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Australia's Best Cycling Trails

15 Sep 2017

It's time to have that important conversation with your desk chair or couch. On holiday, you finally have the time to break up routine and stretch those gams. What better way to do this than by bicycle? 

Taste the chocolates and wine of the Swan Valley, see the heritage-listed scoreboard at Adelaide Oval, and visit the Yarra River's oldest boathouse - all by your two-wheeler. Whether you're a mountain biker, unicyclist, or pennyfarther, discover Australia's best cycling trails on your next vacation. 

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Riesling Trail (35km)

Cycling Trails blogRiesling Trail; Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission. 

Since the late 1800s, the Clare Valley has been a flourishing wine producing region in South Australia. True to the name, some of the tastiest Riesling you'll ever have will be at the cellar doors that line this trail. The trail is leisurely, so no need to wear your best lycra. Spend a day or two cycling up and down the Riesling Trail and stopping by different vineyards along the way. For more tips, read our guide on how to make the most of your weekend in Clare. 

Bike hire: Clare park, Clare Valley Cycle Hire, or Riesling Trail Bike Hire 

Stay at: Discovery Parks - Clare

 

River Torrens Trail (46km)

Cycling Trails blogRiver Torrens Track; Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission. 

Adelaide is a lucky place. Wine regions north and south, beaches to the east, and hills to the west. After you're finishing cycling the Riesling Trail, have a glimpse of the Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide Hills, Adelaide Oval, and University of Adelaide on this ride. If you're more interested in the true Australian bush and getting your workout uphill, go east towards Athelstone. Our personal favourite? Just as you approach the western end of the trail, you're welcomed by a near-white sand beach and sparkling blue waters - the river leading out into the St. Vincent Golf. 

Bike hire: Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre and Honeybee Cycles

Stay at: Discovery Parks - Adelaide Beachfront

 

VICTORIA

Bellarine Rail Trail (32km)

Cycling Trails blogQueenscliff Fort; Credit: Visit Victoria. 

Go on an off-road, gentle ride through Victorian farmland and along sensational coastline. There's plenty of birdlife to stop and watch perched on the Eucalyptus: kookaburras, blue wrens, and wattle birds. Road bikes won't quite fit the trail, though. You will need a mountain bike to withstand the gravel - especially after significant rainfall. 32 kilometres can be long enough to cover your exercise for a year, so take the heritage steam train from Queenscliff back to Drysdale station. 

Bike hire: Geelong Bike Hire and Geelong Adventure Specialists

Stay at: Discovery Parks - Geelong

 

The Capital City Trail (29km)

Cycling Trails blogRoyal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne; Credit: Visit Victoria. 

You have to see the MCG, Botanic Gardens, Dights Falls, and the Yarra River - but how possible is it to see the best of Melbourne all in one go? This city circuit starts in Southbank, crosses over wetlands, and clutches the banks of the Yarra River. The trail is easy and well-paved, with plenty of stops to grab a coffee or an ice cream. The Studley Park Boathouse, the oldest existing boathouse along the Yarra River, has a cafe with a range of fresh bread and pastries (and uninterrupted views of the river that might make your quick stop the rest of your afternoon!). 

Bike hire: Rentabike and Bike Now

Stay at: Discovery Parks - Melbourne

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Thredbo Valley Track (16.7km)

Cycling Trails blogThredbo Valley Track; Credit: Tourism Snowy Mountains. 

As snow season ends on the October Long Weekend, mountain biking season is just getting started. While we get a bit teary when the snow melts, we can't wait to see what's hiding underneath all of that powder: flowers, ultra-green wilderness, and Blue Lake. Biking along the Thredbo Valley Track is a brilliant way to welcome the warming temps. The ride is easy, with few climbs, and follows and crosses the Thredbo River. We love the quiet of the wind in the trees and the trickling water downstream. 

Bike hire: Sacred Ride 

Stay at: Discovery Parks - Jindabyne

 

Bouddi Ridge Explorer (10km)

Cycling Trails blogBouddi National Park; Credit: Nick Rains, Destination NSW. 

Marie Byles was a conservationist, a Buddhist, a sollicitor, and all-around trailblazer. She grew up around this part of New South Wales in the early 1900s, exploring the woods and the coast. Committed to protecting this space, she campaigned to get it protected and to become what is now Bouddi National Park. And you will absolutely understand her devotion to the natural environment: your surroundings are stunning. The Bouddi Ridge Explorer combines several trails in the park, with an unforgettable view of Maitland Bay.

