Southern Highlands to Nowra
Suggested duration: 5 days
Notes:Bring some kind of water purifying device, as most of the water will require treating.
Day 1 (60km)
Catch the train along the Southern Highlands line (you may need to change at Campbelltown). Get off at Bundanoon and ride to Marulan. If you're feeling lazy, stay on the train until Marulan.
There's a tiny bit of highway riding before you turn off onto quiet Jerrara Rd, which will take you to Bungonia. Follow the signs to Bungonia State Conservation Area, where you can camp for the night and fill up on water (current rates listed here).
Day 2 (70km)
Ride back to King St in Bungonia and turn left (south). Turn right onto Sandy Point Rd about 30km south of Bungonia. This is mostly unsealed. This road meanders south-east, and you turn left onto Mayfield Rd and then left again onto Stewarts Crossing Rd. There are a couple of creek crossings, so near one of these is probably a good place to pitch your tent by the side of the road.
Day 3 (70km)
Depending on how far you got the previous day, ride a little way and turn right onto Nerriga Rd. This will take you into Braidwood, which is probably a good place to get some morning tea (or lunch, depending on your pace) and stock up on supplies.
Ride out of town on Wilson St, which becomes Mongarlowe Rd and then Charleys Forest Rd. You can pitch your tent in Wog Wog camping area, north of Charleys Forest. Camping here is free. It's about 5km from the main road along a dirt road.
Optional rest day: Wog Wog is an entrance point to the Morton National Park. If you have the time, it's worth wandering in for a day.
Day 4 (50km)
Continue north and turn right onto Nerriga Rd, which becomes Braidwood Rd. This climbs up into the hills. There are lots of little roads off the side here, so you can choose to go down one a little bit and find a nice camp spot when you're tired, perhaps somewhere around Tianjara Falls?
Day 5 (50km)
Continue along Braidwood Rd and turn left onto Deans Gap Rd. This is a dirt road which becomes Yalwal Rd. You can just follow this road, or take a detour along the Shoalhaven River on Burrier Rd (which meets back up after about 15km). Ride triumphantly into Nowra, eat a huge meal, and get the train back to Sydney.