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Katoomba to Emu Plains

Katoomba Station, southern side, , AUSTRALIA
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Please refer to the cue sheet for additional points of interest and specific hazards.

This ride starts in the upper reaches of the Blue Mtns and has a fair bit of descending where you don't pedal as hard, so it is harder to stay warm. The weather conditions in the mountains can be considerably different to those experienced in the Sydney basin, especially in the early morning. Riders must be prepared for cold weather and are advised to wear layers and be prepared for damp conditions to ensure they are able to stay sufficiently warm and dry to complete the ride.
From our start point, we ride to the Three Sisters Lookout. Then using back roads and a short stretch on the Great Western Highway, and stopping at further lookouts, we make our way to Wentworth Falls Lake after 14 km where there are toilet and water facilities.

Continuing on sometimes narrow and gently undulating back roads we arrive at Hazelbrook after 25 km for coffee.

At Woodford we ride downhill on the shoulder of the Great Western Hwy to Faulconbridge where we visit the Corridor of Oaks to view the trees planted by successive Prime Ministers since Federation.

The ride continues mostly on back roads to the historic Mitchells Pass Rd that was surveyed & built by Major Thomas Mitchell in 1823. We stop at Lennox's Bridge, the oldest stone arch bridge in mainland Australia. The bridge was completed in 1833 and is named after its Scottish design engineer and built by hand-picked convicts.

After a rest stop here, we descend the last few kms to Emu Plains Station for one of the frequent trains back to Sydney.

Water and toilets are available at most of the many reserves and Rail Stations along the route. The route is never far from the Main Line Railway and Stations are frequent should anyone need to leave the ride

We ride mostly on back roads as well as along the Great Western Hwy on a substantial shoulder for approx. 13.7 km so experience with fast moving traffic is required. There is significant descending on this ride, so all riders must be competent at cornering and descending.

An additional challenge for this ride is the logistics of getting to the start and returning from the end. Riders will need to consider train times, congestion and capacity to take bikes at the desired time. Some considered planning will be required.

Notes: This ride is timed to commence with the arrival of the 936 am Katoomba train - catch from Central at 7.24 am. We will ride from Katoomba to Leura, visit one of the gardens featured in the Garden Festival (bring $10 cash for this purpose) then we will have a coffee break at Leura before commencing the thrilling downhill ride to Penrith.

This is a Bike North MEMBERS ONLY ride. Click HERE to join Bike North

Pre-registration is required through the Bike North website link

Ride LeaderKerry Tipton
Distance (km)53
approx. 19-22 kms/hr
Metres Climbed 211.103
GradeEasy Medium
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SuitabilityRoad, hybrid or mountain bikes. Riders must be competent and confident with long downhills and steep uphills (up to 12%) in the early part of the ride. Riders must be competent to ride on the highway shoulder.
FeaturesScenic and historic ride. Spectacular scenic bush lookouts, quiet undulating mountain roads. A part of the Blue Mountains that you will never see on a trip along the Gt Western Hwy.
Coffee stopHazelbrook
Expected duration4 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 registering for 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: 02/10/2022
Time:  09:45:00

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