Putty Road: The Dream Route For Motorcyclists
The Putty Road Route
One of the reasons Putty Road is such a popular motorcycling route is that it offers long stretches of straight road with scenic views, as well as a range of satisfying corners. The road runs from Windsor at the west of Sydney to Singleton in the Hunter Valley, and is approximately 170km long. It offers motorcyclists the much sought-after mix of open roads with sweeping bends and tight corners, and climbs from the Colo River to Colo Heights through a series of tight bends.
The road is well-maintained, and other than traffic, obstacles are minimal. The corners get tighter as you ride further into the Wollemi National Park, and the road surface is less predictable here, so exercise caution on this stretch. Around the bottom of Bulga Mountain is a stretch of 35-55km/hr corners, which is a particular favourite for many riders: the rock wall of the mountain reverberates as you weave round the bends. The road surface can be slippery here at times during wet weather, so take care as you enjoy this stretch of the ride. The ride takes about half a day, although if you stop or take detours to enjoy the scenery, you can easily make a full day out of it.
More adventurous riders can extend the route by turning off towards Putty, which will take you to a set of unsealed tracks and roads through the Wollemi National Park. If your bike’s designed for more adventurous trail riding and can deal with dirt tracks, this is a fun diversion that has long been popular with adventure riders. The route used to take you all the way through the park to Rylstone, but access is now blocked, so you’re best to rejoin Putty Road the way you came in, or follow the Howes Valley Trail east, taking several tracks to cut across to the Wollombi Road.
Along The Way
There aren’t many rest stops along the route, but Colo Heights Service Station can be found on the stretch of road at the top of the hill at Colo Heights, and is a good spot for refuelling - both your bike and yourself. Alternatively, Grey Gums Café is approximately halfway along the route, and is well-equipped for motorcyclists. Other refreshment points include the Bulga Tavern and Cockfighter Creek Tavern towards the northern end of the route. For non-riding diversions, try the market at Windsor if you’re exploring on a Sunday, or Wilberforce’s Indy 800 Kart Track for a bit more adventure.
Putty Road is one of the most satisfying routes in the area for motorcyclists, offering spectacular bends, exciting corners, and high-speed stretches. Make sure you’re well fuelled before leaving Windsor as stops are minimal, and extend the route as you please along the way to make a full day out of the ride.
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