Moruya to Araluen
This ride follows the glorious Moruya River and the Araluen Creek all the way to the village of Araluen. Set in a picturesque and tranquil valley Araluen has a rich gold mining history and is today known for its lovely orchards and fruit. This is a beautiful ride with great riverside and mountain scenery.
ROUTE Mor 2 - Valley View ride
DISTANCE: 60km one way
GRADE: moderate, reasonable level of fitness required if going all the way to Araluen
VERTICAL ASCENT: 880m
SUITABLE: Mountain bikes or hybrids
This route is undulating and has mainly a gravel surface after the first 7.5km, but is generally in reasonable condition.
This ride follows the Moruya / Deua River and then the Araluen Creek all the way to the village of Araluen. It is in the spectacular Deua National Park for much of its length.
Special care should be taken on the blind corners where the road is narrow and on coming vehicles may encroach on your side of the road.
The Araluen Hotel can be a turnaround for a long ride back or can be a great place to stay overnight before returning the next day.
This route is extremely scenic with great mountain views and proximity to the river.
It is enjoyable to just ride any shorter distance and turn around when fatigue prompts you to. If you want a short day ride you could start the ride at the bridge across the Moruya River at Kiora. This is 3.9km west of Moruya and it avoid the hills when riding back into Moruya at the end of the ride.
A good place to start is at Riverside Park (off Ford Street) where there is plenty of parking and there are toilets. However you can start the ride from anywhere in Moruya as long as you eventually join the road to Araluen (Campbell Street) which starts from the roundabout on the Princes Highway next to the Council Offices.
Assumed start point is the roundabout at the corner of the Princes Highway next to the Council Offices. Just head up the hill and this is the road that will take you all the way to Araluen.
Cross the Moruya River at Kiora
Eurobodalla main Moruya Water Pump Station on right. Water is pumped to Deep Creek Dam at Mogo.
Stewarts Rd on left at current end of sealed section
Pass I Ridge Rd on right
Pass Larrys Mtn Rd on right
Pass Knowles Rd on right
MacGregors Crk Bridge
National Parks Picnic Area at Bakers Flat on left. Pit Toilets and Picnic Shelters available
Pass Merricumbene Fire Trail on left
Pass Woodbridge Rd on left
Pass Neringla Rd on Left
57.71km TURN AROUND POINT
Ride ends at Araluen Hotel