Get on your bike and cycle the Sapphire Coast!

 

The Sapphire Coast is well known for its beaches and forests but it’s also one of the premier mountain biking destinations in NSW.

For an adrenalin filled adventure, race your mates and soak up the coastal bush on 50 kilometres of single tracks that snake through the hills and gullies of Tathra.  Some trails begin just 800 metres from the hub of all things mountain biking, Tathra Beach and Bike, but those who prefer to avoid climbs can also start at the top of town and cruise back down in time for fish and chips for lunch. The trails have it all – climbs, descents, bridges, ferny gullies, ocean views, beach destinations and local wildlife.  Steeped in Aboriginal history, the Bundadung network of trails was built by volunteers from Bega Aboriginal Lands Council (BALC) and the Tathra community.    Tathra is also home to the annual Tathra MTB Enduro, a family weekend of mountain biking which offers races for all, including the 50km Goat’s Knob Challenge and 100km King Nelba Classic.   The Tathra Wharf to Waves Weekend, held annually in January, also holds a mountain bike ride from Bega to Tathra Beach. Mountain biking enthusiasts can take on the 30km bush track from Bega through State Forest trails and through a section of Mimosa National Parks – riding through some of the most breathtaking bushland scenery the Sapphire Coast has to offer. The event finishes at the Tathra Surf Club where a BBQ and cold refreshments are available.  The 2019 event will be held on January 19 & 20 and for more information you can visit the official Tathra Wharf to Waves website here.

Further north, in the famous fishing town of Bermagui, try the Bermagui mountain bike trail park, affectionately known as the ‘Dirt Surfers’.  It offers an exciting 6.7km track through the State Forest, featuring bridges, berms, switchbacks and technical sections. There’s a 900m track for the kids too.

Mandeni Park at Tura Beach, just 4kms from Merimbula, also offers something for everyone with three mountain bike trails catering for all abilities.  Take the 1.8km flat terrain trial that weaves its way through the bush or trade up to the 3km trail with its hills and valleys.  Or go all out on the 11km cross country trail with challenging climbs, fun downhill sections and more of the beautiful local scenery.

The Sapphire Coast also offers more relaxed cycle experiences for the whole family.  Pedal along the coast on well-formed shared paths in Merimbula and stop for lunch overlooking the pristine waters of Merimbula Lake.  The Merimbula to Pambula bike track is a 6 km relaxing ride from Merimbula on a flat trail which takes you to the quirky village of Pambula.  Explore the specialty shops or grab a coffee before taking another bike track to beautiful Pambula Beach to discover stunning beaches as well as the local kangaroos and other wildlife.   Return via the Panboola wetlands, which feature more flat trails that wind their way past ponds and lakes teeming with birdlife.   In the heart of Tathra on Andy Poole Drive opposite the beach, is a 2.5 km cycling track which takes you to the Mogareeka Inlet and the start of the Mimosa Rocks National Park. This is an easy ride for all the family, even the little ones just starting to get used to their wheels.  For something different but equally beautiful head further inland from Bega into true dairy country and cycle around the many market towns such as Candelo & Cobargo.

For the road cyclist, there are countless scenic drive routes, off the Princes Highway, which connect the various townships, national parks and beaches.

Once you’ve exhausted the ride opportunities of the Sapphire Coast and yourself, it’s time to unwind.   Take some time to enjoy the beaches and parks, the local produce and the unspoilt wilderness.  To start planning your cycling holiday, check out our accommodation options here.

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