Published on February 22, 2022
Sparse golden rolling hills… This route takes you North from Orange along the lightly rolling Burrendong Way through the tiny villages of March and Mullion Creek. After riding through Eucalypt forests the landscape opens up with sweeping views to the North and West before arriving in Euchareena, an equally small settlement North of Molong.
The road from Euchareena to Molong is picturesque. Quality grazing country with rolling golden hills and the odd small church or run-down shed.
This is an excellent route if you are looking for a good endurance ride without the steep climbs that many longer routes around Orange contain. There is plenty of climbing but the gradients allow you to maintain steady pacing.
Once through Molong there is a 10 min stretch of highway which is best ridden single file on the small shoulder. Turn on to Amaroo Road for a steady climb back towards Orange.
Due to the lack of shoulder and fast traffic during the day on Burrendong Way, this route is best ridden early, starting from Orange before 7.30am.
Traffic can be aggressive on Cargo Road so ride with caution. There isn’t much shoulder except around Nashdale. You can turn off to Lake Canobolas and head back via the Pinnacle to take the quieter option.
Food & Water
No food or water until Molong (about 2.5 hrs). Molong has a number of cafés, supermarkets and pubs.
Vineyards en Route
Borenore: Small Acres Cyder.
Watch out for
Road Condition: Very good, but as per all our roads, rough and patched in sections. Always watch for potholes, especially after rain.
Traffic: Be careful on Burrendong Way to Euchareena, especially on the way to Mullion Creek as it can get quite busy, ride single file as needed. Mitchell Highway from Molong to Amaroo Road and on Cargo Road – ride single file only. There is minimal shoulder, traffic can be heavy and is fast moving on both.
Variations / Extensions
Extend to Bowan Park Road (BPR). A great way to extend this into a bigger day out is to continue through Molong, on to Manildra and Cudal, then attacking the climb of Bowan Park Road after about 120k’s. See more about the route from Molong here. Extends the route to about 150km / 5.5hrs / 2,050m of elevation.
Return via Belgravia Road (gravel sections). More stunning scenery on the way back to Orange and avoids the Highway. There are gravel sections though, normally around a Level 1 – I ride it on a road bike but as always conditions can vary. Turn left a few k’s before Molong and head back to Mullion Creek before returning to Orange via Burrendong Way or through Clergate. Total ride 115km / 1,180m of elevation / 9kms of gravel.