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On Yer Bike | These Are The Most Beautiful Cycling Trails On The Coast

By Olivia Hillier - 10 Sep 2018

best cycling trails gold coast

Spring has sprung on the Coast and isn't she gorgeous? If you found yourself hibernating over the colder months, we know exactly what you need to enjoy the beauty of a Gold Coast spring…it’s time to jump back on your bike gang.

Whether lycra is your fave outfit, you’re after a leisurely cruise with the fam or the last memory you have of yourself on a bike was with training wheels, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got all the most scenic, fun bike rides of the Coast.

For The Fam

Burleigh Heads Walking Track

If you're out for some leisurely exercise or you've got some little tuckers with their training wheels, take your bikes for a spin starting at Burleigh hill. Enjoy the flat ride and let the coastal breeze flow through your hair for a cruisey family morning ride. If you want an extra challenge, stay on the track all the way through to Miami and treat yourself with a delicious healthy brunch at BSKT for a refuel before you head back. Next time, switch up your route, start at Miami and refuel with waffles at Oh My Waffle—you’ve totally earned it!

Main Beach to The Spit

Northern Gold Coasters have the perf riding track for the fam if your little ones are a bit older and ready for slight challenge or you want to head out by yourself for a leisurely hour and a half round. This one has a mix of bike path and bush track starting at the Southport Surf Life Saving Club and following the track through to The Spit wall and back.

For Your Crew

Currumbin Valley

Grab for friends and get peddling through 20km of the Gold Coast’s best. Start along the Currumbin Track and cruise your way along the beach before heading into the beauty of the Gold Coast Hinterland, this ride really does offer the best of both worlds. Make a day of it and end it with a brewsky or two at the Balter Brewing Company. Just don't drink and ride home kids.

Springbrook

Springbrook offers many different tracks, sceneries and lengths—simply pick your preferred ride. We recommend making the day of it and doing the full coastal ride, starting at the beach, cruising through Robina and Mudgeeraba so you are warmed up and ready for the steep but oh-so-beautiful climb through to Springbrook. Then the best bit? Explore the stunning rainforest before you make your way back down.

For The Active Go-Getters

O’Reilly's Rainforest Retreat 

If you’re after an active challenge oh boy we sure do have the one for you! If a 70km ride with a 2.5hour incline does not convince your friends to join you along for the ride let them know that there’s a whole lot of vineyards to stop at along the way. In fact, we recommend you end at the O’reilley’s Rainforest Retreat Rooftop Bar—just drink responsibly, of course, you're riding! You can either start at the Canungra township or to cut down on km’s begin at Lamington National Park. Either way, you’ll have an amazing ride.

Mount Tambourine

A lot like Springbrook, Mount Tambourine offers many different cycling tracks for all fitness levels. One that we recommend attacking with your active friends is the 43-kilometre round loop of the mountain. Get ready for a serious leg burn in the climb, starting at the Canungra township stop for a tasting among the mountain’s vineyards, and once you get to the top browse through the antique stores, treat yourself to some sweets and a cuppa, ‘cause it’s all downhill from there.

For The More Experienced

The Hinze Dam

If a 60km round trip sounds like your ideal day out then chuck on that lycra, clip in the cleats, gather the crew and get going on. Starting at Little Nerang Dam, this ride is seriously breathtaking, think waterfalls, wildlife and the township of Murwillumbah—which is a great place to stop for a coffee before heading back over the gorgeous Hinze dam and riding all the way back home. FYI this is one super challenging ride and not for beginners…you’ve been warned.

Still looking for more fun in nature? Why not check out these amazing waterfalls that you can actually swim under? Or try these awesome hikes on the Coast

Image Credit: Brooke Darling

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