Bushranger Discovery Cycle Tour- 5 days
- Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
- Location: COWRA, NSW
- Product code: CCT2022
Bushranger Discovery Cycle Tour- 5 days
Our Central West Cycle Tour takes in the sights, sounds, and smells of the beautiful natural and rural landscape, and we literally stop and smell the roses when we can, ensuring that the tour is as immersive as it is enjoyable, fun, and memorable.
Learn about the Bushranger history of the Lachlan Valley Ben Hall, Frank Darkie Gardiner, Johnny Gilbert and others . Great stage coach robbery at Escort Rocks near Eugowra, considered to be one of the largest gold robberies in Australian history.
Tales about the bushranger Ben Hall and his gang, hold ups, raids, shoot outs and hideouts.
Meeting in Cowra, the cycle tour begins from Eugowra taking in the towns of Grenfell, Greenethorpe, Koorawatha, Cowra and Canowindra; the picturesque Central West Region is known as “the golden circle of food production”. The rich red duplex soils of the Lachlan Valley are responsible for growing grain, vegetables, wine, and meat, all of which you will be able to sample as part of your tour.
Our tour routes are carefully selected to ensure that 90% of the roads on which we tour are good gravel, minor bitumen low in traffic and suitable to most fitness levels, so that you can ride at a leisurely and safe pace.
For people who love war history, the region has a rich and fascinating history and together we’ll visit the Peace Bell and POW Camp and then of course the renowned Japanese Gardens, Age of Fishes and Museum and the Canowindra Historical Museum.
And all along the way you’ll meet the welcoming and friendly locals who have enthusiastically embraced this new cycling tour and are looking forward to providing you with country style hospitality.
BYO Bike or hire an E-Bike from Central West Tours please contact us for bike hire.
The Tour at a Glance - LINK TO ROUTE MAP
- Duration: 6 nights, 5-days cycling
- Start & Finish: Cowra, NSW
- Distance: 280km approx.
- Average Daily: 55 km
- Bike Type: Hybrid, Touring or Gravel bike E bike
- Surface: Sealed & unsealed roads, trails.
- Terrain: Flat to undulating. Gradients are 1% - 4%
- Roads: Quiet, local, bike-friendly backroads with very little traffic.
- Group Size: Small group tour, approx. 5 – 10
- Difficulty Rating: 5/10 - Fun
- Accommodation: 6 nights country hotels & motels
- Meals included: 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners, 5 lunches, plus on-road snacks.
- Bike Hire; E Bike $300.00
Bring your bike or hire an E-Bike with Central West Tours.
Included on tour
- All accommodation, 6 nights
- Meals - 6 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners, 5 Lunches
- Snacks, water & fruit on the trails
- Transfers to/from each days ride as required
- Bike mechanical assistance, limited
- Support & safety vehicles
- Daily maps & directions
- Entry and Lunch at Japanese Garden
- Age of Fishes Canowindra
- Evening dinner Indian Restaurant Cowra
Day 0: Pre-Tour Stay Cowra
Cowra Motor Inn and prepare your bike and equipment for the cycle tour. Relax
and get ready for dinner, meet the other tour cyclists and Central West Tours staff
Day 1: Eugowra to Grenfell 70km Stay Grenfell
Drive from Cowra to Eugowra for breakfast at The Fat Parcel, prepare bikes for cycling.
Leave vehicles at Eugowra.
The tour takes us from Eugowra to the historical town of Grenfell and the
birthplace of Henry Lawson. The town is a quaint little town with boutique shops,
art galleries and Ben Halls Cave. Lunchon this long day will be supplied by
Central West Tours at the half way point in a beautiful picnic spot taking in beautiful
Day 2: Grenfell to Koorawatha 52km Stay Koorawatha
We will ride the gravel road alongside the Grenfell toKoorawatha rail line and make
our way to the Café CIRCA 1935 for a coffee and a rest. The hilly country is spectacular
as we travel to Koorawatha. Old Bang Bang Hotel site is where a shootout occurred
with troopers and Ben Hall. The Koorawatha Falls the sound of running water is very
tranquil and peaceful.
Day 3: Koorawatha to Cowra 50km Stay Cowra
Enjoyable cycling toCowra, the route is mainly flat on gravel road following the rail line.
On arrival of Cowra we will visit the Japanese Garden and lunch will be provided.
Day 4: Cowra to Canowindra 55km Stay Canowindra
We ride thru highly productive farm land which may give an opportunity to get photos of
Canola (yellow flower) depending on the season. Canowindra is the town that was taken
over by Ben Hall and his gang, we will show you the site of the hotel. Visit
to the Ages of Fishes Museum and Historical Museum.
Day 5: Canowindra to Eugowra 55km Stay Cowra
Eugowra, the town of painted Murals and bushranger history.
Load bikes and return to Cowra.
Day 6: Cowra: Depart
Depart or stay an extra day to further explore and enjoy the attractions of Cowra and the
Central West. Breakfast - Tour ends 10:00am
All Tours require comfortable walking shoes, weather appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
- Cycle Tours, Clothing must be suitable for cycling
- Closed Shoes for cycling
- Water Bottle to fit into Bike Drink Bottle Holder
- Warm socks, pants and jacket
- 1 or 2 pair bike Knicks. (Important) padded shorts
- Wet weather jacket
- Bike Gloves
- Small day pack 15L
- Your own bike and Helmet if not hiring
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