The Gates to the Woronora Pipeline and Loftus MTB

Getting to the Woronora Pipeline trail requires you to negotiate gates that are designed to keep motor bikes out and sort of let bikes through.  Here are the gates on the trails that get you to The Needles, a picturesque swimming hole.  Its a tricky area to get around and never go there if there is any hint of fire danger.   (Maybe try Loftus MTB Tracks)

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The woronora pipeline gates. This is the entrance at Old Illawara Rd in Menai. It was startiing to rain. You go over the rock on the RHS. I don't recommend this trail down to the needles, too steep and slippery.
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The woronora pipeline gates. The gate near The Needles on Woronora Rd. I was holding onto my heavy eBike with my left hand and nearly lost the bike down the steep hill as I was too busy balancing my self. Just lock your bikes to the gate and go exploring and swimming if you like. #biketrailwogate ...

The woronora pipeline gates. This is the gate you come to from Kelton Place in Woronora Heights. Its a long way down the hill till you get to the gate on a good road (think eBike) but its easy to get around over the corrugated fence. #biketrailworono #biketrailwogate ...

The woronora pipeline gates. The gate near The Needles on Woronora Rd. I just like the tree on the cliff. #biketrailwogate ...

The woronora pipeline gates. This is the gate at the top of Woronora Rd where it runs in a less steep slope to The Needles. You can get a normal bike through. #biketrailwogate #nowletsride ...

Sutherland Station to The Needles

Now you have seen the gates, here is the lowdown of the ride.  If you ride from Sutherland Station, there are some really steep ascents and descents. The trail down from the Woronora Cemetery is terrific but go easy as a lot of locals use it for walking.  First climb from Woronora is The Cresent. No cars are allowed on this but its a normal good road.  Perfect for hill climbing for road bikes.  The bigger descent is from Kelton Place. Its really steep but the road is pretty good bitumen till you get to the gate at the bottom.  This gate is easy to get around.  Then the road gets bumpy.  When you get to the Needles there is a trickier gate to get around.  The climb up Illawara Rd is quite technical and slippery when wet. Very steep.  The trail up the closed off Woronora Rd is fine and their a a gap in the gate for push bikes only.

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Time to ride down the pipe. #biketrailwopipe ...

This is the flat section of old illawarra rd from the needles to bardon ridge. Its very tricky, slippery and steep. Don't bother.. #biketrailwopipe ...

Woronora doesnt like cars. The town is split in half by a river and you have walk or ride to get to the other side.
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One of the treats of riding around woronora is the cemetery path that winds all the way down the hill with no steps to woronora village.

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One of the treats of riding around woronora is the cemetery path that winds all the way down the hill with no steps to woronora village. It gets steep. Lots of villagers use it so go easy

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For some odd reason, you cannot drive between woronora and woronora heights up The Cresent. I have been told that the residents wanted it closed to keep traffic to a minimum. Anyway you can ride your bike up the road and that's all that matters. #biketrailwopipe. ...

The road to head south to woronora heights from woronora is called The Cresent. It's only open to bikes and walkers and it's steep. But it's a good wide road. Gymea lillies pictured on the side of the road.
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Between woronora heights and engadine you will find some shared cycleway. Good.
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The Connection from Barden Ridge to The Needles

Riding (up in my case) a dilapidated and bumpy Old Illawarra Rd was fun but a bit risky. Not sure it was worth the effort and it got very bumpy. Going down could be more than tricky.  Didn’t ride to Woronora Dam as I didn’t want a equipment failure on the bumpy track by myself and there were many more gates to work out.  See more on Woronora here >>

Its the red eBike trail on the map and Old Illawarra Rd is in black

Loftus Oval MTB Fire Trails

A safe way to get to Loftus from Sutherland Station is to ride through the cemetery and out the gate at the southern end.  Then follow the back road down to the station.  To get to Loftus fire tracks, cross the railway at the station and go down behind the Tram Station.  Cross the highway using the bike verge and then look for a mtb path in the bush to the left.  Head left from there to get to the fire tracks.  Ride the fire tracks first to get your bearings before diving into the single tracks. Maybe ask the mtb riders you see which are the best. Watch out for other riders and if you are going uphill, let the downhiller go past.   Read more about the area here 

Distance: 10km

Post Author: BikeTrail.Blog

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