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Moderate
Activities
  • 6 days self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 6 nights hotel/inn accommodation

Price

7 daysfrom

$1850AUD

Trip Code: SJB

South Coast Cycle Trip highlights


  • Enjoy the independence of self-guided cycling with all logistics taken care of for you
  • Visit the Kiama Blowhole
  • Explore the charming town of Berry and sample the excellent food it has on offer
  • Take in the stunning scenery and beaches of NSW's South Coast
  • Explore Seven Mile Beach
  • Cycling along beautiful backroads lined with Eucalyptus and Farmlands
  • View the rich marine life of Jervis Bay including Hump Back Whales (in season)

With its combination of dedicated cycle ways and scenic roads, the coastline south of Sydney offers cyclists a diverse array of attractions to explore at handlebar level. Breathtaking beaches, vineyards, award winning restaurants, pretty towns and dramatic coastal scenery characterise this 6 day cycle trip from the outskirts of Sydney to Jervis Bay. Beginning in Otford, on the edge of the Royal National Park, the route hugs the coast, taking in the impressive Sea Cliff Bridge, suspended over the Pacific Ocean. Following a dedicated cycle way to Wollongong, the route then continues to Kiama and its famous Blowhole before cycling to the historic town of Berry. Further south the quiet rural roads, with grazing cows and vineyards are replaced by the buzz of Huskisson and the white sands of Jervis Bay. A full day has been set aside to explore Jervis Bay by bike, taking in Hyams Beach and the cliffs of Booderee National Park where humpback whales can be seen during the May to September whale migration season. The benefits of a self guided cycle holiday can not be underestimated as you dictate your timetable, setting out at a slow or fast pace, stopping where you like and really absorbing the atmosphere of the region. With your bags transferred each day, all you need to do is make your way between hotels at your own pace and celebrate a sense of achievement on travelling under your own steam.

Itinerary

Make your way to Otford, just over an hour by train from the centre of Sydney. On arrival you will be met by our representative who will hand over your bike and take your luggage. The cycle begins with a short ascent before you take in the coast on a superb stretch of road including the Sea Cliff Bridge suspended over the Pacific Ocean. From Thirroul, a popular seaside suburb and surf beach made popular by English author D. H. Lawrence route you follow a cycleway hugging the coast all the way to the heart of Wollongong. There are plenty of cafes overlooking the coast to stop for a cold drink, an ice-cream or a coffee. Overnight Wollongong

Meals:  Nil

The cycle today continues along the spectacular coast, passing beautiful beaches and the outskirts of Wollongong. Enroute you can visit the Nan Tien Temple, one of the largest Buddhist Temples in the Southern Hemisphere. You can stop here for a tea break and explore the temple, paying respect to the Buddha's and lighting the incense available. Back on the bikes the route takes you past Lake Illawarra from where you head into the hilly environs of Kiama, via Bombo. Kiama is in a stunning setting and famous for it's coastal cliffs and blowholes that we can visit tomorrow. We spend the night in Kiama, where there is a choice of pubs and restaurants to choose from for dinner.

Meals:  Nil

Kiama is a wonderful area to explore with rugged coastal cliffs making for a lovely walk, spectacular surf beaches, ancient rainforest and the famous blowholes. After a leisurely breakfast, you can head down to the coastline to visit the famous Kiama Blowhole. The name Kiama allegedly means “where the sea makes a noise”. When you see the blowholes it will become obvious why. On a good day, it can spray water 20 metres or more into the air. After some time spent exploring the area it is back to the bikes for the cycle to Gerringong. The cycle starts out on the highway for a few kilometres until you reach the turnoff to Gerringong. (If you wish to avoid the highway section you will need to catch the train from Kiama to Gerrigong or alternatively walk the coastal route with your bikes transferred to Gerringong - subject to tides and must be prebooked). From Gerringong, you'll descend into Gerroa which has marvellous coastal views and is a nice place to stop for a coffee and refuelling before crossing the Crooked River, and cycling past Seven Mile beach. This 12.5km stretch of white sandy beach is one of the longest beach stretches found on the Southern Coast and was used by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith as a runway for the first commercial flight from Australia to New Zealand. It is a great spot for a break and swim before you continue inland to Berry, your destination for the night. After lunch sampling the fine local produce we can recommend heading to the Drawing Room Rocks walk in the afternoon.

Meals:  B

A spectacular cycling day today which can be done at a leisurely pace. After breakfast, we recommend you take some time to explore Berry before you start the relatively flat cycle to Nowra. There’s not much climbing today, so it’s a nice easy ride on a quiet road. There are a number of sites you can stop and take in including Coolangatta Estate winery and Two Figs Winery (check opening times - usually from late morning), then follow the Shoalhaven River and cross over it into Nowra where you can stop for lunch or a coffee. Nowra is the largest coastal town in the Shoalhaven region, surrounded by rich farmland and vineyards, perfect for exploring at handlebar level. Only a short distance from the delightful centre lies the stunning beaches of the NSW South Coast. An optional loop is recommended to Greenwell Point, past dairy farms and the Shoalhaven River following a flat road. The small fishing town is famous for its fresh seafood and thriving trawler fleet. Relax in town, sample oysters and take a walk along the Crookhaven River, before returning to your accommodation in Nowra.

