Published on March 6, 2023
A rolling ride north of Orange with a solid climb up Kangaroobie Road on the way home.
I originally intended to have two versions of this loop, one more road-focused and this, the get-as-much-gravel-in as you can version. When I rode this loop the second time I realised however the gravel on Kangaroobie Road is just a bit too rough for a road bike, hence the level 2 rating.
This loop is an extension of the Mulyan Road route, which is a shorter mixed surface jaunt north of town which i’ve found myself riding a bit lately to mix things up.
Kangaroobie takes a left turn at the end of Kent Road, back on to Burrendong Way, out to the small village of Mullion Creek. From there it’s a left on to a (mostly) downhill run west before a left turn on to the gravel road that is Kangaroobie to bring you back to town.
From there you will sweep through classic Central West farming landscapes, the highlight of this ride I think, before taking on Kangaroobie Climb, 4kms at 4.3%, a mix of gravel and tarmac.
Note: as with all gravel roads the condition can change dramatically due to weather and road use.
Watch Out For
Road Condition: Generally good. Some patched sections. Gravel sections tend to be rocky hardpack with some loose corners.
Traffic: A quiet route for the most part particularly the gravel sections. Burrendong Way and the Northern Distributor can both get busy.
Variations / Extensions
Mulyan Road: the shorter version with no climbs of note, perfect for a short jaunt with some gravel thrown in.
Cullya Loop: a right turn off Clergate road takes you on to Cullya Road. Another northern loop.
Note: There is a section of new bitumen along the middle of Kangaroobie Road which isn’t reflected on the route maps.