Best Cycling Trips in Australia
Australia is a beautiful country with a diverse landscape and breathtaking scenery, making it an ideal destination for cycling enthusiasts. From coastal roads to rugged mountain ranges, there is something for everyone when it comes to cycling trips in Australia. Here are some of the best cycling trips in Australia for those looking for an adventure on two wheels.
Sydney to Wollongong
This 60-kilometre ride takes cyclists from Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach to Wollongong, a seaside city south of Sydney. The route takes cyclists along the scenic coastal roads, passing by several stunning beaches and parks, making it one of the most popular cycling trips in Australia. This trip is perfect for those who are looking for a leisurely ride with breathtaking views. The bike paths continue onto Kiama for those seeking a little bit extra.
Why not check out our 3 night South Coaster package and ride the amazing bike paths in this region.
The Great Ocean Road
One of the most iconic cycling trips in Australia, the Great Ocean Road is a 243-kilometre ride along the southern coast of Victoria. This trip takes cyclists through picturesque seaside towns and along cliffs that offer breathtaking views of the ocean. Highlights of this trip include the famous Twelve Apostles, the Shipwreck Coast, and the charming town of Lorne. This cycling trip is more on the challenging side and for experienced road cyclists due to rolling hills, busy traffic and occasional strong winds.
The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail
The M2M Rail Trail is a 116 kilometre cycle route that starts at the Murray River in Wahgunyah and finishes at the foot of the Victorian Alps in Bright. The route mainly follows the old railway easements and so enjoys gentle gradients. A sealed surface nearly it’s entire length and with new extensions from Beechworth to Yackandandah and from Bright to Harrietville, the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is regarded as Australia’s best cycling experiences. Find out more on this Ultimate Guide to the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail.
The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
This 160-kilometre cycle trail takes cyclists through the picturesque rural landscape of the Brisbane Valley. The trail follows the path of a disused railway line and passes through charming towns, rolling hills, and forests. The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is perfect for cyclists looking for a peaceful ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Riding on hard packed gravel most of the way means a mountain bike or gravel adaptable tyres work best.
Tour de Vines has cycling tours along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail including guided trips and self guided options.
The Goldfields Track
The Goldfields Track is a challenging and rewarding cycle route that takes cyclists through the historic goldfields of Victoria. The trip starts in Ballarat and ends in Bendigo and passes through charming towns, rolling hills, and forests. The Goldfields Track is ideal for cyclists who are looking for a challenging experience and a chance to explore the rich history of Australia's gold rush era.
East Coast of Tasmania
Similar to the Great Ocean Road trip above, this stretch of road from Launceston in the north to Hobart in the south east, is fast becoming increasingly popular for multi day cycling trips in Australia. Cruising past stunning beaches, Freycinet National Park with famous Wineglass Bay, world class wineries and iconic wildlife, this cycling trip has a lot to offer.
We believe this ride is best enjoyed on a fully supported basis, with support and a little bit of lux along the way (think Freycinet Lodge!). Find out more about our cycling trip in Tasmania.
Best Cycling Trips in Australia Wrap
In conclusion, Australia is a fantastic destination for cyclists of all levels, with a range of scenic and challenging routes to choose from. Whether you're looking for a leisurely ride along the coast or a challenging journey through the mountains, there is something for everyone in Australia. So, pack your bags, grab your bike, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.