March, 2020

06MarAll Day08Zoo2Zoo Ride: Canberra to DubboAn epic adventure from Canberra to DubboCanberraState:ACT,NSWDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:160+ km,81-120 kmType Ride:Charity,Multi-day,Recreational

Ride Details

The Canberra to Dubbo Zoo2Zoo ride combines some of the best scenery with supporting a good cause! 

The Canberra to Dubbo Zoo2Zoo Ride is an organised three-day social group ride that rides through the countryside between the ACT and NSW whilst raising awareness and money for research, treatment, and education into depression and bipolar disorder.

The Z002Zoo Ride started in 2006  when a group of friends rode from Taronga Zoo to the Western Plains Zoo, with the simple goal of raising some money. Since then, the Z002Zoo Ride has evolved into a series of 5 rides held throughout the year: Melbourne to Canberra, Canberra to Dubbo, Canberra to Mogo, Sydney to Dubbo and Molong to Dubbo.

The Z002Zoo Ride is now raising money for the Black Dog Institute, which is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.

The Canberra to Dubbo stint is a three-day ride.

Day 1 Canberra to Young. (179km) Day 1 starts quite early at a zoo, of course, the National Zoo & Aquarium.  You’ll leave Canberra past Stromlo Forest Park into the rolling hills on the outskirts of Canberra, with the beautiful Brindabella Ranges as the backdrop. When arriving at Yass, you’ll stop for a break before heading to the cherry capital of Young.

Day 2 Young to Molong. (173km) Day 2 is a big day with some distance to cover! You’ll enjoy a short climb out of Young before a nice flat ride towards Cowra. You’ll then make your way through open fields into Canowindra, followed by some gentle climbs up to Cudal, finishing with some very picturesque country as you ride into Molong. Molong is where you will stop for the night. A big day at the office, as some would say!

Day 3 Molong to Dubbo. (115km) Day 3 is a relatively short day of riding that starts with a nice short ride up and down some rolling hills into Cumnock. After stopping for breakfast,  you’ll then continue on through the backcountry to Yeoval. After another coffee break,  you’ll then have some good climbs and descents through some beautiful countryside before riding into Dubbo.  The whole peloton will then ride together into the Western Plains Zoo, which marks the end of our journey. A journey of 115 kilometres today.

This sounds like a great 3 days of riding through some beautiful rural areas with some breathtaking scenery. Plus it isn’t a  bad way to make some new friends whilst also supporting a good cause!

You’ll find other great rides, like the Canberra to Dubbo Zoo2Zoo Ride, in our online Cycling Event Calendar.



The Canberra to Dubbo Zoo2Zoo ride combines some of the best scenery with supporting a good cause!


6 March - 8 March


3 thoughts on “Zoo2Zoo Ride: Canberra to Dubbo”

  1. Hi Zoo to Zooers;)
    Max here (BikeOdyssey).
    We look forward to seeing you in Young town tomorrow evening. Hopefully a few of the club-folk will ride out to join you with Sambo (Sean Sampson), who is organizing a welcoming committee. I will try and get down to the pub but with twins @ home, I cannot be sure!;)
    …In years past, I have offered mechanical support (one year providing a bike to replace a broken steed). While my pub appearance my not be set in stone, I will more than happily treat any ill performing machines in the case of any mechanicals (obviously at no cost) that require attention – and are fixable with parts et al…. Please don’t hesitate to contact me on: 0474123963 (or through Sambo) if I can help in any way (other than a beer @ the Aussie).
    Hope you guys have a gr8 ride!
    cheers, Max

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      hi Bruce, I like the idea.
      In answer to the question; the organisers do not offer single-stage entries to the event.
      hope this helps?
      cheers Jon

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