Cities, towns and regions are increasingly waking up to the potential of cycling tourism. I really appreciate it when the local council or other tourism body makes a real effort to promote cycling as part of a holiday. So kudos to Orange City Council and their ride guide.

Using this guide as inspiration, in November 2020 Mrs CyclingGravel and I had the opportunity to take a short escape and try three different routes. None are particularly gravelly, but all offer great country road cycling to consider as part of a weekend or short break holiday in the Orange region.

Orange to Molong

For those happy to combine backroads with some busier country routes, the trip to Molong is a great ride.

Mount Canobolas

Tackling this climb requires decent fitness, but is a rewarding ride

Orange to Millthorpe

Join the coffee hunters and enjoy brunch in this great country town

Other recommendations to go with the cycling

WineryBorrodell / Sister’s Rock

Offering beautiful views towards Orange, this up-market restaurant offers pleasant evening dining. We opted for dinner, though mid-ride lunch is also possible!


Not only does this place create award winning beer (see The Australian’s Top 20 Beers of 2020), it can be enjoyed with the great food from the Agrestic Grocer.

GelatoSpilt Milk Bar

Just what you need after a ride – an cold one of a different variety. So nice we went there more than once. The Mascarpone, jam and biscuit flavour was amazing…..

Pub The Lord Anson

Offering food that is a cut above pub grub, this great location is highly recommended. If it is still on tap when you visit, I can recommend the Borenore Pale Ale – a local boutique brew.

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