Bowral to Mossvale on the Bong Bong Track
28km for the whole trail. Best bit is the Bong Bong track.
This cycling trail takes you from Bowral to Moss Vale on the Bong Bong Track. It follows the Wingecarribee River on a double lane shared concrete trail. If you have some energy left after the 16km return trip, you can follow a loop around Bowral on some easy roads and some shared paths through some pretty neat parks.
Lets start with the easy section that you would ride with your kids. At the Buradoo Railway Station, a path starts on the side of Railway road. Head southwest alongside the railway line to the river which is about 1km away. Veer left and you are on the Bong Bong track. Follow that all the way to the bridge near Moss Vale. If you pass under the bridge you can cycle into Cecil Hoskins Reserve where birds and great views can be photographed. If you pass over the bridge,you can ride a good way into Moss Vale. When you get to the railway line, you have to go on the town roads.
If you are arriving by car from Sydney or want to do the 12km Bowral circuit by itself, head to the Bowral pool on the way into Bowral where you can use the parking area. If you miss the turn off, turn left at the start of the town and go around the back to Oxley Drive.
To start riding from the pool, cross under the bridge, ride along the road to the Bowral bricks chimney. Cross the railway line and then follow Station St and down Funston to Railway drive. Hop on the wide shared path at Buradoo Station and you are on the Bong Bong. Ride it all the way to Moss Vale.
On the way back, try and turn at Sullivan Rd and follow to the end to Railway St. Turn up Burradoo Rd and follow that up a good hill and down the otherside till the end of the golf course . At the golf course, cross "Old S Rd" and ride to the end of the Botanical Gardens. Now turn left. If you are following the brochure below, ignore all the other red cycle tracks, they are not as good as this trail. Ride past all the ponds all the way to Warby St. Turn left and follow the trail all the way to the pool. Some how this way avoids all the hills that you will find further to the east, something I experienced first hand when I got lost.
Notes: Strangely there are no shops along all of this trail except in Moss Vale so treat up and top up your water before you go. If coming by car I suggest Mittagong for snacks on the way in where there are plenty of nice places. Maybe even pack a lunch for the picnic places on the Bong Bong trail. There is a toilet in Cecil Hoskins Reserve.
If coming by train, the speed of the train is very ordinary but it could be a lot of fun to do a weekend by train. Get off at Burradoo which is really small and easy or Bowral Station which has lifts or even Moss Vale and ride back.
This ride was based on a pdf brochure download from the Southern Highlands Information website here
Pictures start at the Bowral Pool and head to Mossvale, return to Bowral and then loop around Bowral back to the pool
Turn east and head across town on Burradoo Rd
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