Meals:  B

The cycle today heads away from the coast, through south Nowra toward the aerodrome. You may wish to make an optional stop at the Fleet Air Museum. It is well worth a visit, and has around 30 aircraft on display, a basic helicopter simulator which you can have a go on, and more. From here it’s a ride along a beautiful back road featuring classic Australian bush scenery with eucalyptus trees and farmlands either side. You then cross the highway and head back towards the coast and the run into the bustling coastal town of Huskisson and nearby Jervis Bay. The beaches here are a must-visit, the beach sand is some of the whitest sand found anywhere in the world!

Meals:  Nil

Its recommended to begin early on this cycle route as the road can get quite busy, particularly in the holiday season. The loop cycle takes you first along the foreshore from Huskisson through to Vincentia on a dedicated cycle route with almost constant views of the bay. Continuing through Jervis Bay National Park, there is an option to take an offroad short cut or continue on the paved road which takes you all the way to Murrays beach at the southern end of Jervis Bay. Enroute you can stop at Hyams Beach, said to have the whitest sand in the world and sights which can be reached via walking tracks such as 'Hole in the Wall', Governor Head Lookout and the ruins of the Cape St George Lighthouse. During whale watching season, walk out to the cliffs to spot humpback whales. Murrays Beach is a beach within the Booderee National Park, ideal for swimming and relaxing. Return to Huskisson for overnight accommodation.

Meals:  Nil

The Jervis Bay Marine Park is teaming with a vast array of marine life including bottle nose Dolphins and in the season, hump back whales. You can use this morning to take a dolphin watching cruise around Jervis Bay (or join a whale watching tour if you're travelling between mid-May to mid-November). The trip concludes today in Huskisson. Return by local bus to the train station at Bomaderry where there are services to Sydney (change at Kiama). Alternatively, we can arrange a private transfer back to Otford.

Meals:  Nil


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

  • 6 nights accommodation in hotels on a twin share basis with private facilities
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Hybrid bike hire including helmet, bike lock, handlebar bag and pannier (electric bikes can be hired for an additional supplement - limited amount available, must be prebooked)
  • Route information available to download through our app
  • Luggage transfers

  • Travel to Otford and from Huskisson
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, car parking, towel etc
  • Travel insurance
  • All meals (except for 2 breakfasts)
  • Whale/dolphin cruise in Jervis Bay
  • Phone handlebar mount

Bike information


Accommodation


Grading

Moderate  
5

This self guided trip involves 6 days of cycling over undulating terrain. Daily cycle distances are between 27 to 58km, which should take between 3-6 hours although this might be longer depending on your overall pace on riding a bike with a pannier. Being a self guided trip you determine the pace and schedule. The cycling will be on a mix of bike paths and quiet roads. There are some short, unavoidable sections where you will cycle along the highway. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health and be a very confident and capable cyclist. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions which can also add to the timing and comfort of a trip, for example riding into a head wind will take more time than when the wind is behind you. Electric bikes are available for a supplement which adjusts the grading of this trip to Introductory to Moderate.


Departure dates

Daily departures (except 20 Dec to 10 Jan)

Notes

DN1
A seasonal supplement applies for departures in November, December, January and February and during NSW school holidays/public holidays. Please contact us for details as the supplement is in addition to the advertised price.
DN2
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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Total Priceper person from

$1850AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementAUD$750
*Prices listed are per person and also from

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Sydney to Jervis Bay 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

The easiest way to get to Thirroul is by car. If you are coming from Sydney the drive is around 1.5 hours.

You can also take the train from Sydney to Thirroul. This is a 90 minute journey

You can catch a local bus to Bomaderry, then a connecting train to Thirroul.

Alternatively, we can arrange a transfer between Huskisson and Thirroul. Please speak with our staff for more details.

Yes, you need to be a capable cyclist. You will cover up to 58km in a day and you will need to be confident cycling on roads. There are some unavoidable sections where you will need to cycle along the highway so you will need to be confident cycling on the road.

Yes, if you prefer to bring your own bike you can. Please speak with our staff about this at the time of booking and a small discount will be applied.


South Coast Cycle Trip reviews


Why cycle with us

SELF GUIDED EXPERTS

As the pioneers of self guided active travel in Australia you can expect a seamless experience. Our quality tour notes and logistical expertise sets us apart and ensures a quality experience for you.

TRUSTED LOCAL ADVICE

Our team is passionate about cycling and their extensive knowledge and experience means you get the very best advice - every time. We will help you tailor the right cycling itinerary for you.

Quality services

Expect first-class and flexible support both on and off the trail. We've sourced the highest quality bikes and most authentic accommodations so you can enjoy a stress free cycling trip.


Positive Impact Travel

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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