If you like off-road touring in New south Wales, I think a bit of useful reading is;The Bicycle and the Bush
, by Jim Fitzpatrick, Hesperian Press, to remind us that what we are doing nowadays, was done far more intrepidly back in the 1890s.Wild Places
by Peter Prineus and Henry Gold, Kalianna Press. Thoughtfully compiled. The original 1984 edition has large maps, the later edition is a good read with updated wilderness regions but the maps are smaller. Ebay
for the original edition. New South Wales Rainforests: The Nomination for the World Heritage List
, NSW NP&WS, to help understand what is special about NSW and not often considered. From Parks and Wildlife web bookshop.
The Bicentennial National Trail Guide Books
covering the trail from Killarney on the Qld Border to Tom Groggin on the Victorian Border. BNT Association web shop.
A new booklet that I have recently obtained is, Bird Trails of the Riverina and the South West Slopes of New south Wales.
Available by request from the Visitor Information Centres in the region. Well worth a look. Not just about birds. Full of GPS coordinates.The Long Paddock: A Directory of the Travelling Stock Routes and Reserves of New South Wales.
Available from NSW Primary Industries bookshop. Over 3000 of the best free camping sites in rural NSW and along the Great Divide are listed.
... and before you buy the topos of NSW, do research with SIX Map, lots of good tools. SIX Map is still in the Beta stage, but hopefully it will be fully up to speed by the end of November ... http://maps.six.nsw.gov.au/
The best prep is knowing where to go, firstly.
"But on steep descending...Larson TT have bad effect on the mind of a rider" - MadRider from Suji, Korea 2001.
"Paved roads ... another fine example of wasteful government spending." - a bumper sticker.