Bushranger Discovery Cycle Tour- 7 days
- Duration: 7 Days (approx.)
- Location: COWRA, NSW
- Product code: CCT2022
Bushranger Discovery Cycle Tour- 7 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.
Starting at Cowra, and taking in Woodstock, Canowindra, Gooloogong, Eugowra, Grenfell, Greenethorpe and Koorawatha, 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: 8 nights, 6-days cycling, 1 rest day at Grenfell
- Start & Finish: Cowra, NSW
- Distance: 300km approx.
- Average Daily: 50 km
- Bike Type: Hybrid, Touring or Gravel bike E bike
- Surface: Sealed & unsealed roads, trails.
- Terrain: Flat to undulating. Gradients are 1% - 3%
- Roads: Quiet, local, bike-friendly backroads with very little traffic.
- Group Size: Small group tour, approx. 5 – 10
- Difficulty Rating: 5/10 - Fun
- Accommodation: 8 nights country hotels & motels
- Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 8 dinners, 2 lunches, plus on-road snacks.
- Bike Hire; E Bike $350.00
Bring your bike or hire an E-Bike with Central West Tours.
Included on tour
- All accommodation, 8 nights
- Meals - 8 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners, 2 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 to Gooloogong historical home
- Entry and Lunch at Japanese Garden
- Age of Fishes Canowindra
- Evening dinner Indian Restaurant Cowra
- Evening dinner –Rosnay Winery
Day 0: Pre-Tour Stay Cowra
Arrive at 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 Tour staff
Day 1: Cowra to Canowindra - 45km
We will visit the Peace and the Information Centre to see the Hologram and the local produce. 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 2: Canowindra to Gooloogong - 53km
We pass the discovery site of fish fossils. We will cross over the Lachlan River before reaching Gooloogong. Gooloogong Park has a lot of historical boards detailing the rail line history and history of the town. Ben Hall to hid from Troopers in the cellar of the house just outside of Gooloogong and we will visit this historical house.
Day 3: Gooloogong to Eugowra - 36km
Eugowra is the town of Murals, morning coffee break on wards for 5km to visit Escort Rocks where 8 bushrangers including Ben Hall ambushed and robbed the gold coach. Back 5km to Eugowra and view the amazing murals of the historic town. Settle into the hotel, meet the locals and enjoy the evening talking about the exploits of bushrangers and who painted the murals.
Day 4: Eugowra to Grenfell - 75km
The tour takes us 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. Lunch will be supplied by Central West Tours at beautiful picnic spot in the taking beautiful landscapes.
Day 5: Rest Day
Take some time out and enjoy this beautiful country town. Visit the beautiful pubs, cafes and coffee shops. Visit the information Centre to find the hidden Gems. Ben Hall Cave is an optional loop and well worth the time, you can cycle it or a bus is provided.
Day 6: Grenfell to Koorawatha - 52km
We will ride the gravel road alongside the Grenfell to Koorawatha 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 7: Koorawatha to Cowra - 33km
Easy day back to Cowra, 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. The afternoon is yours to discover Cowra
Day 8: Cowra: Depart
Depart or stay an extra day to further explore and enjoy the attractions of
Cowra and the Central West. Tour ends at 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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