Bland Shire is a local government area in the Riverina region of New South Wales. It covers an area of 8,560 square kilometres and is located on the boundary between the Central West and Riverina regions. The area is adjacent to the Newell and Mid-Western highways.
The largest town and council seat is West Wyalong. The region also includes the towns of Wyalong, Barmedman, Tallimba, Ungarie, Weethalle, and Mirrool. The major economic activities of the shire are agriculture, mining, transport, tourism, and wholesale distribution.
Enough of the boring stuff. The Bland Shire is a cyclist’s dream come true. If you are a Gravel-Grinder or Bike-Packer, then you’ll love the Bland; it is a must visit place to put at the top of your adventure list. If you’re a Roadie, come too, it’s still good and there are plenty of quiet roads on offer.
A magnitude of uninterrupted space with plenty of interesting sights to entertain the eyes and dirt roads that stretch on for ever. It’s a maze of intertwined dirt roads that link the farms and vast spaces around the central hub of West Wyalong/Wyalong. Start peddling on one road and keep going until you have cycled the entire shire and completed all 9 loops and travelled over 1400km.
All the rides start in the centre of West Wyalong and return to the start point in the main street. Ride an entire loop or part of it depending on your fitness and ambition. When you get back you can enjoy all the accommodation, food, and entertainment on offer in West Wyalong and Wyalong. Kick back and revel in your accomplishment, kudos to you, you deserve it.
For you hard-core Bike-Packer, guys, and girls, and you know who you are, taking cycling to its limits, Route 1 is for you! Cycle the entire perimeter of the Bland Shire and you get more kudos than everyone else. We all love kudos!
While some of the distances may appear daunting, there is little elevation to contend with – its flat! You can shorten any of the tracks and create a smaller loop.
Simon & Greg