Bike North

Waterfall to Kiama

Waterfall Station, , AUSTRALIA
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An on-road hilly ride with some steep downhills through the Royal National Park to Thirroul from where we join mostly coastal shared paths though Wollongong to Kiama and the train home.

The main features are two outstanding lookouts at Otford Tops and Bald Hill Lookout, riding across the Seacliffe Bridge and riding shared paths alongside the ocean from Thirroul to Kiama.

We will encounter recreational traffic on weekends through the Nat Park so riders must be comfortable riding with traffic near to us. Care must be taken on the twisting downhills from Waterfall and Bald Hill, particularly in wet conditions.

Along the shared paths we ride carefully and single file to avoid pedestrians and oncoming riders many of whom may be children

The route from Bald Hill, 16km into the ride, to the finish, is well serviced with cafes and toilets

There is an option to join the ride at Thirroul thus missing out most of the hills and doing the ride almost entirely on shared paths

Notes: We'll start ASAP after 7:53(?) arrival of the SCO train leaving Town Hall at 7:08. Coffee etc. @ 24km, Imperial Hotel (bring lock). Lunch @ 70km, Lake Illawarra Kiosk. We WILL catch the 8-car train leaving Kiama @ 13:56 (-> TH 16:21), curtailing ride at earlier station if nec. Long brisk-ish cruise periods without regroup, so fit/electrified riders only, please.

Pre-registration is required through the Bike North website link


Ride LeaderRichard Kelly
Distance (km)89
approx. 19-22 kms/hr
Metres Climbed 818.551
GradeMedium Hard
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SuitabilitySelf-sufficient Medium riders with a bike in well maintained condition who would like to step up to a longer distance and are comfortable riding with traffic
FeaturesA scenic on-road ride through the Royal Nat Park to Thirroul and then mostly scenic coastal shared paths to Kiama before catching the express train back
Coffee stopWollongong
Expected duration6 hour(s) (estimate only - ride may be longer due to on the day factors)
For more information including ride map and profile, and any pre-registration options please check the Calendar Entry on the Bike North Website


As a participant in this dangerous recreational activity, you may be exposing yourself to a significant risk of harm. Bike North, the ride organisers and leaders wish to warn you of the risks and hazards that are an inherent part of cycling, and to take care to prevent putting yourself, your fellow participants and/or others into danger. By signing onto this ride, you accept the warning as to risk, and you agree to ride in a safe and responsible manner and to obey all Australian Road Rules.


Event date: 09/02/2022
Time:  08:00:00

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