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5
Moderate
Activities
  • 5 day Supported Cycle
Accommodation
  • motels and cabins

Price

6 daysfrom

$1850AUD

 
 
Trip Code: PWB

Warrumbungles and Pilliga Supported Cycle Trip highlights


  • Revel in the independence of cycling and navigating the route, with a support vehicle as backup
  • Experience a unique cycle route with the backdrop of the dramatic peaks of the Warrumbungles
  • Discover the Pilliga rock sculptures
  • Appreciate the timelessness of Gamilaroi Country
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of the cycle with a group of like minded travellers

Cycling offers a truly unique way to experience the dramatic peaks of the Warrumbungles, the dominant backdrop of this carefully planned route in north western NSW. The name ‘Warrumbungle’ is a Gamilaroi word meaning crooked mountains. Created over millions of years from an extinct shield volcano, the jagged volcanic silhouette of the Warrumbungles rises sharply from eucalypt-dotted ridges amid surrounding plains. Free from artificial light, the Warrumbungle National Park is Australia's first Dark Sky Park and on clear nights you will encounter the starriest of skies. From different perspectives, and taking in the surrounding countryside and classic rural towns, the route criss crosses its way between the Warrumbungle National Park and the Pilliga to the north. In the Pilliga, the wide landscapes are swapped for forest trails which envelop you in a timeless region. This is Gamillaroi Country and the place name is derived from their language meaning 'swamp oaks'. This area is teaming in biodiversity and is home to the largest koala population in NSW west of the Great Dividing Range. The rock sculptures of the Pilliga are a highlight as are the little known forest trails alive with birdlife. At night, you'll stay in an eclectic combination of cabins and rural motels where you will experience real country hospitality.

Itinerary

On arrival in Coonabarabran, make your way to the joining hotel. This evening we hope to do some star gazing, being close to Australia's first dark sky park.

Meals:  Nil

Heading west out of Coonabarabran we begin the tour and the day with a bit of a climb as we transverse the Warrumbungles National Park from east to west. This area has been a spiritual place for the custodians of this land, the Gamilaroi, the Wiradjuri and the Weilwan for thousands of years with the word 'warrumbungle' coming from the Gamillaroi meaning crooked mountain. After this climb it is a great descent down to the western plains and easy riding through the back blocks along country roads with superb views of the National Park in the distance arriving in the small town of Tooraweenah. Ascent 547m, Descent 679m

Meals:  L

This is a great day of cycling stopping at Emu Logic farm with the option to take a walk among the emus with the farmer and learn about emu farming practices on a commercial emu farm then visit the shop with a full range of products. As we cycle north we get views of the National Park and the Warrumbungles iconic rock formations created by vents of magma and lava flows. We then continue through farming and rural areas stopping for lunch with a great view across the plains to the north before getting back on the bikes for final leg into Baradine, an easy cycle along sealed roads. Ascent 291m, Descent 411m

Meals:  L

After two days of cycling in open country with broad horizons and what many describe as 'big sky country' today's ride is distinctly different. Shortly after leaving Baradine the horizon starts to close in as the Pilliga Forest begins to envelop you. It is a timeless region with these forests standing as they have for millennia. This is Gamillaroi Country and the place name is derived from their language meaning 'swamp oaks'. This area is teaming in biodiversity and significantly feeds clean water into the Great Artesian Basin the life blood for many Australian communities across a vast area of the Australian continent. The forest trails are not overly technical allowing you to take in the sense of place away from the modern world. We arrive for lunch deep within the forest and take a good walk around the 'Sculptures in the Scrub' before heading towards our destination for the night at Barkala Farm. This is a small creative community and appears almost like a mirage after a day cycling in the remote Pilliga. Ascent 433m, Descent 325m

Meals:  L

We take the opportunity for a more leisurely morning to relax and enjoy the location at Barkala Farm, have breakfast at the Blue Wren cafe and visit the pottery studio then cycle back to Baradine through the Pilliga with a slight variation to return to Baradine and, time permitting, we'll drop by at the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre. Ascent 233m, Descent 331m

Meals:  L

It's the last day of cycling but there is still some special pedalling ahead. We leave Baradine and again head down forest trails through the Yarrigan National Park or alternatively take a shorter easier route along the Gulargambone Baradine Road. We then head along the northern boundary of the Warrumbungles National Park along rural backroads with stunning views of the Warrumbungle peaks before returning into Coonabarabran. This evening, we recommend that you get tickets to see the 'night sky show' at Milroy Observatory. Ascent 620m, Descent 374m

Meals:  L

The trip concludes this morning.

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 in twinshare accommodation - motels and cabins with private and shared bathrooms
  • picnic lunch on cycle days
  • 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 Coonabarabran
  • 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 breakfast (available locally for purchase) and dinner

Bike information


Accommodation


Grading

Moderate  
5

This escorted self guided trip involves 5 days of cycling of between 59 and 88km per day, generally on bitumen or well graded dirt roads with daily ascents of 233m to 620m. Some sections of the daily cycles may have traffic, including trucks. Daily activity is usually between 5 and 7 hours but some days might be longer depending on your overall pace on riding. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health and be a 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. If you decided to bring your own bike and it is not an e-bike, the overall grading of the trip changes from moderate to challenging. Please ensure that your bike is fit for purpose - road bikes are not suitable for this trip unless they have been fitted with wider tread tyres. The best bike is a hybrid or a gravel bike.


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Total Priceper person from

$1850AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Discount for own bikeAUD$-229
  • Single SupplementAUD$440
*Prices listed are per person and also from

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Warrumbungles and Pilliga 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

The easiest way to get to Coonabarabran is by car. The drive from Sydney is 6 hours. Alternatively you can take a train from Sydney's Central station to Lithgow, then a connecting bus to Coonabarabran. Journey time is around 8 hours. There is an alternate route which includes a train to Dubbo and then a bus to Coonabarabran which is about an hour longer.

Yes, you need to be a capable cyclist. You will cover up to 88km in a day, across undulating terrain, and you will need to be confident cycling on roads. There is lots of cycling on the road in this trip.

Yes, e-bike hire is included in this trip cost. Please let us know if you would like to hire a standard bike instead - a small discount applies. If you bring your own bike, a discount is applied. Please ensure your bike is suited to the terrain you will encounter.


Warrumbungles and Pilliga Supported Cycle Videos

Warrumbungle - International Dark Sky Park

Warrumbungles and Pilliga Supported 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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