With a city full of motor-lovers, cyclists seem to cop it a fair bit. But maybe they are on to something. Turns out that Sydney has some pretty spectacular cycling routes for us to conquer and the secret’s out—some of the best ways to enjoy the sights of Sydney is on two wheels, not four!
Whether you’re still on your training wheels (bless) or are a cycling enthusiast, we reckon you’ll be screaming ain’t no mountain high enough as you tick off these cycling adventures just waiting to happen.
Check out our list of the best six scenic cycling routes in Sydney.
#1 The Urban Trail
This may be a different version of scenic than you’re used to, the newly developed The Goods Line is your yellow brick road to some of the most innovative architecture in Sydney. Grab yourself a Swipe & Ride share bike from Interbike Ibis Darling Harbour and head straight to Ultimo for a leisurely ride through our fair city. Tip: if you get lost, just head towards that giant paper bag in the sky—you know the building I’m talking about.
#2 Wild Thing
If you fancy yourself a thrill-seeker then you’re gonna want to tackle the Wylde MTB Trail at Western Sydney Parklands. Designed for experienced riders, the off-road route is jam-packed with plenty of ramps, jumps and stomach-lifting drops to get your adrenaline pumping. Guaranteed to come away with a grass stain or two, there’s plenty of wash down facilities on-site for you to scrub up with.
#3 Spitfire Spin
While this one’s a bit of a long trail at 19km, that thigh burn is well worth it considering the breathtaking waterfront views you’ll be treated to on The Spit to Manly Beach bike path. Beginning in Seaforth with a bit of a steep climb, you’ll ride past Balgowlah straight to Queenscliff beach where you can finish off your ride with a beachside dip—because you’re worth it.
#4 Park Pedal
Catering to cyclists of all levels, Centennial Parklands has a range of cycle pathways for you to explore. Whether you’re looking to take the scenic route on your way to work or would like to get the heart pumping before relaxing with a picnic in the park, it’s perfect for any occasion.
#5 Loop Leisure
If you like your ride smooth, the Glebe Discovery Ride offers a bump-free track that wraps around the foreshore before heading into the CBD. Taking you through Pyrmont, the ANZAC Bridge, and the Darling Quarter, it’s not only a great way to take in harbour views but is also a practical way to head into the city. Totalling up to around 10km, it should take you around an hour.
#6 Historical Hideaway
Just a short drive from Sydney is a trail that’s just begging to be explored. Located in the Audley side of the Royal National Park, the Lady Carrington Drive track is the perfect nature-escape from busy city life. With creeks, patches of rainforest and a sandstone cave peppered along the historic carriage route, it’s a 10km you’ll be glad you took.
Keen to keep the adventure going? Check out our list adventure spots near Sydney here.
Image credit: Destination NSW on The MS Sydney to The Gong Ride (this event is one of Australia’s most celebrated mass participation bike events attracting around 10,000 riders each year and raises money for MS Australia).
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