Cycling in Eden

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Eden is well-suited for a variety of cycling activities.
The varied terrain gives ever-changing views and cycling conditions.
There are hundreds of kilometres of unsealed Forestry and National Parks roads that would suit mountain bike enthusiasts.

 

The boardwalk and beach tracks provide places where children or more leisurely riders can find relatively flat cycling. Touring or road cyclists can get off the highway and enjoy the quiet roads towards the escarpment. 

      
You may even like to have your trip recorded.

 

Here are some ideas of rides in the area, but if you want to explore further, take a look at the Eden Project Map available at the State Forests' office in Bass St, Eden. This map has all the local tracks and roads.

Along the boardwalk - Curalo Lake:
Total length is about 2 km, all level. The boardwalk is about 2.4m wide and follows the shoreline around Curalo Lake. There is abundant birdlife and views around Eden.  You can cross to Aslings Beach Road and cycle the walkway beside the beach.

Caution should be taken with children as the boardwalk is slightly elevated and there is a risk if small children lose their balance.

Into North Ben Boyd National Park:
From Eden ride along the Princes Highway north out of Eden for 8km. The ride on the highway has a very challenging steep hill called Bellbird Hill. You could skip this bit if you’re feeling lazy and park at the turnoff to Ben Boyd National Park. From the turnoff the ride is 6km, nearly all slightly downhill on unsealed roads to Haycock Point (don’t forget that on the way back it’s all slightly uphill). The reward at the end is the view from Haycock Point (300m walk) over Pambula, Merimbula, Mt Imlay and Montague Island on a good day. There are toilets here and a tank with some water.

With mountain bikes an alternative could be to turn off just before the Transfer Station at the top of Bellbird Hill and ride to Leonards Island or North Head, each about 5km one way.
Google Map

Day Trip to Towamba (30kms each way):     
Travel south along the Princes Highway about 4 km to the Towamba turnoff on the right. The tar will end after about 3km and the rest of the road to Towamba is mostly unsealed for the next 23km (locals call it the Ridge Road).  It rises from sea level to about 300m altitude and along its route has views back to Twofold Bay, across numerous valleys and down into the rolling pastures of the Towamba Valley.
There is normally no water available except at the Towamba end where there is a sandy river.      
Google Map

 

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