Health & Beauty

Sydney’s Best Bike Rides

By Christa Cahill
2nd Nov 2016

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ICYMI Sydney has some serious cycling game. From luscious green parks with winding paths, to lazy lagoons, some parts of Sydney are nothing short of a cyclist’s dreams. This summer, there is no better way to explore the heart of Sydney than from a two-wheeled perspective. Whether you are calm coastal cruiser, a lyrca lunatic in training, or (similar to) a toddler on training wheels. 

Get your bike in gear, because here are 10 of Sydney’s best bike rides. 

Harbour Bridge To Anzac Bridge 

Whether you’re a newbie to Sydney, or a hardcore Sydneysider who just wants to explore the famous landmarks, this 2.6km route from the Harbour Bridge to Anzac Bridge is the perfect way to embrace the beautiful cityscape. No fear, you don’t have to worry about the bustle of the traffic, as this relatively easy route has a dedicated path just for cyclists. Starting from the foot of the Harbour Bridge on the north shore, you’ll glide over the bridge, taking in the spectacular views, across to the Kent Street cycleway. Cross Pyrmont Bridge before you head westward towards Anzac Bridge to complete your ride. 

Centennial Park 

Welcome to the cyclist hub. With more than 700,000 cyclists roaming Centennial Park each year, you may as well have a quick spin around the parklands to see why it’s so god damn popular. Spanning 360 hectares in the heart of the city centre, this cycle route enables you to escape the city’s treacherous traffic and dodge the dreaded road rage. The 3.8km ‘Grand Drive’ surrounding the park is perfect for all you learner cyclists, as it is flat, car-free and pretty AF. Tired of peddling and fancy a lunch break? Why not take advantage of the entertainment precincts or the BBQ areas on offer. No bike? No problem! An excellent hire facility is available in the middle of the parkland, where you can even try out the Fred Flinstone-style pedal car, which can carry 2-4 people (we mean, what a perfect activity for a date or a double date). Centennial Park is open to cyclists from sunrise to sunset 365 days of the year, which is ideal for, well, everyone.  

Narrabeen Lagoon

Escape the big smoke and take your bike on an adventure to the serene Narrabeen Lagoon, which is one of the northern beaches greatest natural assets. This turquoise bundle of tranquillity is an absolute haven for wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled for the fishing bats, elegant black swans, peeping owls and the slithering pythons (so keep those dogs on a leash). This 8.4km award-winning multi-use trail takes you along the contours of the lagoon’s beautiful shoreline, and around the wildlife protection areas, which makes this bike ride a unique experience, like no other in Sydney. 

Ettalong To Umina

Gather up your friends (and their bikes) for a fun-filled adventure this summer! Simply hop on an Ettalong-bound ferry located at Palm Beach to commence this absolute beauty of a cycle trail. This ride is an easy 7.5km route, taking you along the edge of Ettalong shore and finishing up at Umina Beach. Boasting some magnificent views, make sure you let your hair down, soak up that vitamin D, take in that calm ocean breeze and perhaps make a cooling pit stop for a frozen treat, remember you burnt calories getting here.

Sydney Olympic Park 

Be sure to pack your picnic blanket and wicker basket filled with food, as Sydney Olympic Park offers the perfect bicycle routes that you’ll want to spend the whole day exploring. Whether you are a road cyclist, a novice to the cycle world, or a daring BMX rider, Olympic Park has a variety of routes that vary in difficulty for everyone to enjoy. From a choice of 3 main circuits, you can meander around the natural woodlands and embrace the wildlife on the 11km River Heritage Circuit, peddle along the 7.6km Olympic Circuit, or keep it short and sweet with 5.5 kilometres through the Parklands Circuit, which brims along lovely Lake Belvedere. 

Cooks River

This true golden oldie located in the inner South West of Sydney is one of the most popular shared paths. Take in the fantastic 23km of open spaces and parks, as you cycle from Settlers Park, traversing through Gough Whitlam Park in Earlwood, and finishing up in Botany Bay. It’s the perfect chance to explore another side of Sydney. 

Three Gorges

Training for the Tour de France? Have your fluorescent lyrca and flashy helmet at the ready, and put your booty into gear! If you are craving an adventure and feel up to the challenge, why not try out this tough 60 km cycle through Galston Gorge, Berowra Waters and Bobbin Head? Far from a calm peddle down the boulevard, this strenuous (but very rewarding) trek will get your pulse racing and that sweat dripping, as you endure hell more than 1km of vertical climbing and survive horrifying hairpin turns (warning: this route is not for the faint hearted). Once you reach the top, prepare yourself for the breathtaking panoramic views of the Hawkesbury River and Ku-Ring-Gai’s rolling hills. Go on, do you have what it takes? 

Parramatta Heritage Trail 

If you are feeling particularly cultural but also wanna have a good work out (we get that feeling all the time), then we highly recommend you take a cruise along the Parramatta Heritage Trail to help nourish your intellectual craving. This scenic route begins at the Parramatta Station, and lets you weave your way past some of Australia’s oldest and most beautiful landmark buildings, such as the Old Government House and Elizabeth Farm. As an added bonus, you’ll also get to explore the depths of Parramatta Park itself, and peruse along the edge of the soothing Parramatta River.  

The Bay Run

Calling all fitness fanatics! The Bay Run cycle route is the perfect way to incorporate a gym routine within your bicycle ride, as there are state-of-the-art fitness stations dotted along the way. Taking you from Birkenhead point to Rozelle, this 7km path passes through 9 parklands, open green spaces and brims the waterfront, which are the perfect spots to catch a breath or two. Following through the serene shores of Iron Cove, you will not be short of spectacular views while you get your workout on. This ride is a lovely loop, so you will return right back to where you started! What a perfectly cyclical routine (if you pardon the pun). 

Lady Carrington Drive

Take the chance to recharge your batteries and replenish your mind and soul, by making an escape from the hectic city and heading to Lady Carrington Drive, located in the Royal National Park. This scenic 10km route begins at Audley in the north and ends at Sir Bertram Stevens Drive in the south. Cycle by 15 creeks, pass through beautiful blue gums and exotic patches of rainforests. There’s also 3 peaceful picnic areas, so bring snacks. 

Now that you know where to cycle check out Sydney's Best Running Routes.

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