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Back in the saddle: Cycling the NSW south coast (PART 2)


After feasting on oysters in Wollongong, JENNY ROWLAND continues her cycling adventure along NSW’s south coast. 

 

A long time fan of Tour de Vine’s gourmet cycling tours, JENNY ROWLAND was so keen to ride with them along the sparkling south coast of NSW that she was in her Lycra  faster than a Queensland border closure! Missed PART 1? Check it out here!

 

DAY 2: WOLLONGONG TO WINDANG

 

After deep sweet slumbers we are up and ready to ride to Windang.

 

A hearty breakfast is enjoyed at Mudcat right next to the hotel – fantastic coffee fit for any Sydneysider.

 

Today starts with a nice warm up cycle around the boat harbour followed by a ride to the Nan Tien Temple which is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere and is a great addition to the itinerary instantly transporting you to Taiwan. 

 

If you like vegan food – the laksa is to die for and with all these extra calories being burnt you can afford to indulge in the amazing Chai milk shake.

 

This place is quite magical and you should allow a couple of hours to explore and experience the peace and tranquillity along with the great views from the top of the temple. And you must check out the orchids – they are absolutely beautiful.

 

Next is a ride around the very picturesque Lake Illawarra before arriving at our second overnight stop Barrack Point Holidays next to Warilla Bowls Club.

 

These cute cosy cabins with outdoor showers are just a stone’s throw away from the blue waters of Windang beach – an absolute haven for water lovers offering fishing, boating windsurfing and surfing.

 

This evening we dine at a fantastic Thai restaurant (I am still dreaming I am overseas!!). Make sure you add this to your itinerary and go for the peppered prawns at Harbour Thai. So yummy. 

 

The weather has turned cold and windy so we need a good feed for the conclusion of our big south coast tour.

 

DAY 3: WINDANG TO KIAMA

 

We breakfast in Shellharbour village at MJ’s and gear up for a very wild and windy ride to Kiama.

 

Luckily the scenery en route is so dramatic it almost takes your mind off the hilly climb from the Minnamurra river. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this leg. In saying that we were definitely hampered by the gusty north westerly so without the wind it’s probably a breeze (ouch) and definitely worth the effort as we ride triumphantly into Kiama and reward ourselves with a blow hole visit.

 

Not quite the Champs-Elysees but a fitting end to a blowy day and an awesome 3-day cycling trip.

 

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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 6 October 2020

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