Stage 3

Stage 3Awaba / Watagans, Lake Macquarie



Total Climbing:


Start / Finish:

Cooranbong Park

Start time:

Wave starts from 8am

The stage Port to Port MTB is renowned for! Featuring the best the Hunter Valley and greater Newcastle region has to offer.  Designed around the stunning single-track system at Awaba, the course also takes in the Watagans and a loop that includes some serious climbing to start, then one of the best off-road descents anywhere in Oz.

The stage will again start and finish in the town of Cooranbong, located at the foot of the Watagans National Park.  The course heads straight north of town then through some back tracks around Avondale leading to Awaba MTB Park.  The wave system and new alignment breaks up the field so the ride experience through Awaba is maximised for all - truly one of the best highlights of Port to Port!

The Awaba smiles will fade for a bit as the epic climb up Mount Faulk looms. A Cat 2 rated climb sees 400m of elevation gained in 9km with an average grade of 4.5%. What goes up must come down and the payday on Stage 3 is huge as riders then enjoy over 35km of super-fast descents mixed with chunks of single track and a couple of pinch climbs on their way back down to the Finish line at Cooranbong.

Stage 3 sits around 60km in distance with 1200m gained – truly an epic stage!