Cargo to Cowra
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Cargo to Cowra

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Distance
Distance

67.7 km

Sealed Road
Sealed Road

67.7 km

Unsealed Road
Unsealed Road

0 km

Difficulty
Difficulty

2 - Vigorous

Terrain
Terrain

Net Downhill

Time
Time

3 Hours

Average Speed
Average Speed

22 km/h

Climb
Climb

7.8 (m/km)

Climb
Climb

530m

Descend
Descend

814m

Min Elevation
Min Elevation

277m

Max Elevation
Max Elevation

628m

At a Glance

The route between Cargo, Canowindra and Cowra is a gentle touring ride with very little climbing.  The route emerges from the foothills of Mount Canobolas and onto the fertile river flats of the Lachlan River. This presents an opportunity for riders to visit points of interest at both Canowindra and Cowra.

Sensory Engagement

The views back towards Mount Canobolas continue with landscapes and vistas again a feature of this route.  It is another perfect day to capture photos.  Riders will enjoy agricultural variety, including cattle, sheep, and alpacas, as well as stunning canola crops in spring or the seasonal cropping of wheat.

What’s the best bike for this route?

There are around 60.6km of sealed road and 7.1km of unsealed road surfaces on this route.  This ride can be done on a road bike, if riders are aware of the varying quality of the sealed roads (and a little bit of gravel) before setting out from Cargo.  Gravel and hybrid bikes are probably the best choice for this ride, with most riders choosing tyres above 32mm.

Route Difficulty

This ride is rated as 3 on a scale out of 9, or a “tough gig” as it is a solid hit-out for most people.

Something for everyone, on and off the bikes

Orange 360 showcases the natural beauty of this gorgeous Region.  Set in the heart of Wiradjuri Country, people can explore historic sites, wineries, cideries, towns, villages and events all year round.  Catering for all forms of experiential adventurers, there is something for everyone on and off the bikes.

Cowra has a population of 10,000 people.  There are numerous hotels, motels and air BNBs available for accommodation and good meals at hotels and restaurants.  The excellent information centre is situated just on the southern side of the Lachlan River.  It is a source of local knowledge and stories.

Some groups may consider staying over at Cowra an extra night to do a day ride or some sight-seeing.  The icon tourist attraction for Cowra is the Japanese Gardens. It is a steep climb to the gardens but an easy ride back to the CBD.  The Cowra POW Breakout is also a very good exhibition. There is information on short bike rides that might interest some riders.

Check out the Orange 360 website to explore the locations and local events on offer for when you are riding this section of the Orange Villages Bike Trail.

Course Notes

There is a cue sheet for this route on Ride with GPS, including cues and distances that align with the descriptions below.

Head up the hill on the Cargo Road from the centre of Cargo and then on to Canowindra. The road is undulating and a little narrow for the first 10 km. It is a pretty ride. Turn left at the T intersection with the Canowindra Road about 5 km north of Canowindra (18.2 kms).  Turn right at the intersection with the Belubula Way (22.3km) and ride down Ferguson Street to the main street of Canowindra (Gaskill Street). Turn left at the Age of Fishes Museum, which is also the Tourist Information Centre.

Canowindra has a famous historical main street with numerous interesting shops and buildings. There are plenty of coffee shops in the main street, which are perfect for refuelling cyclists.

After refuelling, riders pedal south then east along Gaskill Street, and turn right onto the Tilga Street/Canowindra Road towards Cowra.  Take it steady on the short climb up the hill and cycle out of town.

Turn right then left onto Rivers Road (27.0km) and follow the signs towards Billimari. Road cyclists wanting to stay on sealed roads, turn left onto Bangaroo Road (31.1km), while Gravel riders will pass the left turn and continue along Rivers Road to the left turn onto the gravel of Troopers Road (32.8km), and then Mt Lewis Road (35.9km). Riders have a gentle climb here and are rewarded with gorgeous views to the east before returning to the bitumen on Bangaroo Road and turning right (39.9km).  Billimari village is another 5km of pedalling.

Turn right at the T intersection with Billimari Road, then left onto Sloan Street (44.1km) and through the village to North Logan Road (46.0km). Turn right onto North Logan Road which takes you to Redfern Street in Cowra (66.5 kms). Turn right and the road will lead you to the centre of town to finish near the Post Office.

Total Distance 67.7 kilometres.

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