Best Bike Rides in Sydney
Sydney is a sprawling city - the largest in Australia with arguably one of the most beautiful natural and cosmopolitan settings in the entire country. There are plenty of opportunities for adventure here, from water sports in the harbour to hiking paths through the bush. It's also an ideal place for cyclists, offering a pleasantly warm climate, several active cycling clubs and lots of exciting trails for you to ride along and explore the breathtaking scenery. Whether you're a recreational or professional biker, try some of these Sydney bike rides:
For an easy ride, head to Centennial Park, which is open from sunrise to sunset all year-round and offers bike rentals. This site attracts more than 700,000 cyclists every year with its 360 hectares of beautiful parkland filled with a variety of paths for people of all skill levels, from seasoned bikers to beginners. You'll also find people hiking, jogging and horse riding here, but there are paths intended specifically for bikes. The Grand Drive is the highlight of the park, taking you in a 3,500-metre circle around the site. Make your way around and stop by the recreational, picnic, barbecue and entertainment areas throughout the landscape for a breather. If you have the kids with you, stick to the learners' cycleway. You can even rent a four-wheeled bicycle for the whole family.
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Sydney Olympic Park
Situated in Homebush about a half-hour by car from the heart of Sydney, this park is a delightful landscape featuring more than 34 kilometres of pathways ideal for cyclists of all levels. It's entirely free to the public, though you'll have to pay for a bike hire if you don't have your own. These tracks vary in length - you can choose to ride from 5.5 kilometres up to 12 kilometres in one expedition. Either way, the route will give you a look at the lush greenery of the site as well as water fountains to keep you hydrated as you exercise. Be sure to check out the Olympic Circuit ride, which takes you past iconic landmarks of the 2000 Sydney games. There's also a path especially for the little ones in the site's Bicentennial Park, and, after you're all worn out, you can take a break one of the picnic areas or playgrounds.
Sydney Harbour Bridge to ANZAC Bridge
For a more urban experience, hop on your bicycle at the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and take the streets to ANZAC Bridge. The course is 2,600 metres long and is moderately difficult; however, the protected bike lanes make for a safe ride separated from the traffic. You'll start at the foot of the bridge on the north shore and ride over the harbour, connecting to the adjoining Kent Street and cycleway and Western Distributor overpass to cross the Pyrmont Bridge. After that, you'll make your way by the town centre of Pyrmont, Union Square, until you reach the magnificent ANZAC Bridge. Keep in mind that, at rush hour, the bike lanes can become overcrowded, so you may want to take your trip during mid-afternoon or evening.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Those looking for a more intense experience can ride the trails of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park about 25 kilometres north of Sydney. The difficult bike tour spans 15 kilometres and includes plenty of steep hills for a demanding workout. It's ideal for cyclists in training or those with plenty of endurance and experience, but the scenery is well worth the ride. Make your way up to West Head for a stunning view of Palm Beach and Lion Island down below. While you're here, be sure to stop by the West Head lookout to see the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Hawkesbury River mouth and Central Coast.
This path runs around the Narrabeen Lagoon for nearly 10 kilometres of tranquil water views. The site is a gathering place for locals, attracting more than 1,000 visitors on any given day, and offers plenty of opportunities for recreational fun as well as relaxation among the regional fauna and flora. As you make your way around to explore the delightful displays of nature, take a few breaks at the boardwalks and lookouts to see the beautiful landscape from all different vantage points.
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About 12 kilometres south of the heart of Sydney is the pleasant suburb of Earlwood, where you’ll find the Canterbury Velodrome. It was built to cater to the multitude of Australian cyclists who reside in and visit the New South Wales capital, and the course can prove to be a difficult ride. The concrete track spans 330 metres around, and there are bench seats so spectators can watch as cyclists take on the course.
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