Meryla Pass: Moss Vale to Nowra

26 November 2020


1-2 days

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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.

Route notes

Day 1

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. There are two campgrounds pretty close to each other: just below the cliffline at Gales Flat (no facilities), or down the bottom by the creek at Griffins Farm (where there's a 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

Important details

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.

Additional resources

Kangaroo Valley visitor information