Olympic Park's bike trails offer an active way to spend time with family and friends. The various courses wind through sunlit parks and glistening lakes, and mention their difficulty level to help you choose the right one. The easiest cover flat ground with only the slightest inclines and declines, and the hardest take you up some very steep hills.
Either way, the scenery does not disappoint, with Sydney Olympic Park's fountains, statues and water features providing frequent photo opportunities. The almost secluded location provides a much-needed escape from the bustling city; in every biker's dream, you share the road and outnumber the cars. The well-kept roads and clearly marked trails make it easy to enjoy a safe and leisurely afternoon.
You have the option of bringing your own bike, or hiring from the facility available at Waterview. The park is accessible by car (with plenty of parking available) or train (Concord West train station). Bike hire is $15 per adult for an hour, $20 for two, and $40 for all-day hire. Prices vary for children, tandem bikes and bikes with child carriers.
Grab a cohesive map from the bike hire location or off the internet and mark out your bike-riding route. It can be as long or short, easy or difficult as you choose – and taking a few unexpected detours to the park's many pathways and boulevards almost makes the day feel like a choose-your-own-adventure storybook.
The park doesn't offer much in the way of food – other than the mandatory McDonald's and Subway, your only options are a few overpriced cafes. Annoyingly, these are spread across the large venue and difficult to get to unless you have your own car. Even then, the maze that is Olympic Park's countless nooks, crannies and one-way streets has befuddled me more than once.
So take a map, some sunscreen, a picnic lunch and a soccer ball, and enjoy an afternoon of bike riding and soaking up the sun at Olympic Park.