Cycling is a great way to experience the beautiful and different places Sydney has to offer. Not only does cycling help you to keep fit and healthy, but it is also a way to have fun and avoid expenses such as petrol and public transport.
Centennial Parklands is located less than 5km from the Sydney CBD and is a favourite amongst bicycle riders for its' cycle lane and flat circuit which is perfect for both beginners and experienced recreational cyclists alike. Centennial Parklands is very accommodating for cyclists as they are welcome in the park seven days a week from morning to night. The parklands are also easily accessible to those wishing to visit, as there are two nearby railway stations including Bondi Junction and Central station and the parklands are less than ten minutes by bike from Bondi Junction station. The cycle paths are maintained quite well, as they are part of the regional cycling network and upgraded frequently. Bike riding in Centennial Parklands is a perfect family activity, as the parklands offer children and beginners with their very own learner's cycleway, safely located away from roads and passing vehicles. If you do not own a bike and would like to give cycling a go, then there are also bike hire facilities located in the centre of the parklands which is open seven days a week.
There is a wide range of bird life in Centennial Parklands, including pelicans and waterfowl
Sydney Olympic Park contains 430 hectares of parklands as well as over 35km of cycle paths suitable for every level of bike rider. Three of the most popular circuits are the Olympic Circuit, the River Heritage Circuit and the Parklands Circuit.
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The Olympic Circuit is 5.5km long and takes approximately 50 minutes to complete. Starting at the Visitor Gateway, riders can enjoy passing many famous icons from the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, such as the Cauldron and ANZ Stadium.
The River Heritage Circuit is 12.5km long and takes approximately 70 minutes to complete. Also starting at the Visitor Gateway, the circuit is located alongside the Parramatta River and passes through the former athletes village known as Newington. The trail also passes wetlands, where cyclists can spot various breeds of frogs and birds. The Parklands Circuit is 5.5km long and takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. Starting at Bicentennial Park and winding around Lake Belvedere, the trail takes riders deep into the heart of nature, including the Bird Hide and Waterbird Refuge, showcasing many different breeds of birds.
Sydney Royal National Park has an abundance of native flora and fauna, as well as diverse landscapes and beautiful scenery. The most popular riding trail is along Lady Carrington Drive, which is ideal for families and beginners as the majority of the trail is level and flat. The trail is an 18km return journey, perfect for those wishing to enhance their fitness, however riders do have the option of turning back at any distance they wish to. Along the trail riders pass picnic areas, including Calala and Bola Creek, both great places to stop for a rest and enjoy the peaceful Australian bushland. Many bike riders have encountered native wildlife along the way, including echidnas and lyrebirds.
Manly is located less than 30 minutes drive from the Sydney CBD and is one of Sydney's most beautiful coastal towns. There are over 20km of cycling paths, allowing bicycle riders to safely enjoy the sights of Manly away from traffic. Two of the most favourite riding destinations in Manly include North Head, as well as The Ocean Beach Front, both popular for their tranquil setting and coastal views. North Head is surrounded by native bushland and riders can access Collins Beach, as well as a National Park to enjoy the scenery. The Ocean Beach Front has level and flat cycle paths to suit every bicycle rider. After riding along the beach front with its' ocean views, you reach Shelly Beach, known for its' safe and sheltered waters from the surf and therefore being popular amongst families. If you are in need of bicycle hire facilities then Manly Bike Tours and Bike Hire have a wide range of bicycles for as little as $10 an hour.
These bicycle tracks are not only a great way of getting fit whilst taking in Sydney's most scenic locations, but also an affordable way to spend the weekend, suitable for all levels of fitness.