The Southern Tablelands has a great network of cycle trails on quiet country roads and lanes connecting its towns and villages
Welcome to the Upper Lachlan Shire and the Goulburn Mulwaree Shire, both in a region about two hours by car south-west from Sydney and one hour north of Canberra. This area is in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, and in spite of being so close to the nation’s capital and the nation’s largest city, is relatively untouched.
This picturesque countryside is mostly undulating grazing land with significant areas of native bushland along the nearby ranges.
The cycle trails connect the City of Goulburn with the smaller towns and villages of Crookwell, Taralga, Gunning and Collector. Avoiding the more direct (and therefore busier) routes, the trails utilise quieter roads and lanes for a great touring cycling experience. A typical day's ride is between 40km and 60km long.
There are ample restaurants, cafés, hotels, farm stays, B&Bs and self-contained cottages. These eateries and accommodation houses vary in price and standard, ensuring there is a suitable match for most visitors.
The trails are mostly on sealed roads, however there is a significant amount of unsealed surface, thus a hybrid touring bike is best suited. Mobile phone coverage is quite good in most areas.
There are no food or drink outlets between destinations, so it is important to carry enough food and water for the day's ride.
A basic cycle repair kit and medical kit, as well as sunscreen, are recommended.