Friday, 5 April 2013

Kulnura to Yarramalong along the Forest Road.

Red Hill Forest Road Sunday the 24th of March 2013:

A friend and I set off from Sydney at a fairly civilised 10 am and headed towards Kulnura, NSW. I was on the Suzuki DR650 and he was on the V-Strom. During the week I had been doing some investigative work on the NSW maps SIX viewer for some fire trails through the national parks around Sydney. The fire road - named 'Red Hill Forest Road' runs through Ourimbah State Forest and is also noted as a easy route on the Transaustraliatrail website. I thought it would a good starting point to build our confidence on dirt some more, without heading all the way to farm in the Hunter Valley.

So on to the ride. From George Downs Drive at the Kulnura shops we turned right and headed down Greta Road. About 4km down the road we took another right turn at Forest Road. At this point the roads are still Tar but narrow a little. Another 3.7km's down Forest Road it turns to dirt and becomes Red Hill Forest Road, maybe named after the red clay soil on the road and soil mine on the ridge on the right as we headed down the road?

Red Hill Forest Road is an easy ride with a mix of light sand, reddish clay, gravel and exposed rock sections. The only issue is that you don't always see the sand until you are in it as a result of the tree shadows. It is a fire Road and would be accessible by a car with some good height clearance. A few large berms  and ruts along the road might pose problems for low vehicles. The weather was perfect and was a good short ride. It was also nice to find out how comfortable I was starting to feel on the dr650. It was definitely confidence inspiring on all the road surfaces. Red Hill Forest Road took us all the way to Yarramalong road where we headed towards Yarramalong and then home.

The video below shows the route.

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