Exploring the central west

… like never before!


Experience the open road in a “roadboat”

Let Captain Barnacles give you an experience of NSW Central West like never before! 
Tours depart from Canowindra, Cowra and Orange.

Explore the secrets of the Canowindra, Cowra and Orange regions.  Discover the hidden treasures of local wineries, incredible history and stories.  Be awed by the magnificent rural landscape and scenery as you Tour in thrilling style on-board Captain Barnacles Harley Davidson Road King Classic and Sidecar. 

Captain Barnacles offers a unique enjoyable Tour experience aboard his “RoadBoat”! Touring in a Sidecar is fun in itself – combine it with what Canowindra, Cowra & Orange have to offer and you’ll never forget it!  These specially designed Tours for up to 2 people will give you memories that will last a life time!

The thing I enjoyed the most was the feeling of freedom. Highly recommend.

Nola from NSW - Pokin' Around Town Canowindra Tour

The thing I enjoyed the most was Russell’s company closely followed by the great experience

Ken from Sydney - Bush Ranger Ambush Cowra - Eugowra - Canowindra Tour

“The thing I enjoyed the most was the experience & knowledge shared during the trip – OUR DRIVER!!! Thank you for doing so much for us – So grateful.” Morgan

“The Captain went above and beyond expectation to make such a magnificent day for my partner & I.  Thanks for making this a special day.” Josh

Josh & Morgan from Terrigal NSW - Wine Tasting Tour - Canowindra Tour

What a fun experience! I felt relaxed and safe in the sidecar. Seeing the countryside from a different perspective was awesome. I highly recommend it!

Helen from Tassy - Cargo Goldrush To Cargo the long way Tour

Old fashioned hospitality, personalised treatment & cool bike made this a most enjoyable day. 

Ngarie from Sydney - Wine Tasting Tour From Orange to Canowindra

If you’re ever in the Canowindra area I definitely recommend you give this a go. Not only is this an absolute adrenaline rush but you also get the greatest sense of freedom.

Lewis from Newcastle - Cargo Goldrush Canowindra to Cargo

Ok so I’m bias – Russ (aka Captain Barnacles) is my son – and yes I got a freebie.  This was a great experience.  A ride to Cargo for a cup of tea was perfect.  At 87 yrs old this is for all those young at heart.

Bill from Sydney - Cargo Goldrush Canowindra to Cargo

“The best adventure I have had in my life!” “Perfect Day, perfect driver, perfect bike!”

Nicole & Vicky from Cowra NSW - Wine Tasting Tour Cowra to Canowindra Tour via the best wineries!


Take a look at our Tour Packages. All tours are priced for up to two participants.

Pokin’ Around Town – 30 Mins

A short joy ride around Historical Canowindra including the lookout on Blue Jacket Hill. Departs from Canowindra only.

30 Minutes – 1 Scenic Photo Stop if desired.


Call the Captain for availability.
0412 573 788


Gooloogong Express 1 or 1.5 Hour

This 1 or 1.5 hour enjoyable scenic ride will give you a taste for sidecar riding. Passing through Gooloogong we will follow and cross the Lachlan River passing by the village of Billimari. Return to Canowindra via Rivers Rd. Departs from Canowindra only.

$185 – $240

Bushranger Ambush – 4 Hour

What happened at “Escort Rock” just beyond Eugowra??? Come for a scenic ride, skirting the beautiful Nangar National Park to discover the story of Escort Rock! It’s a great ride and awesome story. You will also see the amazing Eugowra Bushranger Murals. Departs from Canowindra, Orange or Cowra


Cargo Goldrush – 1.5 Hour

“There be gold in them there Hills!” or so there was. In 1868 hundreds made their way to Cargo in the hope of fortune. There may no gold now but there is an historic pub & a beaut little café – Timbertales. Also the local convenience store has the best burgers in the Central West! (. . . in my humble opinion) Departs from Canowindra or Orange.


Cowra Breakout & Japanese Gardens – 5 Hours

Visiting the Prisoner of War Camp site at Cowra leaves you with an eerie feeling. History was made here on the 5th August 1944. This adventure takes the long way to Cowra and offers a reflective experience at the Cowra Breakout site then a visit to the beautiful the Japanese Gardens (entry included). Before leaving Cowra we will drop in at the Cowra Tourism Centre to view the Hologram display telling the POW Breakout story.. Departs from Canowindra or Orange.
Departing from Canowindra?  Please make contact prior to making your booking.


Animals on Bikes – 4.5-5 Hours

What the heck??? See these amazing “Animals on Bikes” Sculptures that creative property owners have made and placed along their property boundaries and around the town of Cumnock. We travel to Molong then Cumnock and Yeoval. The road is a little rough in spots so it is taken at a slower pace but well worth the experience of seeing these wacky and fun creations – as well as the scenery on offer. Awesome fun! Departs from Canowindra, Orange or Cowra.

Visit the Animals on Bikes Website to find out more about this sculpture tourist trail.


Wine Tasting – 5.5 – 6 Hour

The Central West boasts some of the finest Wine producers in the country. It’s worth doing the rounds and sampling the fruits of their labour. This ride visits several wineries. You will a splendid lunch while tasting the regions finest – Departs from Canowindra, Orange or Cowra.


The Catchment – 5 Hour

Water is a huge concern in the bush. Want to see how much water is in our dams for yourself? Carcoar & Wyangala Dams are within easy reach and Captain Barnacles can take you there! Along the way is the Carcoar Windfarm. This is a scenic ride that will leave you with an appreciation of how vital this precious resource is to those living in the Central West.


The 7 C’s – 7.5-8 Hours

The 7C’s Tour is a full day adventure visiting Central West locations & Villages – all beginning with the letter “C”. This is an excellent way to get a taste for Sidecar touring and the Central West NSW. Along the way you’ll hear the stories and learn some history about these iconic often overlooked towns and villages. Departs from Canowindra or Orange.


The Circuit Overnighter

Do a circuit of the larger Central West towns. Along the way you’ll be filled in on the history & stories when passing other places of interest.


for 2 people.



Why not create your own 1⁄2, 1, 2 or 3 Day Road Trip! You choose where we go and what to see. There are too many options to list – Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo; Parkes Telescope; Central West Wineries; McFeeters Motor Museum, Forbes; Ben Hall’s Cave; Wellington Caves; Hot Air Balloon Ride etc etc or just ride . . . Choose your accommodation – 5 Star luxury or No Star roughin it or anything in between. Captain Barnacles will help you choose and make the bookings for you! Costs will vary depending on number of days, accommodation and sightseeing venues and other requirements.

Costs Vary

We have gift cards!

Christmas, Birthday , Fathers Day, Mothers Day or even Valentines Day or just treat a friend – a Harley Davidson & Sidecar Tour with Captain Barnacles makes the perfect gift!

Keep in touch!

Contact Russell on 0412573788 or russell@captainbarnacles.com.au