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MAPS & INFORMATION

Gloucester to Moonan Flat


Simply put – the perfect ride. A bit of scenic country bitumen to get things going, some simple gravel sections, then straight up the main gravel climb to over 1500m. The eventual descent opens up, giving you expansive views west of the Park as you continue down, eventually finishing in Moonan Flat. We recommend the pub.

See the PART I of Barrington Tops
DISTANCE

119km

ELEV GAIN

2414m

ELEV MAX

1528m

GRAVEL

85%

Equipment:


We rode Giant TCX cyclocross bikes. We kept things pretty close to factory spec, with the exception of some more ‘adventure-friendly’ gearing for those 20%-plus dirt gradients. Most of us ran 1X drivetrains with a 40t chainring up front and 11x40t cassette at the rear. There is no harm in having some decent 40mm rubber too - WTB Nano or Maxxis Ramblers will rarely let you down.

We weren‘t camping on this trip, but still needed to carry a fair bit of kit. Saddle & frame bags by Revelate Designs allowed us to carry plenty of food & water, clothes, spares & camera gear.


Accommodation:


We stayed at the Victoria Hotel Moonan Flat. They have food, beer & beds – all you need, really. A great pub with a sizeable beer garden to end the day.


Food & Water:


Stock up on both in Gloucester and carry as much as you can. Over the warmer months you might find quite a few of the rivers dry up - leaving you few options for water. It’s worth noting there is also no store in Moonan Flat - and no shops along the way - so you will need to carry a minimum of two days worth of food with you.

The Dilgry River will likely be flowing. Located just before you start the ascent up Barrington Tops Forest Rd, it’s a perfect water (or swim) stop. Running right off the mountain, it hasn’t been tainted by any of the many cattle farms in the area, remaining crystal clear.


Warning:


Our route would likely be possible on a road bike, so long as you have plenty of spares and appropriate tires – at least 30mm. The condition of the gravel near the top of the climb is quite rough, with lots of exposed sharp rocks.

As always, ride safely, responsibly and within your limits.

Moonan Flat to Dungog


A much more challenging route than Day 1. What began as a relatively straightforward roll through Stewarts Brook took a turn for the worse as we resorted to pushing our bikes for several hours up a very steep section of private road towards Careys Peak. The highly anticipated descent down Corker Mountain was some compensation, as were the end of day festivities at the Bank Hotel in Dungog.

See the PART II of Barrington Tops
DISTANCE

114km

ELEV GAIN

2790m

ELEV MAX

1558m

GRAVEL

85%

Accommodation:


We stayed at the Tall Timbers Motel in Dungog. Before getting to our beds though, we ate around the corner at the Bank Hotel. Good meals & delicious pudding.


Food & Water:


If you are following our route, having come from Gloucester the day before, make sure you're stocked up with enough rations for two days. We made sandwiches with the remaining bread at the Moonan Flat Pub to help with our supplies. There are NO SHOPS in Moonan Flat, and NO SHOPS along the route until you reach Dungog, so if you are running low ask the pub for any help you may need. You will be able to get water refilled at the Woolooma Public School on Stewarts Brook Rd, but that's pretty much it.


Warning:


The route is a killer, and you'll be out there a long time. Make sure to stock up on food and water. There are no shops, with only the school for water refills, so carry as much as you can. Mt Hungerford Trail up from Stewarts Brook is a PRIVATE ROAD until you hit the management trail.

As always, ride safely, responsibly and within your limits.

Dungog to Gloucester


While it was unfortunate that we didn't get to follow our intended route, the section along Monkerai Road was good fun and The Bucketts Way was not particularly busy.

We will be back one day soon to get up into the Gloucester Tops area that we missed.

See the PART III of Barrington Tops
DISTANCE

60km

ELEV GAIN

835m

ELEV MAX

272m

GRAVEL

40%

Food & Water:


Being such a short (and not overly challenging) section, we recommend a quick stop in at the IGA in Dungog for essentials before rolling out.







More from Barrington Tops


Choose from any of the three days we spent riding around the Barrington Tops National Park, or the Road Book, for all the maps & information you need to get out and explore the area yourself.
PART I - GLOUCESTER TO MOONAN FLAT. 
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PART II - MOONAN FLAT TO DUNGOG. 
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PART III - DUNGOG TO GLOUCESTER. 
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