The Nowra Weekend will be on again in 2021 (Covid and Covid rules allowing)
Dates for 2021: Thurs 9th – Sunday 13th December
Enjoy a weekend of cycling in and around Nowra
Register your interest by contacting the coordinator David Vasey . email: email@example.com or phone 0412 105 518 for more information
The rides will be run under Bike North Covid Safe protocols included limited numbers and pre-registration is required for these rides.
These rides are restricted to those who are double vaccinated. It is your responsibility, as a Bike North rider, to show proof of this before you start any of these rides.
At this stage, those who are not double vaccinated cannot participate in Bike North Rides.
Also remember that masks are still required in indoors, so they may be required in cafes when not drinking. Therefore, riders should also be carrying a mask in case they are needed.
Rides Program for 2021
Thursday Afternoon 12:00pm – Nowra to Greenwell Point
An easy ride through pretty dairy countryside. Visit the sea and see two boat ramps, boats moored and stop for nice fish and chips at Pelican Rocks Seafood Restaurant & Café (shuts at 3pm) or across the road there is DJ’s Fish ‘N’ Chips (shuts at 5pm).
This is a very flat ride and a good ride for beginners who what to get used to traffic over taking you.
Friday Afternoon 12:00pm – 1. Comerong Island or 2. Cambewarra Village
We would like to offer the Comerong Island ride on the Friday, but:
Council is undertaking works to refurbish the Comerong Island Ferry over the coming months. The normal Ferry service will be out of commission during this time.
- The project commenced on 21 June 2021
- The works were initially expected to take 3-4 months, however due to additional repair works and COVID impacts it is now estimated to be completed late November pending contractor confirmation
- The normal ferry service will be out of commission during this time
For more details, see:
This may impact our proposed ride in December.
The organisers will decide nearer the time which ride will be conducted.
In the meantime, the Cambewarra ride will be offered on the Bike North Calendar.
But here are the two options:
Option 1. – Ride to Comerong Island
An easy ride on bitumen from Nowra along the southern bank of the Shoalhaven River. The road, narrow but flat, winds firstly through the area’s original settlement of Terara, then rich dairy country. A vehicle punt transports you across the Crookhaven channel (for free!!) and a gravel road takes you through farmland, to a sandy track to the Nature Reserve (home to many migrating birds) and onto the ocean beach of Comerong Island.
This is a flat ride with about 10km of unpaved road surface once we are on the island.
If the ferry is not working by December, then the ride will be:
Option 2. – Nowra North to Cambewarra Village
A nice ride north to a little place called Cambewarra Village, passing over Good Dog Creek and down to Shoalhaven Zoo, back to Nowra.
A good ride for people who are comfortable with some country traffic and a few small hill climbs.
Saturday Morning 8:00am – Nowra to HMAS Albatross and Beyond
This is a lovely country ride up to the HMAS Albatross and Fleet Air Arm Museum, (which is now shut at the weekend). But we usually see helicopters and maybe light aeroplanes taking off and landing as we circumnavigate the aerodrome.
We will stop, this year, at Café Rene at South Nowra since the Fleet Air Arm Museum café is closed.
A good ride for people who are comfortable with some country traffic (and like aeroplanes!) But be aware that there is 3km of unpaved road at the back of the aerodrome.
Sunday Morning 8:00am Nowra to Berry and back via Agars Lane with an option to visit Shoalhaven Heads
Out: A pleasant backroad ride from Nowra to Berry via Bomaderry. There are a few short steep hills, but you are rewarded with great views over closely settled farming land. Berry is one of the regions tourist attractions and a great place for coffee and/or brunch.
Back: After leaving Berry, this ride takes you east through very pleasant undulating cattle farming country to the coast. Passed Seven Mile Beach National Park on Gerroa Road, we then turn right to explore Shoalhaven Heads and back to Bomaderry and over Shoalhaven River into Nowra
Alternatives after Berry:
- Catch the train back to Bombaderry and cycle the 2km back to the starting point. Trains are infrequent so check timetable.
- One person drives to Berry and picks you up and you can then drive back to Sydney, missing Shoalhaven Heads.
A good ride for beginners who want to extend themselves and experience some hill climbs. Note: Almost every year we have rode this route it has been really windy following the Shoalhaven River upstream back to Bomaderry
Meeting point: Meeting point for all rides: At the Iroquois Helicopter, corner Pleasant Way and Princes Hwy .
Note: Bring bike lights – this is country riding!
Accommodation: – make your own bookings. The suggested accommodation is Pleasant Way River Lodge (9 Pleasant Way, Nowra) – but you are free to stay anywhere in Nowra and make your way to the start of the rides.
Optional dinner arrangements for Friday and Saturday night will be provided, depending on COVID rules at the time.