This route rises up through the hills, passes several springs and creeks, goes through a rainforest and pops you out at the top of Donna.
The top half of the route is closed to cars in winter. Great for cyclists and bushwalkers! It's all yours so what are you waiting for?
The only thing it needs are more corners. It's a bit of a straight road. Maybe one day, I'll have time to advocate for MTB trails to be built. There is so much forest and elevation (by Australian standards) out there.
This is what you get:
- 25 km of climbing (and descent, if going out and back)
- 1.2 km elevation (~3600 ft)
- clean mountain air
- cool animals and birds - you'll often see/hear lyrebirds and wombats
- snow (if you're lucky in winter!)
- dirt, unsealed and bitumen road
- Start from Launching Place (car park available)
- Ride up Don Road, C506 (opposite the Home Hotel)
- Reach 3-way intersection, turn right onto Donna Buang Rd, C505
- Follow signs to Donna summit
Which bike do I ride?Choices, choices! Options include:
- XC mountain bike with gears, no suspension needed
- singlespeed MTB (32:18 works for me)
- cyclocross bike (I don't have one, but have always thought this CX would be ideal)
- road bike (I have seen others on them, but personally, I wouldn't want mine to get dirty. It's really wet in winter)
MapHere's what it looks like on Strava:
WinterThis is what you get in winter (Aug 2012):
|This is where Don Rd meets Donna Buang Rd|
|Don Rd/Donna Buang Rd intersection (on a particularly wet winter day)|
|En route to the summit via the "soup kitchen" - today's special, pea soup|
|Summit. Showing excitement (with facial muscles partially frozen) about our rare Australian smattering of snow!!|
Summer (aka, winter 2011)This is what you (effectively) get in summer, or on a nice winter day!
|Donna Buang Rd - closed in winter to vehicular traffic, meaning it's all yours by bike!|
|My fave section - the rainforest|
|Summit on a dry day in winter|