If you thought 2020 was an adventure then we challenge you to consider an exciting new adventure (of the good kind) in 2021 as we head to the Central West of NSW to cycle 450km and raise money and awareness for Hands Across the Water. 

Steeped in history you will cycle through areas where the Wiradjuri people have hunted and gathered for their group for 40,000 years, spend time in a town where Henry Lawson spent his childhood, and see the landmarks that Banjo Patterson famously refers to in his poetry. 

We will start and finish in arguably the finest wine region in NSW, Mudgee; if you want to challenge that, come early or stay on and explore the award winning vineyards.  

We don’t want to just ride through this area, we want you to experience what it has to offer and for that reason we have selected Dubbo as our rest day.  Dubbo is the home of the Taronga Western Plains Zoo that offers an immersive experience with open range exhibits. The best way to get around is on a bike but if you’re bum needs the day rest, you can always opt for a buggy! 

This is going to be an adventure; this is not a 5 star luxury experience. We’ll be going off the beaten track, visiting small regional towns, and supporting those who have had a tough year with drought, bushfires and now Covid. 

It’s time for us to take the road less travelled in our own backyard and raise much needed funds for our kids. Will you join us?





Whether you are a seasoned rider or new to the sport, you can join us on this adventure. The goal is not to finish first, but to finish together. You can make this your own personal challenge or, in true Aussie spirit, grab a bunch of mates and join as a team.  Whatever you decide you won’t be disappointed and you definitely won’t be left behind. 

Our rides are inclusive and we pride ourselves on the team camaraderie that our experiences create. We start together, eat together, wait together and finish together. It’s how we roll at Hands. 

This particular ride spends a lot of time in the backcountry and on trails so there is minimal traffic to contend with. If you are a nervous rider when it comes to cars on the road, this is definitely the experience for you. 


  1. You will need to fundraise $4,000 for Hands Across the Water. Fundraising may seem daunting at first, but the team from Hands are here to help you every step of the way. With a bit of work and commitment you can reach, and even exceed your fundraising target, raising vital funds to allow the kids to live a life of choice.
  2. You will need your own hybrid or mountain bike for the experience. We will be spending a lot of time on unsealed roads and national park trails so a road bike would not be suitable for this experience.
  3. We strongly recommend training for this experience. This ride is Moderate in grading which means a reasonable level of fitness is required. There are some undulating routes with occasional climbs and rough surfaces. Nothing that can’t be achieved with a bit of training and team support. 

And finally… a note for the ladies 

We must be transparent up front. As we are spending a lot of time in backcountry, there are a large number of water stops that do not have toilets so you will need to embrace a “so what” attitude as the world becomes your toilet on this adventure. 

Cost and Payment Details

Tour Cost: AU$2,295 inc GST

Included: Accommodation, meals, support crew, riding kit, bag, and training shirt. Details included in the travel document.

Not included: Domestic flights if travelling from interstate, transfer to the start of the ride, alcohol, travel and bicycle insurance.

Fundraising Requirement: AU$4,000

Payment Schedule

  • Deposit: $500
  • 1st December - $1000
  • 1st February - $795

Single supplement will not be available in all towns. Please speak to us if you wish to arrange but we can not promise we will be able to fulfil your request. 

Please email [email protected] to make arrangements or ask questions. 




PROPOSED ITINERARY - 450kms in 6 days

17th March - Travel to Mudgee
18th March - Mudgee to Dunedoo
19th March - Dunedoo to Mendooran 
20th March - Mendooran to Dubbo
21st March - REST DAY 
22nd March - Dubbo to Wellington
23rd March - Wellington to Gulgong
24th March - Gulgong to Mudgee
25th March - Travel Home

Hands Across the Water recognises the Wiradjuri people as the traditional owners and custodians of the Central West land.