A very fun ride through a beautiful national park, Meryla Pass is a steep dirt fire trail that leads down from the Southern Highlands. You'll pass through the picturesque Kangaroo Valley, and there's optional camping.
Take the train to Moss Vale Station (there is a maximum of two bikes per train as the service from Campbelltown is only two cars). You'll roll out through bucolic countryside, and then turn off into the national park, which quickly becomes dense bushland. It's generally pretty quiet and atmospheric. Then you'll descend steeply down Meryla Pass, to the valley floor below. You can camp by the creek at a clearing called Griffins Farm (there are a couple of trees to hang a hammock off, and a long-drop toilet).
Day 2 (or continuation of day 1)
Wind your way on sealed roads into Kangaroo Valley, where you can pick up some treats at the general store. Then cross the old bridge and turn down the road to climb over Mount Scanzi, a fun pinchy dirt climb. Then cruise down into Nowra and get the train home (there is a maximum of two bikes per train as the trains are only two cars).
Map & GPS
Water and food sources
There are shops in Moss Vale before you leave town. The first water source is the creek at the bottom of Meryla Pass (water must be treated). There is a general store in Kangaroo Valley where you can buy food and drinks.
Weather and when to ride
Any time except summer. Summer can be extremely hot and dry, with the risk of bushfires.
What to ride
A gravel bike or gnarlier will get you through this ride. 32mm tyres are probably a minimum.