Wagonga Inlet scenic route
Any bicycle ride in the Eurobodalla is set amongst beautiful scenery and this ride is particularly stunning, taking you through beautiful forest, alongside coastal wetlands and along an amazing stretch of coastline. It also goes along side Wagonga Inlet. This forest and ocean cycle loop west of Narooma is a true pleasure.
ROUTE: Nar2 - Narooma Forest and Ocean Loop
GRADE: moderate to hard
VERTICAL ASCENT: 650m
SUITABLE: Mountain bikes or hybrids
The ride starts at the car park on Riverside Drive, Narooma, near the restaurants. It follows The Scenic Drive along the southern side of Wagonga Inlet right up to the top of the inlet where there is a good rest stop at the wharf. From there, it heads north into the forest along overgrown sections of road before joining Mitchells Ridge Rd and back to the Princes Highway.
Two kilometres of riding on the shoulder of the highway is then required to get to the Dalmeny turnoff. Care is required when crossing the narrow Lawlers Creek Bridge on the highway. You join Cycle Route Nar1, the wonderful coastal shared pathway at the Dalmeny Sports Club and follow it all the way back to Narooma. Look out for the viewing platform and story board adjacent to the wetland that captures the history and flora and fauna of the area as you're heading into Narooma. There are cafe and restaurant opportunities in Dalmeny and Kianga, as well as Narooma, at the end of the ride.
The ride is undulating and is for fit riders, but is one of the best the coast has to offer
Ride starts at the large car park in Riverside Dr near the boat ramp and restaurants. Head south along Riverside Dr following signs for cycle route Nar 2
Pass Bettini Lane on left
Pass Davidson St on left, continue straight ahead along Lake View Dr to the end
Follow the track through water front reserve to Gem Cres
At end of track, join sealed road (Gem Cres) up the hill.
Turn right down Gareth Ave
Turn right left into Dorothy Dr
Turn right into Cole Cres
Turn right into Old Highway, keep following this until Scenic Dr
Turn right at top of hill into Scenic Dr.
Pass Engine Rd on left and descend the hill with caution
At bottom of hill, continue straight ahead on Scenic Dr at intersection with Tilba Punkally Rd on left
Look for gravel road off to right that goes down to the water. Take a break at the jetty and picnic area
Pass F Ridge Rd on left
Pass Cobra Rd on left
Pass Frenchmans Gully Rd on right
Proceed straight ahead leaving Tobacco Pinch Rd on left and Box Cutting Rd on right. The old Scenic Dr becomes a more minor road/track at this point. Take care with encroaching vegetation.
Pass Red Knob Rd on right
Ignore Track on right (this is a no through road) and proceed to cross Lawlers Creek at ford. If water depth is too great retrace route to Box Cutting Rd where you turn left and follow it through to the Princes Highway where you turn right to return to Narooma
Bear right to join Mitchells Ridge Rd and pass Whittakers Crk Rd on left. Follow Mitchells Ridge Rd through to the Highway
Turn right on to the Highway with care. Head south on the Highway across Lawlers Creek Bridge. CAUTION.No shoulder lane on the bridge so wait until there is no traffic behind before crossing it.
Turn left off the Princes Highway at major intersection with Dalmeny Dr
Join cycle path near Dalmeny Sporting Club and follow signs for cycle route Nar1 to Narooma
Cross Binalong St and stay on cycle path
Follow cycle path left around foreshore out to headland
Good view point, continue on cyclepath
Join road until next corner
Rejoin cyclepath to left
Stay on cycle path and head south to Kianga
Follow cycle path to left along Centenary Dr
Pass access road to reserve on left. cycle path veers left down the hill.
Stay on cycle path alongside car park and join timber boardwalk along Wagonga Inlet
Cross road/car park and join bitumen track up the hill to the highway
At top of hill follow the pathway behind guardrail down to the bridge
Dismount and walk bikes on footway across the bridge
Remount and rejoin the cyclepath
Turn right into Riverside Dr and follow cycle path back to start of ride
End of Ride. Time for coffee!!