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Run to Bathurst for picnic lunch at McPhillamy Park Lookout

We will be heading for Bathurst today for a picnic lunch (BYO) at the McPhillamy Park lookout.  The route is very simple, so we donít need the usual detailed run sheet, however we will stop occasionally along the way to regroup. 

The run will take about 2 hrs each way from Richmond, hence the early start.  Round trip distance via Bells Line of Road is about 280 km.

 Route Card

Gathering Point: Car Park at the information kiosk on Richmond Road, Clarendon, west of Windsor, opposite the Richmond RAAF base.
Time: 8:30am for 9:00am start.

 
Route:  Stage 1 - Clarendon to Lithgow
West along Richmond Road into Richmond.
Left at lights into East Market St (signposted to Lithgow)
Right at lights into Kurrajong Rd, becoming Bells Line of Road, to Lithgow.
Beware of speed camera (60kph) up Bellbird Hill to Kurrajong heights.
In Lithgow, group up on left by Ford dealership, just as you enter the town.
Proceed into Lithgow, right at 2nd lights by Caltex garage (on right) and immediately left.
Suggest T & P stop at McDonalds on right just before traffic lights onto Great Western Hwy

Stage 2 - Lithgow to Bathurst
Right onto the Great Western Hwy and head for Bathurst.
Group up on left as you approach the township.
Stop in Bathurst, if necessary, to buy food and drink (shops in William St which is left at second set of lights after crossing the river), then continue south west along William St becoming Panorama Av and onto the Mt. Panorama Circuit.
Beware of speed limits on Mt Panorama, and be aware that the circuit is NOT a one way road.  Head up the mountain to McPhillamy park for lunch stop.  There are toilets up there.
 

Distances: Windsor - Lithgow  86km (via Bells Line of Road)  (1hr 20 mins approx)
Lithgow - Bathurst 55km (30 - 40 mins approx)

 
Return home The way we came to Lithgow, then either back down Bells Line of Road or follow the Great Western Hwy through Katoomba.  On busy weekends (which is almost every weekend), Bells Line of Road may be quicker, even though it may be further for you.
 
Other things to do Visit the Museum at Mt Panorama circuit.
On the way home, just before Lithgow, detour to Mt Piper power station where you can participate in the hands-on education centre.  Generate your own electricity.
 
Speed Cameras 60 kph - Bells Line of Road, towards top of Bellbird Hill, Kurrajong Heights
90 kph - Gt Western Hwy, Hartley
60 kph - Richmond Road, Berkshire Park
60 kph - George St, South Windsor
80 kph - Gt Western Hwy, Valley Heights

For up-to-date camera locations search Google for speed camera locations NSW or go to The RTA site

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