A four-day short break, cycling in New South Wales between Thirroul and Kiama, on Sydney’s doorstep. Ride on flat, car-free cycling trails for the most part. Your first cycle takes you to Wollongong, famous for its surf and natural swimming pools, but also for Mt. Keira and the Illawarra mountains, which overlook the city. The next stop is Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere, en route to Lake Illawarra and Windang, with your trip coming to a close along the dramatic cliffs and coastal landscapes of Kiama. Stay in hotels and cabins, with luggage transfers. Both hybrid and e-bikes are available to rent on this tour.
- Nan Tien Temple
- Lake Illawarra
- Windang Beach
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Day 1: Thirroul – Wollongong | 16km
Arrive in Thirroul, where you have a meet and greet, get your bikes and drop off your luggage before beginning the first day’s cycle. The route begins by following quiet roads towards the beach and coastal cycle path, which passes lagoons and waterways to reach Wollongong. The route takes approximately two hours, leaving plenty of time for sightseeing and swimming. Be sure to pack a swimsuit, as there are numerous places to stop for a quick dip along the way.
- Cycling for the day: 16km
- Accommodation: Novotel North Beach Hotel or similar
Day 2: Wollongong – Windang | 25km
After breakfast, today’s route begins with a short cycle around the harbour in Wollongong, before heading inland toward Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Spend some time wandering through the temple and gardens or stop for a bite to eat at the tea house. Please note that cycling is not permitted within the temple grounds and respectful attire should be worn inside the temple. Leaving the temple, cycle around the shoreline of Lake Illawarra, before heading toward Windang Beach Tourist Park, located between Lake Illawarra and Windang Beach.
- Cycling for the day: 25km
- Accommodation: Windang Beach Tourist Park or similar
Day 3: Windang to Kiama | 25km
Follow the bike path along the beach and toward Shellharbour. With plenty of cafes and restaurants, this is a great place for an early lunch or morning snack. After navigating the quiet suburbs around Shellharbour, the route heads through mangrove swamps toward the mouth of the Minnamurra River. From here, the final 8km to Kiama has quite a few hills, so be sure to leave plenty of time for this section, which offers dramatic views of the coastline. Along the way, stop at one of the many swimming beaches, picnic locations or cafes.
- Cycling for the day: 25km
- Accommodation: Kiama Shores or similar
Day 4: Departure
Departure after breakfast with a complimentary transfer to Kiama train station.
What to expect
Accommodation on this tour includes a mix of hotels and cabins. They have been carefully selected based on a variety of criteria including their location, warm hospitality, fine local food or commitment to responsible tourism. All rooms have en-suite or private bathrooms.
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Hotels are subject to availability. In the event of a particular hotel being fully booked for your chosen dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available en route, lunches and snacks can either be bought from local shops or packed lunches can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either at the accommodation or from restaurants in the local area.
Difficulty and terrain
This trip is graded easy and includes cycling routes of 16-25km a day. The route is primarily flat and follows cycle paths the majority of the way. All participants should be able to read a map, follow directions and have a good sense of direction (read more about difficulty grades).
We strongly advise you to only follow marked trails and never try to shorten the path through unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed route notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed information on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to go
This trip is available all year.
The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates, meaning you can start your holiday on any date in the season.
Please note there is a surcharge per person for any tours booked that include or shoulder with an Australia or NSW public holidays.
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Our recommended airport for this holiday is Sydney (SYD).
By train or bus
From Sydney Airport, you can take a train to Thirroul Railway Station, changing at Wolli Creek Station (1h 30mins); for more details, visit TransportNSW or use the Omio planner above.
- 3 nights accommodation in private en-suite rooms
- 3 breakfasts with hot drinks (tea/coffee)
- All luggage transfers
- Transfer to Kiama train station on departure day
- Environmentally-friendly cycling water bottles
- Lightweight Fairtrade cycling t-shirts
- Printed detailed itinerary, marked maps and route notes
- 24/7 phone support by our local office/representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable locally)
- Any items not explicitly listed as included
Options, extras and supplements
- If you’re travelling in a group, a supplement applies to group members who would like to have a room of their own
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
- Bike rental
Both hybrid and e-bikes are available to rent on this tour. All bikes come with bike locks, handlebar panniers and an extra rear pannier if required. Sample pictures attached below, note that the exact models may differ depending on availability, but the standard will be the same.
- Model: Trek FX 1
- Frame: Alpha Gold Aluminium, DuoTrap S-compatible, internal cable routing, flat-mount disc, rack and mudguard mounts, 135×5 mm QR
- Fork: FX Steel, flat-mount disc, rack mounts, 405 mm axle-to-crown, ThruSkew 5mm QR
- Shifter: Shimano EF500, 8-speed
- Brakes: Tektro MD-U310 mechanical disc, flat-mount, 160mm rotor
- Model: Velectrix Urban E-bike
- Frame: Aluminium low step through urban frame
- Fork: Zoom suspension fork with 80mm travel and lockout
- Gears: Microshift 8 gears
- Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes
- Speed: 25kph
- Battery: 36volt 11.6ah (417wh) lithium-ion battery, autonomy of up to 60km per charge.