There is a cue sheet for this route on Ride with GPS, including
cues and distances that align with the descriptions below. Note that this section includes 2 route
options: an all-sealed-roads route, and a route that combines sealed roads with
Today is a longer journey with ample time to stop and enjoy the
beautiful farming country, towns and villages on the way to Cargo. The ever-present
vista towards Mount Canobolas is a feature of this route.
Riders start in Bank Street near the railway station, and
ride up the main street to Edward Street and turn right, then left at Hill
Street which is also the Mitchell Highway.
Ride north along the Mitchell Highway and turn left at Castle Street
(1.6km) which is also the start of Banjo Paterson Way.
For gravel cyclists leaving Molong, there is a steady uphill
climb to Nyora Lane (3.5km). Take this
left turn and ride on gravel to Spring Vale Lane (5.8km) where riders turn
right and return to Banjo Patterson Way (7.7km). Turn left onto Garra Road (7.9km) and
cyclists will enjoy the views and a fabulous downhill ride to Manildra, turning
right at both Packham Drive (19.7km) and Kiewa Street (28.2km) to arrive in the
town centre (28.7km). Take care riding
through the flour mill precinct.
For road cyclists leaving Molong, there is a steady uphill
climb for 4 km to Garra Road (5.8km mark for road cyclists). Turn left. Garra
road takes you to Manildra. After going
1 km beyond the Garra village turn right onto Packham Drive (17.6km) and ride
on to Manildra (26.7km). Take care
riding through the flour mill precinct.
Manildra is the site of a large flour mill so be aware of
heavy vehicle traffic. Coffee and
toilets are available on opposite sides of the main street in the village. After a short refreshment break, the gravel
and road cycling route options continue from Manildra.
Gravel cyclists complete a short lap
of the town and then leave Manildra via Kiewa Street and then the Old Orange
Road to the railway line. Turn left
(31.2km) and ride east along Henry Parkes Way towards Orange. There is a gentle 5 kilometre climb
before riders turn right onto Scenic Drive (35.4km) that takes you to Cudal. This
gravel road is one of the features of this route, providing a postcard view of
Mount Canobolas to the east and timbered ranges to the west. The farmlands in between provide a glorious
colour palette to the riders at any time of day. At the T-intersection with Kurrajong Road (44.8kms),
turn left and enjoy the downhill ride into Cudal (47.7km).
Road cyclists leave Manildra and ride to the west towards
Parkes along Kiewa Street/Henry Parkes Way.
Turn left at Boree Street (27.2km), cross the railway line and onto Yellow
Box Road. Ride on to Kurrajong Road (31.9km),
turn left and follow this road through to Cudal (41.3km).
The Platypus Café is a great place for coffee and food, with
public toilets just across the road at Landauer Memorial Park. After another short refreshment break, the
gravel and road cycling routes continue from Cudal.
All cyclists pedal along Main Street/The Escort Way and then
turn right at Wall Street before heading out of town on the Davy’s Plains
Road. All cyclists continue along this
road, turning right at the intersection with Gavin’s Lane and riding on to the
intersection of Davy’s Plains and Bowen Park Roads. Gravel and road cyclists then part ways until
regrouping in Cargo.
Gravel cyclists turn left onto Bowen Park Road (53.2km) and
ride alongside Bourimbla Creek for just over 4km before turning right into
South Bowen Park Road (57.5km). This is
a beautiful section of gravel road with a slight uphill gradient, which has
some fabulous views and is a great way to round-out this section of the
ride. It also goes past the Pioneer
Brewing Company’s rural home. Riders
return to Davy’s Plains Road (68.1km) and turn left to ride into Cargo to
finish the ride.
Road cyclists turn right (46.9km) and continue along Davy’s
Plains Road passing Tamburlaine winery along the way. It’s an easy ride to Cargo with a moderate
hill just past Nanami Lane for the last 3 kilometres before riders complete
this ride (63.1 km).
There is a café on the left and the famous Cargo Inn on the
right. Lunch is available at the café until 2 pm. Accommodation can be arranged at the Cargo Inn
with a booking. Meals are available at the hotel. Best check the local websites
and social media pages, with venues also accessible through the Orange 360 website.
Gravel distance is 69.1 kilometres. Sealed road cycling distance is 63.1
This trail has been developed
with the support of local cycling enthusiasts, The Treadlies to showcase some
of our region’s most picturesque rides. Orange360 recommends that visiting cyclists
review road, weather and seasonal farming conditions before they embark on
their ride. Riders embark on their adventure at their own risk.