If you're up for a challenge, the Darren Smith Cycle Route is one of the best bike tracks on the Gold Coast. Named in honour of an Olympic cyclist killed in 1992, the 'Route' runs along the coast between Point Danger, Coolangatta and Paradise Point.
The path starts at Captain Cook Memorial, Point Danger, and is 48km long. It takes several hours to cycle - for those who ride at a leisurely pace – and is easily found, just ask a local! It is a great activity for a couple or family, as the paved path is situated right next to the beach. This means if you or your family need a break from riding, there are plenty of local cafes and beaches to relax at.
Along the ride you are exposed to exquisite scenery and brilliant people, who are out to enjoy the sun and sea breeze, just as you are. During the trip, you do follow the path slightly inland however such changes from beach to bush add variety to the journey and are both interesting and beautiful.
Despite the fun to be had, it is a good idea to remember the road rules when cycling. Always wear a helmet, and keep to the left. It is also courteous to ring your bell when you want to pass someone, just so they know you are there. Do try to start your journey in the morning, as the bike tracks often get congested later in the day with pedestrians - which can be annoying and frustrating to accustomed riders.
A bike ride on the Darren Smith Cycle Route is a great activity to do on the weekend or a holiday, as it is an inexpensive, healthy and fun activity. It can give you a much needed dose of fresh air, and wipe away the cobwebs which have been accumulating over the weeks or months just gone.
If you don't have a bike of your own you can hire them usually from any Gold Coast bike store.