78km / 1135m / 3hrs

Back of Mine

One of the best routes in Orange. Pine forests then farmland with sweeping views of the rolling hills to the South. Swing around the bottom of the mine and climb back up to the plateau.

Last updated June 14, 2022

Ride Profile

Elevation Profile

A beautiful ride… some of the most stunning scenery around Orange. The route heads out through the radiata pine forests that sweep the southern slopes of Mt Canobolas, before a lovely descent to Panuara. A short punchy climb brings you back towards Cadia Mine and offers 360 degree views of the district. You’ll sweep past the Mine’s tailings dam before joining the last section of the Newcrest Challenge to take on Piggery Hill.

This route is possibly better in reverse with some good climbing out from Panuara and up through the pines.

Ride Orange Panuara
Panuara

Food & Water

There is possibly drinkable tank water at Panuara tennis court (untested though). Forest Reefs Tavern is on the way home at the 56km mark

Watch out for

Road Condition: Quite good. As always watch for potholes. The few kms up Piggery Hill and beyond isn’t great.

Traffic: Generally quiet but be careful of the Cadia Mine shift change in the morning and evening when Cadia Road gets uncomfortably busy.

Wildlife: watch for kangaroos on the descent through the pines on Four Mile Creek Rd (from 17km’s).

Ride Orange Piggery Hill
Piggery Hill

Variations / Extensions

Back of Mine plus Millthorpe. Turn right at Tallwood Rd (53km) and head to Millthorpe for coffee or lunch (Providore is recommended). Extends the route to 95km (View on Ride with GPS). Watch the traffic on Millthorpe Road, single file recommended.

Back of Mine plus Blayney & Millthorpe. Turn right on Tallwood Rd (53km) and again on Carcoar Rd to ride to Blayney. Returns through Guyong and Millthorpe. Extends to 128km. View on Ride with GPS.