Carmel Cornella

  • Distance: 88 km loop.
  • Description: A brilliantly coloured surprise packet in a little known area. Traverses rich farming country between Rushworth and Mt. Carmel Range with 3 scenic amenity stops. All 3 stops offer accommodation so you can make it into a more relaxed overnight ride if the distance is a concern.
  • Amenities: Rushworth, Colbinabbin, Shiraz Republic
  • Accommodation: Rushworth, Colbinabbin, Shiraz Republic. Rushworth Forest (camp). Maybe also camping in Cornella and Gobarup reserves.
  • Ride surfaces: 72% gravel with some clay roads, 28% quiet sealed roads.
  • Terrain: Mostly flat to rolling, but with 2 short steep unsealed climbs (9-10%) of Mt.Carmel Range. Don’t be deterred, walk them if you need to, the scenic views are worth it. Total vertical metres = 732m.
  • Suggested Ride: Start at Rushworth, coffee & snacks or lunch at Colbinabbin, Beer and Pizza at Shiraz Republic after the 2 climbs, then slightly downhill back to Rushworth. All 3 stops offer accommodation so you can make it into a more relaxed overnight ride if the distance is a concern.
  • Highlights: Painted silos and Country Pub at Colbinabbin, Canola in bloom if spring, 2 very pretty climbs over Mt.Carmel Range, a Winery with a Brewery that serves Pizza. Lots of scenic farms and landscape.
  • For the gravel aficionados: Weeks gravel pit is NE from corner of Clarkson and Myola East Roads on this route. It is the source of the grey/white gravel found on the surrounding roads.
  • Link to gpx file: Download gpx file from this link – Carmel Cornella
  • Connects with: Golden Black Track, Kirwans Rushy Whroote, Reap the Red Ridge, Nabbin My Booty, Lap of Local Lakes and Carag Carag Wetlands Wetlands. See – GABCY Network.
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