately 4km takes us along a dirt road with the views and scents typical of the idyllic countryside. Our destination is a beautifully restored school house which is now a B&B. Alternatively a farm stay in a delightful location near Candelo (discount applies). Either way, dinner tonight will be a lovely home-cooked meal, overlooking some beautiful countryside. There are plenty of birds and rambling grounds to roam in. Check in is from 3pm. Bega Alternative Route If you are starting from Bega you have a few options today. You can take a long route (66km, +909m, -805m - challenging) along an unsealed road which meets up with the coast road and takes you into Tathra beach from the north. The route then continues from Tathra beach and follows the route above. A shorter option is to cycle directly from Bega (28.6km) whilst another option is to cycle to Tathra beach and return the same route to continue your cycle to South Wolumla/Candelo (55.6km).

Meals:  D

A breakfast with all the trimmings awaits you this morning. We pass through the cute little town of Candelo – they have a terrific café and general store, so if you want to refill your water bottle, or get an excellent coffee, then it’s worth the stop. We then head up over Myrtle Mountain. This mountainous section of the road passes through beautiful thick forest with palms lining the sides of the road. Once we reach the top it's all downhill here to tonight's stop near the town of Wyndham, located in the Bega Shire.

Meals:  B

This morning we will be heading up over Mount Darragh. It’s a long climb, not too steep a gradient but it’ll be a while before you are free-wheeling again. While the ascent is long, the sounds of the forest birds will keep you going. There are a few points along the way to stop for a breather. Descending through the forest and into open farmland, the next stop is the little village of Cathcart, where the main general store is a nice place to get an ice-cream and re hydrate (opening hours can vary). The rest of the ride from here is relatively straightforward along the Mount Darragh Road to the town of Bombala located on the Bombala River. The name Bombala derives from an Aboriginal word meaning "Meeting of the waters". If you get here early enough, a great stop is the Bombala Platypus Reserve. It’s 4.2km from the centre of town, but it’s well worth the visit. There is a raised platform which provides great viewing, and late afternoon (or early morning) is the best time to see them. Alternatively, wander along the riverside walk next to town on the Bombala River where it is relatively common to see a platypus at dusk and dawn.

Meals:  Nil

There are two options for the first section of your cycle today. Either along the Monaro Highway or along a quiet back road with 14 kms of unsurfaced road. In good weather we recommend the latter. Heading out from Bombala on a beautifully quiet road takes us past sheep and cattle stations. Along the way the road transitions from bitumen to gravel. There are a number of cattle grids, so be careful crossing these. Dismounting would be the wise option. You will be riding with sheep and cattle around to keep you company. Reaching the Snowy River Way, the route ascends to a wind farm before a gradual descent to our farm stay accommodation – you will be able to cook on the BBQ and enjoy the fabulous views.

Meals:  B,D

The route today takes you firstly to the crossroads town of Dalgety set on the mighty Snowy River. Stop for a refreshment at the pub or general store before continuing on the alternative route to Jindabyne. There are a couple of climbs before you see the lake. The main one being quite steep – it’s Beloka Hill, and is bound to give the lungs a bit of a workout. With its gradient being quite tough, its common for cyclists to walk some sections, unless you are on an e-bike which will have you at the top in no time. Once you get to the top of Beloka, you have a nice descent, then a couple of climbs before you descend to Lake Jindabyne and your lakeside accommodation.

Meals:  B

You have the challenge today of riding your bike as high as Charlotte Pass. An early start is advised. It has an elevation of 1,837 metres, and is as high as you can ride your bike on a public road in Australia. It’s a long steady climb, not too steep, and you will pass through Smiggins Hole and Perisher Valley villages en route. These are good places to refill your water bottle and have a snack. Once you reach the top, you have the option to continue by bike (mountain bike or hybrid bike only) to Rawsons pass, a further 400m of ascent over 7.6km and then continue on foot to the top of Mt Kosciuszko (2228m), a further 1.4km walk. Returning to Charlotte Pass, it’s a fun descent back down the mountain, with only a couple of bumps to wake the legs before you arrive back in Jindabyne. If you prefer not to make the cycle up to Charlotte's Pass, we can arrange a transfer for you and your bike which would make the ascent of Kosciuszko much more achievable. Speak to us for details.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes this morning after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Map

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

  • 5 breakfasts - continental (hot breakfast on at least 3 days), 2 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with private facilities on most nights
  • Navigational App and route maps
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Transfer from Jindabyne to Tathra on day 1

  • Travel to and from Jindabyne
  • 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
  • Phone handlebar mount
  • Bicycle hire including helmet and pannier
  • Kosciuszko National Park Entry Fee - $6.60pp (subject to change)
  • scenic chairlift pass Thredbo (from $45) - if applicable

Accommodation


Departure dates

Daily from 10 October to 20 April

Notes

Note:
A high season supplement applies during school holidays and Christmas/New Years period. Please contact us for details as the rates vary with availablility.
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Please note, when we book your accommodation some hotels may request a deposit/full payment to secure your booking. This amount will be payable, in addition to the Australian Cycle Tours deposit. Any extra payments, along with the $400 deposit, are non-refundable.
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Early and late season departures may encounter snow or ice on the alpine section of the route. Accommodation upgrade options are available on some nights. Please ask your reservations consultant for details. A twin share supplement may apply on some nights.
DN4
This cycle trip can be done in reverse. See our trip Cycle Kosciuszko to the Sea (KTP)

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Total Priceper person from

$USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Transfer from Jindabyne to Charlotte's Pass - including bike (2 pax, pp)USD$80
  • Standard Bike Rental with panniers and helmetUSD$690
  • Electric Bike rental with panniers and helmetUSD$1090
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Sea to Kosciuszko 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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