Tackle the months you've just spent hibernating with some good, old-fashioned fun in the great outdoors.
Whether you’re a coastal cruiser, a seasoned city slicker, a lycra fanatic or a hipster with a fixie, we have a bike trail for you. So, hop on your favourite two wheels and start pedalling through some of the Gold Coast's best bike rides.
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 re-fuel before you head back.
Main Beach to The Spit
Northern Gold Coasters have the perfect 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
Grab your friends and get pedalling through 20km of the Gold Coast’s best bike rides. 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, okay?
Springbrook offers many different tracks, sceneries and lengths—simply pick your preferred ride. We recommend making a day of it and doing the full coastal ride, starting at the beach, then 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—you get to explore the stunning rainforest before making your way back down.
For The Active Go-Getters
O’Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
If you’re after an active challenge, we 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. You can either start at the Canungra township or cut down on kms by beginning at Lamington National Park. Either way, you’ll have an amazing ride.
A lot like Springbrook, Mount Tambourine offers many of the Gold Coast's best bike 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 and then once you get to the top, rewarding yourself with a browse through the antique stores, some sweets and a cuppa, because it’s all downhill from there.
For The More Experienced
The Hinze Dam
If a 60km bike ride on the Gold Coast sounds like your ideal day out, then chuck on that lycra, clip in the cleats, gather the crew and get going. 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: Carl Nenzen