44.2 miles
3,554 ft
-3,580 ft
925 ft
High Point

Mostly gravel loop through Budgong, crossing the Shoalhaven river behind Coolendel and returning through Burrier to Nowra / North Nowra.
Turn left ~25km onto Ruins firetrail, continue to gate the decent becomes rougher & steeper with a few short pinches.
Take left fork towards bottom of trail - track heads towards houses - map will lead across paddock (under fence) rejoining track close to river access.
Continue east along the riverbed (large river stones + very sandy) to shallow river crossing opposite Coolendel and short hike up the bank using a walking trail (camping available at Coolendel), continue on the gravel / sealed road through Burrier back to Nowra (with some extra gravel along Old Bamarang Way and fire trails)
Access to Nowra via firetrails, continues through to Nowra Show Ground

Detailed Description
Budgong, Coolendel & Burrier loop is a 44 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Nowra. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 3,554 ft with a max elevation of 925 ft then descends -3,580 ft.


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More Stats for Budgong, Coolendel & Burrier loop mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    4 hr 3 min
  • Altitude min
    27 ft
  • Altitude start
    208 ft
  • Altitude end
    180 ft
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  • Distance climb
    22 miles
  • Distance down
    18 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Budgong Rd
Dec 27, 2021 @ 11:43am
Dec 27, 2021
Ruins Firetrail
Feb 22, 2020 @ 12:36pm
Feb 22, 2020
The whole area has been severely burned out by the recent fires. The recent heavy rains have washed the ash and soil into creeks, holes, etc. Duffy's Rd was drivable but has some big boggy patches with very soft, wet ash. I didn't ride or drive this trail - only speed at the top- but imagine you would need to be very cautious.
Grassy Gully Rd
Jan 1, 2020 @ 4:16pm
Jan 1, 2020
All trails impacted by major wildfires. Will be dangerous conditions in this area until trails can be reassessed and open by local authorities. Please stay off the trails. reporter
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