Moruya to South Head return

Ride along the serene and stunning Moruya River down to the ocean and river mouth at South Head on this easy ride. The light at certain times of the day along the river is incredibly beautiful and the mountain wilderness backdrop is picture perfect. The ride mainly follows off-road shared pathways. The middle section is on road but there are reasonable shoulders. Call in at Preddeys Wharf boat ramp to check out the catch of the day and enjoy the beautiful river estuary. Once at the Surf Club you can extend the journey (1.5km return) up the hill to the river mouth headland, which is a great spot for whale watching. Another option is to ride south past the caravan park on to the gravel road down to Congo Creek. (7km return) There is a general store with coffee near the Surf Club.

ROUTE:  Mor 1 - Town to Surf

DISTANCE:  16km return

GRADE:  easy

VERTICAL ASCENT :  150m

SUITABLE:  road bikes except extension to Congo Creek

The route is a mixture of off-road shared pathway and on-road riding (5km). The on-road section is sealed and has reasonable shoulder width. The traffic is mainly light vehicles and the volume is not high. This provides a pleasant undulating riding environment. The ride is therefore suitable for riders who are looking for a route that is not too taxing.

This ride starts at Riverside Park in Church St. near the Moruya Swimming pool. There are a number of places to park. The Moruya Markets make this area a hive of activity on Saturday mornings. Before heading out to South Head you might want to do a short ride along the bank of the river upstream towards the Hospital. This is on a shared pathway. Just head upstream (west) from Riverside Park and pass under the bridge. The ride to South Head generally follows the Moruya River out to the ocean.

Once at the Surf Club you can extend the journey (1.5km return) up the hill to the river mouth headland where you can check out the Historic Cemetery. This is a great view point and a great spot for whale watching in the spring.

Another option is to ride south past the caravan park on to the gravel road down to Congo Creek. (7km return)

Cue Sheet

Cumulative

Distance

Notes

0km START

0km

Ride starts at Riverside Park

0.1km

0.1km

Turn left along the shared path on Ford St. and follow this towards the Princes Highway.

0.3km

0.2km

Follow the pathway around the roundabout at Queen St. Take care with the traffic at this location.

0.5km

0.3km

Follow the pathway to the left alongside the Highway

0.9km

0.6km

Turn left along South Head Rd. pathway

2.0km

1.4km

At the end of the pathway move on to the road shoulder and keep heading east.

4.4m

2.4km

Rejoin the shared pathway at the top of the hill at the Anchorage and keep

5.6km

3.2km

Turn left down Preddeys Wharf Rd.

5.9km

0.3km

Turn around at the wharf and head back to South Head Rd

6.2km

0.3km

Turn left onto South Head Rd pathway

8.0km

1.8km

Turn left on to the shared pathway the runs on the ocean side of Charles Moffit Dr. and follow this pathway to the end.

8.8km TURN AROUND POINT

0.31km

The pathway ends at the car park at the beach reserve. Toilets are available here. Return to Moruya by the same route as the outward journey.

OPTION Headland Extension

 

The ride can be extended by riding up the hill next to the General Store (Charles Moffit Dr.) It is worth the effort of challenging the hill to see the views from the Headland. This extension is a sealed road. At the top of the hill bear right and enter the Eurobodalla National Park. This is a loop road that takes you out to the Head-land. Then return to the beach reserve car park. This extension adds about 1.5km.

OPTION Congo Creek

 

If you have energy left and you have a bike that is suitable for gravel roads you can add another 9 km of flat riding to this ride. Leave the TURN AROUND POINT at beach reserve car park. Head back to South Head Rd. Instead of turning right to go back to Moruya, turn left on to Pedro Point Rd. This will take you past the Caravan Park on a sealed road for the first 600m. The road then becomes unsealed, just follow this south. At about 2km south take the gravel track off to the left to Pedro Point for another view point. Then back on to Pedro Point Rd. to continue to the end of the road. The road becomes a bit rough towards the end. At the end of the road follow the track towards the beach or simply turn around and ride back to South Head to rejoin the route back to Moruya.