Narooma to Mystery Bay and return
This is a wine, history and mystery tour. Enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the region.
ROUTE: Nar 3 - Wine, History and Mystery Tour
DISTANCE: 30 km return
GRADE: moderate, reasonable level of fitness required
VERTICAL ASCENT: 550m
SUITABLE: Mountain bikes or hybrids
The route is a mixture of sealed surface, gravel road, and gravel track (short sections). It has a number of short hills which gives it its moderate grading. The steepest section is when you make your way through the urban area of south Narooma. So don't be put off!
This ride follows the Old Highway to the Tilba Winery then climbs Watertank Rd to the Princes Highway. From here it follows a short section of single track to Mystery Bay Road, which leads in to the village. An alternative route into Mystery Bay is to follow the historic velodrome option described at the end of the Cue sheet.
Mystery Bay has many scenic views of beaches and rugged cliffs distorted by massive geological movements of the past. The turnaround point is the National Park's Picnic area at the southern end of the Village which is equipped with barbecues, an interpretive display board, tables and seats and toilet. There is a viewing platform south of the picnic area, providing views of the coast. As it is basically an out and back ride you can go as far you feel comfortable and then return. Turning around at the Tilba Winery or calling in for coffee or lunch is a possibility.
A further very scenic option is to return to Narooma via Central Tilba by using Sunnyside Road, this is signposted as Nar5 and details are below. This option adds 10km to the ride length.
Ride starts at large Car Park in Riverside Dr near Boat Ramp and Restaurants. Head south along Riverside Dr following cycle route Nar 2
Pass Bettini Lane on left
Pass Davison St on left continue on foreshore road (Lake View Dr) to end of road
Proceed straight ahead on track through foreshore reserve
At end of track join sealed road (Gem Cres) up the hill.
Turn right into Gareth Ave
Turn left into Dorothy Dr and proceed up the hill
Turn right into Cole Cres
Turn right on to the Old Highway keep following this.
Pass Flying Fox Rd on right
Pass Scenic Dr on right and now follow signs for cycle route Nar 3
Pass Corunna Rd on left
Pass Lilyvale Rd on right
Pass old Cemetery on sharp bend on left
Cross bridge on Corunna Creek
At top of hill turn proceed straight ahead on to gravel road
Just past the Tilba Winery entrance turn left up the hill into Watertank Rd
At the intersection with the highway, you have two choices. You use the narrow shoulder of the highway to head north to the Mystery Bay turn off (signposted), OR cross the Princes Highway with care, head left and join a gravel single track that follows the eastern side of the highway to Mystery Bay Rd.
When you reach Mystery Bay Rd head east to the village. OR Take the Velodrome option as shown below.
Near foot of hill pull into the reserve on the left and read about the history of Mystery Bay. From here, proceed up over the hill to the National parks Picnic area.
Historic Velodrome OPTION
This option takes you to the historic 100 year old Velodrome, the home of the then Corunna Cycle Club.
At the intersection of Mystery Bay Rd with the Highway, cross over Mystery Bay Rd if coming from the single track, or take first left if coming from the Highway and join the gravel road that looks like the access to the farm. This is a public road. Follow this road down the hill. Take care as it has a loose gravel surface near the bottom of the hill
At the foot of the hill turn right and enter the National Park through the gate. Follow the grass track along the top of the cliff. Take the second track on the right to get to the old Velodrome. It can take a bit of looking to find it. It is a mown grass oval track some 400m in length.
Ride around Velodrome to be part of history. From here return to the foreshore track and follow it down to beach. If you get lost do not worry as you will soon get back on track. Just keep heading south
Walk bikes across the shingle beach to steps on the opposite side. Walk / ride bikes up the steep rise.
At top of rise you are in the rustic camp ground. There are many tracks in this camp ground. Try to follow the coast line and look for opportunities to walk to the edge of the cliffs to view the interesting geology of Mystery Bay. Follow the tracks and gravel roads through the camp ground back to Mystery Bay Rd where you turn left.
If you have the energy, a lovely 5km extension is to visit 1080 beach. Go back along the road you came in, and turn down Lamont Young Drive. It's at the bottom of the hill, opposite the car park and the monument that explains the mystery of Mystery Bay. Ride along for a couple of hundred metres to a narrow road to the left (there may be a National Parks and Wildlife Service sign at the turnoff). The gravel road passes through the Eurobodalla National Park to Pooles Beach, and a little further on, to 1080 Beach. These are both excellent beaches.
Return through Central TilbaOPTION using Nar5
An alternative route back to Narooma is go via Central Tilba, this is 10km longer but does provide some stunning new scenery and views. The last 10km of this option into Narooma are however the same as the route you took to Mystery Bay. To take this option, which is signposted as Nar5, head out of Mystery Bay and turn left into Sunnyside Rd, (gravel road). When you reach the sealed road which is called Victoria Creek Rd (old highway) turn left and head up to the Princes Highway. Turn left (south) along the new highway for 300m then turn right into Corkhill Dr and descend to Central Tilba. When you reach the shops turn right and follow the sign posted route Nar4 back to Narooma.