Pelotons assemble! With such dramatic scenery and consistently fabulous weather, Sydney is the ultimate city to hone your cycling form. Beachy rides to the east, climbing challenges to the north-west and the well-loved inner city routes provide a host of options to get your two-wheeled obsession going. If you’re a seasoned cyclist or recently took off those training wheels, there is a track perfect for you.
West Head Akuna Bay
The Akuna Bay West Head Loop is renowned for its technical climbs and descents. The 40-kilometre ride (depending on starting point) winds through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park all the way to the West Head Lookout, opening out to remarkable panoramic views over Palm Beach and Broken Bay. The arduous climb up is well worth the pain.
McCarrs Creek Road, Terrey Hills (popular starting location).
Sydney Olympic Park
Over 35-kilometres of cycle paths and three recommended circuits for varying levels of fitness - Olympic Park is a cyclists haven. You'll never tire of the impressive park icons, ample wildlife, lookouts, mangrove walks and shipwrecks. There are three recommended circuits, the Olympic (7.6-kilometres), the River Heritage (11-kilometres) and the Parklands (5.5-kilometres), so pack a picnic and stop for lunch on the way.
Dawn Fraser Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park
For waterfront views of Iron Cove, The Bay Run passes through nine harbourside reserves, which are ideal for picnics and family bike rides. The Bay Run stretches for 7-kilometres and doesn’t deviate more than 20 metres from the water the entire way. There are a multitude of access points, but Margaret Street, Rozelle and Waterfront Drive, Lilyfield are good options.
Iron Cove, Drummoyne
The Narrabeen Lagoon Trail provides a beautiful 8.4-kilometre circuit for cyclists, runners and walkers who are looking for an almost completely flat route. Passing through playgrounds and waterside reserves, this track is seemingly made for families. There are multiple access points around the entire trail, so pack a lunch and make a day of it.
Narrabeen Lagoon, Narrabeen
Parsley to Rose Bay
This grand old tour takes you past all the attractions of Sydney’s East, providing plenty of harbourside vistas and views of the city’s most exclusive suburbs. The 32-kilometre route begins on Oxford Street and winds down to Rushcutters Bay, Darling Point and Point Piper before continuing through Rose Bay and testing you with a slog up heartbreak hill.
Begins and ends at Oxford Street Mall, Bondi Junction
Australian Botanic Gardens
The Australian Botanic Gardens in Mount Annan boasts a 10.8-kilometre trail for mountain bike riders that is occasionally challenging. Road cyclists are also catered for with two figure-eight loops that are 11-kilometres in total. Views of the Blue Mountains and plenty of wildlife makes for a visual feast while exploring the gardens on two wheels.
Narellan Road, Mount Annan
Royal National Park
This historic carriage route from Audley in the north to Sir Bertram Stevens Drive in the south is a 10-kilometre route that crosses over 15 creeks and through quintessential bushland. Three picnic areas are dotted along the creek, and you can also take a break by checking out the dramatic sandstone caves and brooks that teem with life.
Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park
Centennial Parklands is one of Sydney’s most historic bicycle tracks. The park is home to several cycling events throughout the year as well as shared cycleways, including the Grand Drive Cycle Lane and the Learners Cycleway. Covering 360 hectares, Centennial Park is almost completely flat, and the playground and barbecue facilities make it a great family destination.
Corner of Grand Drive and Parkes Drive, Centennial Park
TIP: For those without a bike, Centennial Park Cycles at Fearnley Grounds offer a wide range of bikes for hire.
Paddington to Darling Point
This pleasant little 7-kilometre jaunt begins and ends on Oxford Street. The route’s highest point is the intersection of Paddington Street and Jersey Road, where you make a left and cruise down towards Darling Point. Follow Thornton Street around to the left to Rushcutters Bay Marina, then begin the slow climb back up to Five Ways on Glenmore Road in Paddington.
Begins and ends at Oxford Street, Paddington
Through Galston Gorge, Berowra Waters and Bobbin Head lies a challenging bike track for passionate (and well trained) cyclists. An 85-kilometre track with steep inclines and views of the Hawkesbury River and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. On weekends, there are plenty of cycling enthusiasts, some choose to tackle the challenging 85-kilometres, others opt for the shorter 30-kilometre or 55-kilometre tracks.