Bike hire: Boat, Bike and Paddle Hire - Central Coast

Stay at: Canton Beach Holiday Park, Toowoon Bay Holiday Park, Budgewoi Holiday Park and Norah Head Holiday Park

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Gribble Creek Walk and Cycle Way (12km)

 Cycling Trails blogKalgoorlie Town Hall; Credit: Tourism Western Australia. 

Have you heard of the Super Pit but not much else? Kalgoorlie is a gold mine of history, too. Bring your wheels or hire out from Avanti Plus for a few hours of town sight-seeing. Pay your respects to the WWII servicemen who risked their lives on the Kokoda Track at the Gribble Creek memorial, look up at the native trees in the Arboretum, and visit the impressive Edwardian-style Town Hall. Remember to pack your bags with water and nibbles; you'll want to refuel before getting (happily) lost in the Eucalypt woodlands and lavender in Karlkurla Bushland Park. 

Bike hire: Avanti Plus

Stay at: Discovery Parks - Kalgoorlie and Discovery Parks - Boulder

 

Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail (4km, 30km or 32km)

Cycling Trails blogMargaret River Chocolate Factory; Credit: Tourism Western Australia. 

Once we heard that the Margaret River Chocolate Company was conveniently positioned on this tail, we were ready faster than you can say "truffle". With sections of the Swan Valley Food & Wine Trail dotting the journey, rest-assured your belly and taste-buds will be dancing. Stop for fresh produce, stalls, galleries, and wineries to get the complete Swan Valley experience. Along the way, read the plaques that outline the deep history and the people who helped it become the renown wine region we know today. 

Bike hire: Swan Valley Visitor Information Centre 

Stay at: Discovery Parks - Perth Vineyards

 

QUEENSLAND

Round Gladstone Trail (20km+)

Cycling Trails blogTondoon Botanic Gardens; Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland. 

Jog, bike, walk, or horseride around gladstone. Go for the road less taken and see the Gladstone Coast through a different lens: on the seat of your bike through true Queensland bush. Connecting a series of different trails, take each opportunity as it comes. These routes include a stop at the Gecko Valley Winery, a self-guided tour of the natural rainforest in the Tondoon Botanic Gardens, and views of Port Curtis from the top of Police Creek. Wine and lush gardens - this trail never gets old. 

Bike hire: Bring your own.

Stay at: Discovery Parks - Tannum Sands

 

Mary to the Bay Rail Trail (13.5km)

Cycling Trails blogUrangan Botanic Gardens; Credit: Sabrina Lauriston, Tourism and Events Queensland.

When the light hits the water just right and you have a cold one in your hand, the Urangan Pier is a sight to behold. What appears to be a neverending jetty out into the water, it stretches for nearly a kilometre into the Pacific Ocean. The vista - with dolphins and schools of fish down below - is a welcome reward at the end of this peaceful ride. Start off in Hervey Bay, past the historical village & museum, through the botanic gardens, and finally up to the pier for a rest. There are a few shops along the esplanade to enjoy fish & chips, so grab a plate and watch the sun go down over the horizon. 

Bike hire: Hervey Bay Bike Hire and Hervey Bay Rent A Car

Stay at: Discovery Parks - Hervey Bay

 

TASMANIA

The Great Foreshore Ride (12km)

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See the candy cane stripes of Mersey Bluff, the Devonport city centre and the Mersey River in one spectacular ride. A wide path suitable for walkers and cyclists alike, the Great Foreshore Ride is a chance to explore the gateway to Tasmania. The playground on the Mersey Bluff foreshore is a loved spot by families. An all-inclusive play space with views of the water, let the little ones release some energy while you enjoy the serenity of the beach next door. 

Bike hire: Devonport Bike Hire

Stay at: Discovery Parks - Devonport

 

Pipeline Track (24km)

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For those looking for a cruise with friends or family, Pipeline Track is easily one of the best and most scenic rides around Hobart. Shortly into the ride the Derwent River will appear before you, looking over Mount Nelson. But don't stop for too long; dense, sheltered forest and the famous Cathedral Rock are nestled along the trail. Above all, we recommend following the path to Wellington Falls. From Fern Tree it's about 13km out, but the views along the track and the sheer height of the waterfalls will make it all worth your while. (P.S. It goes without saying to get to the top of Mt Wellington. You may even find some snow...).

Bike hire: Cyclingo

Stay at: Discovery Parks - Hobart

 

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