St George BUG

A Mid-Autumn Ride: Around Lake Illawarra

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Start / Finish: Dapto: alongside the War Memorial in the park in front of the train station.
There are a few places in Dapto for coffee or a meal if you arrive early or want something after we finish the ride. Plenty of street parking.

Distance: 50 kilometres
Grade: Easy medium
Terrain: Largely flat but with a number of small hills. Follows the lake via parkland quite closely in many places.
Conditions: Mostly good cycleways and some quiet back roads but see note below.
Stops: There are a lot of pleasant parks and views across the lake so will stop briefly here and there to have a quick snack, drink, take a photo or just a short break. Very few shops along the way except Windang lunch / brunch stop so suggest you bring something to nibble.
Brunch: Planning to stop at Windang, a bit over half way, for brunch / early lunch / coffee / whatever.

Train: For anyone who would like to leave the car behind, there is a train that arrives at Dapto at 9:14 am, leaving Sutherland at 8:01 am. There is an hourly train service back to Sydney leaving around half past the hour; should be able to catch the 2:24pm.

Caution: There is one section of two kilometres near Haywards Bay (before Albion Park) that is alongside the (old) Princess Highway. It is marked as a cycleway /cycle route although it is essentially just the breakdown lane similar to say the ‘cycleway’ between Heathcote to Waterfall. It is regularly used by cyclists and in fact it cannot
be avoided if you want to loop the lake. I don’t think it is of any special concern but care needed; ride single file etc.

Weather: I wish I knew!!

Leader: Terry Hatton. 


Cycling can be an enjoyable and exciting activity. However, like many recreational activities that require physical exertion, cycling carries with it the risk of physical injury. The risks associated with cycling include the risk that:

  • you may be involved in a collision with people, animals, objects and/or vehicles;
  • you may lose your balance;
  • you may suffer from the effects of heat, cold, wind, rain and other weather conditions;
  • you may suffer from physical exertion;
  • you may become separated from the cycling group; and
  • you may fall from your bicycle.

These risks may result in death, bodily injury, disability, property damage and economic loss. There are other risks to which you may be exposed. You should ensure that you wear appropriate clothing and safety equipment, including a helmet.

By participating in the cycling activities provided by the organising Bicycle NSW Affiliated Bicycle User Group, you agree:

  • to obey all Australian and NSW road rules;
  • that your bicycle and equipment is in good mechanical order.
  • to comply with all directions given to you by Bicycle NSW employees or agents of the organising Bicycle User Group;
  • to take full and sole responsibility for any person under the age of 18 years who accompanies you in these cycling activities;
  • that you participate at your own risk; that the agreement for services provided to you by the organising Bicycle User Group does not include any implied or express warranty that the services of the organising Bicycle User Group will be rendered with due care and skill or that any materials provided by the organising Bicycle User Group in connection with the cycling activities will be fit for the purpose for which they are supplied;
  • that the organising Bicycle User Group has no liability to you for personal injury or death arising from the services that the organising Bicycle User Group provides to you; and

to indemnify organising Bicycle User Group against any claim, loss, damage, liability, cost and expense that may be incurred or sustained by the organising Bicycle User Group in connection with any act, matter or thing done, permitted or omitted to be done by you or which was in any way connected with your involvement in the cycling activities.
An approved Australian Standards helmet is required to be worn on all rides. No helmet, no ride. No exceptions. Please ensure your bike is in good working order and bring a spare tube, a pump, tyre levers, a full water bottle and any other tools you may require. It is also recommended you bring money for food and/or fares and your mobile phone.

Children – these rides are not a child minding service. Every rider under the age of 18 must be under the direct supervision of a parent/guardian. The parent/guardian must watch and control their children for the duration of the ride. The parent/guardian agrees to take full and sole responsibility for their children’s safety. Please contact the Ride Leader in advance to discuss the suitability of a ride for your children.

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Event date: 21/05/2023
Time:  9:15 for 9:30 Peddle off

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  Dapto Stn ,  NSW