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MAPS & INFORMATION

Lake Conjola to Braidwood


The biggest of our 3 days in The Budawangs Part II. The most climbing, and the slowest section of ‘gravel’. That said, it was all done in the first third of the ride. The slowest sections being the climb up to Tianjara, and the firetrail headed towards Braidwood Road. From then on, things were a piece of cake.

See DAY 1 of The Budawangs Part II
DISTANCE

133km

ELEV GAIN

2514m

ELEV MAX

783m

GRAVEL

75%

Equipment:


We rode Giant ToughRoad SLR GX and 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, Topeak & Ortlieb allowed us to carry plenty of food & water, clothes, spares & camera gear.


Accommodation:


We stayed at the Royal Mail Hotel in Braidwood. Aside from being ‘haunted’ the place has everything you need. Big meals & ice cold beers, and of course rooms to sleep.


Food & Water:


The stretch from Lake Conjola through Tianjara, and on to The Nerriga Hotel, was dry for us. We managed on 2x large bottles each - But if you should need it, there is apparently a water tank in the Sassafras Camp Ground soon after you exit the Tianjara Firetrail, a bit further along Braidwood Road.

From Nerriga to Braidwood would be easy on two bottles, but if you ran dry early a stop in Mogarlowe would provide water in an emergency. Top up on food and water at the Nerriga Hotel.


Warning:


If the weather is warm, carry enough water to comfortably get yourself to Nerriga. You pass through Sassafras, so if you had to you could get it from a house or the campground.

Stay on the firetrail within Tianjara. There is every chance there could be unexploded ordnance (bombs etc) off the trail, considering the military history in the area.

Braidwood to Moruya


Expected to be the easiest of the 3 days within The Budawangs Part II. The day had the least climbing and was marked by a substantial drop in elevation into the Araluen Valley. What proved tougher than expected was the poor quality gravel in the valley. Bone jarring and slow.

See DAY 2 of the Budawangs Part II
DISTANCE

127km

ELEV GAIN

1579m

ELEV MAX

747m

GRAVEL

90%

Equipment:


We rode Giant ToughRoad SLR GX and 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, Topeak & Ortlieb allowed us to carry plenty of food & water, clothes, spares & camera gear.


Accommodation:


We stayed at the The Monarch Hotel Motel in Moruya. Good for accom and drinks, no good for food. For that you’ll need to visit somewhere else in Moruya.


Food & Water:


Plenty of places to refill the supplies along this route. Majors Creek for a food & water stock up. Then fill the bottles again from the Deua River in the Araluen Valley. Fast flowing and fresh. Could also be a nice spot for a cool-off dip.


Warning:


The descent down Majors Creek Mountain Road is a sketchy one. A bit too much enthusiasm would see you off the edge of the road, and off some rather steep edges. No guardrail, and plenty of water-rutted surfaces, so don’t risk it for the KOM.

Moruya to Milton


A great way to wrap up The Budawangs Part II. Some excellent gravel riding on day 3. The River Road being the standout of the trip, and with the addition of Shallow Crossing for a potential mid-ride dip, perhaps one of favourite roads yet.

See DAY 3 of The Budawangs Part II
DISTANCE

113km

ELEV GAIN

2029m

ELEV MAX

254m

GRAVEL

90%

Equipment:


We rode Giant ToughRoad SLR GX and 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, Topeak & Ortlieb allowed us to carry plenty of food & water, clothes, spares & camera gear.


Accommodation:


We drove straight back to Sydney after our arrival in Milton - but if you were interested in staying, both Milton & Mollymook have plenty of good options.


Food & Water:


Another day with no issues around supplies. Nelligen provided us with a perfect lunch stop, food & water fully stocked. A refill of water (and even a swim) from the pristine waters of the Clyde River at Shallow Crossing serves as a perfectly timed option to bring it home to Milton.


Warning:


At the time of our trip the Runnyford Bridge was closed. Things worked out for us, but you may come across the river at high tide, and the swim may not be the best option. You could get lucky too, or chance the swim (but you’d want to wait for the tide to go out). Probably best to just check when the bridge is to reopen.

More from The Budawangs Part II


Choose from any of the three days we spent riding, or the Road Book, for all the maps & information you need to get out and explore the area yourself.
DAY 1 - LAKE CONJOLA TO BRAIDWOOD. 
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DAY 2 - BRAIDWOOD TO MORUYA. 
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DAY 3 - MORUYA TO MILTON. 
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