A cycling / sightseeing visit to a classic autumn destination.

In 2021 the Autumn Classics weekend will be going to Newcastle – May 28th, 29th & 30th

BN contact – John Williams willijoh@fastmail.fm  ph 0409-324-317

Explore Newcastle by bike.  Rides will be at a gentle pace – with the whole point being to have a look around while we ride.

Rides Summary

DateCycling & Activities
Thursday May 27th possible optional ride – check closer to the event
Friday May 28th 1pm Start.
Newcastle City Tourist Ride Easy 29 km shared user paths and some local streets / mostly flat / gentle Pace https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29843708
Saturday May 29th 8.45 am start (sharp) at Queens Wharf, so we can catch the 9am ferry to Stockton. Newcastle Grahamstown Dam Grade Medium: 66km, shared user paths and local streets / some sections on shoulder of road with some traffic or semi rural road. Mostly flat / Gentle Pace. Coffee Stop at Heatherbrae (Pie Shop) or Raymond Terrace. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34810450
Sunday May 30th9am Start. Newcastle Fernleigh Track  Easy Medium Grade 47km mostly shared user paths (rail trail) and some local streets / flat with two inclines but gradient are only 2% / Gentle Pace. Coffee stop at Belmont Shops. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34810557

These will be led rides and conducted under the ride protocols of bike north with a sign on sheet, briefing at the start etc. Rides are mostly on road with some cycle paths or on-road cycle lanes.

All rides will leave from Queens Wharf Newcastle


Riders must be 18years and over. Restricted to members of BN. (got friend who wants to come with you – easy; have them join BN $35).


Pre-registration via the Rides Calendar or send an email to John Williams willijoh@fastmail.fm 


Normal on bike requirements, warm clothing for on and off the bike. Include a wet weather jacket if forecast include showers. If you plan to use your bike for evening transport – make sure you have lights on your bike.


Breakfasts up to you. Coffee stops and a lunch stop (on Saturday) will be included on the rides. Details on the evening meal options will be circulated closer to the event.


Transport to and from Newcastle, will be the responsibility of participants. Travelling by train is a good way to travel to Newcastle, or, it is a very easy drive.


Participants need to make their own accommodation bookings, ideally somewhere that is easy to get to Queens Wharf. Some of us are staying at The Travelodge Hotel.

Travelodge Hotel contact details: https://www.travelodge.com.au/book-accommodation/newcastle/hotel-newcastle/

Previous Autumn Classic Locations

2020 Bundanoon: 2019 Bundanoon: 2018 Canberra: 2017 Canberra