6 scenic cycling trails you must complete

Take to a cycling path to witness Australia’s immense beauty.

Strap on the helmet and push the pedals along a magnificent cycling trail.

Whether checking out the sights of a major city or exploring a regional centre, there is a plethora of superb Australian cycling paths to plant the wheels along.

We’ve put together a list of our favourite ‘leisurely’ cycling trails – those that can be tackled within a day – which are easily accessible when staying at a nearby BIG4 park.

This list of 'leisurely' paths caters to a wide range of cyclists.

1.  Capital City Trail, Melbourne, VIC – 29km (loop)

When it comes to the best cycling paths in Australia, Melbourne’s Capital City Trail quickly comes to mind. Easily accessible and flat, this trail offers ample variety. Weave along the banks of the Yarra River, stop for a picnic in a park, unearth the Docklands precinct, and much more. The trail showcases some of the city’s most iconic attractions, including the MCG, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, and Melbourne Zoo.

As it’s a looping trail you can hop on and hop off at your leisure, but Southbank is regarded as the official start-end point of the path.

Book now: BIG4 Dandenong Tourist Park or BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park.

Cycle along the Capital City Trail to experience the best of Melbourne. 

Credit: Tourism Victoria.

2. Port Fairy-Warrnambool Rail Trail, Great Ocean Road, VIC – 37km (one way)

The Great Ocean Road region is loaded with scenic cycling paths and this track is among the highlights. Connecting the alluring town of Port Fairy with the vibrant regional city of Warrnambool, this engaging trail is a moderate path with minimal incline. Pass lush countryside, wetlands, and the wondrous Tower Hill Reserve, stop by the heritage-rich township of Koroit, and enjoy a host of memorable coastal views along a very scenic cycling path.

Book now: BIG4 Hopkins River Holiday Park, BIG4 Warrnambool Figtree Holiday Park, or BIG4 Port Fairy Holiday Park.

The start or end point: pretty Port Fairy.

3. Coast to Vines Rail Trail, Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – 37km (one way)

This leading Australian cycling path extends from the cute Fleurieu Peninsula township of Willunga to the southern Adelaide suburb of Marino. It mostly follows an old rail line, and there’s plenty to see along the way, from historical sites to glittering coastline. However, one of the most tempting stops is likely to be the famous vineyards of the McLaren Vale wine region.

Book now: BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park.

Glorious scenery of the Fleurieu Peninsula, including McLaren Vale, is on show along the Coast to Vines Rail Trail.

4. Ride the Sunset Coast pathway, Perth, WA – 14km (one way)

Providing a wealth of scenery, this cycling trail is a must for visitors heading to the Western Australian capital. The easy path links the western Perth suburb of Marmion with Burns Beach and lives up to its name by gifting sparkling coastal views. A series of interpretive signs details information about natural and historical attractions in the area, and alluring beaches and lookout points make for welcoming rest stops.

Take in beautiful river views when riding in Perth.

5. Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path, Alice Springs, NT – 17km (one way)

Immerse yourself in the majestic scenery of Central Australia along an inspiring, sealed trail that is a comfortable pedal for most riders. Witness memorable views of the MacDonnell Ranges and other natural surrounds and keep a look out for abundant wildlife and bird life. The path begins at Flynn’s Grave and leads to the entrance point of one of the region’s most popular natural attractions, Simpsons Gap.

Take a breather at the various information signs along the journey, which detail the area’s prominent features.

Book now: BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park.

The sights in and around Alice Springs are breathtaking.

6. Atherton Tablelands Rail Trail, Atherton, QLD – 7km (one way)

When it comes to finding the best cycling trails in Australia, the Atherton Tablelands region is worth paying serious attention. One of many exceptional paths in this area is the Atherton Tablelands Rail Trail. While only short in comparison to others on this list, it has an array of attractions throughout the journey that ensures ample time should be dedicated to the track. Various historical sites, including Atherton Chinatown and Hou Wang Temple, combine with the area’s renowned natural scenery.

This region is also highly regarded for its off-road trails: Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park teems with first-rate tracks. Conveniently, BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park caters to two-wheel enthusiasts with a dedicated mountain bike wash down and service bay.

Book now: BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park

Man in helmet poses with bicycle

BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park has great facilities for cyclists.

And if you’re looking for a bigger challenge…

Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, Wangaratta to Bright, VIC – 100km (one way)

The scenery doesn’t come much more spectacular than along one of Australia’s leading rail trails. Throughout this sealed path witness incredible mountain ranges, rolling hills, deep valleys, and a host of towns and villages that ooze charm. A feast of delicious produce, wineries, and breweries will provide tempting diversions. The route can be tackled in various sections.

Book now: BIG4 Wangaratta North Cedars Holiday Park, BIG4 Bright Holiday Park, or BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park.

VIC's High Country is bursting with spectacular landscapes year round.

Experience the Goldfields Track, Ballarat to Bendigo, VIC – 210km (one way)

Strike gold along this sparkling Central Victoria trail, which gifts a wealth of diverse landscapes and historical attractions. Linking the Goldfields region’s two biggest cities – Ballarat and Bendigo – the track passes through several inviting towns, such as Castlemaine, Daylesford, and Creswick.

Book now: BIG4 parks in the Goldfields region.

The Goldfields region combines breathtaking beauty with a fascinating past.

Do you have a favourite cycling trail that you’d like to share with our readers? We’d love to know your thoughts about the best cycling paths in Australia. Please leave a comment below.

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5 comments on “6 scenic cycling trails you must complete”

  1. Maureen Marshall

    22 March 2017 at 9:23 pm

    The rail trail from Wodonga to Tallangatta travels along the southern shore of Lake Hume is a very easy 50km return and it crosses over the Sandy Creek bridge

  2. Danielle

    23 March 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Other great rides to consider while visiting Ballarat include:
    1. Lake Wendouree (6km) combined with Victoria Park (5km) by crossing over Sturt St: https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.5568742,143.8221396,14z
    2. Yarrowee river trail: http://www.visitvictoria.com/regions/Goldfields/Things-to-do/Outdoor-activities/Cycling/VV-Yarrowee-River-Trail.aspx

    Rail Trail from Ballarat to Skipton (55km one way)
    (give extra time to download information)
    More information about this trail is available here: http://ballaratskiptonrailtrail.com/page/googlemaps

  3. greg farmer

    27 May 2017 at 11:51 am

    Thanks for the awesome posts, you really opened my eyes to more trails to discover. I am planning to attend the Capital City Trail in Melbourne, wish me luck!

  4. Jesica Miller

    5 December 2017 at 9:31 pm

    All those 6 place are really awesome. I defiantly go to Port Fairy-Warrnambool Rail Trail, Great Ocean Road, VIC. Because I love the weather and the natural view.

  5. Ryan

    9 March 2018 at 7:45 pm

    The Capital City Trail sounds like a good one to start off with. Thanks for the list!

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