6 scenic cycling trails you must complete
For much of Australia, spring is a great time to strap on the helmet and push the pedals along a magnificent cycling trail.
The relatively favourable weather conditions allow two-wheel exploration of our scenic country to be reliably achieved without you sweating up a storm or, conversely, finding your fingers frozen to the handlebars.
Cycling is a fantastic activity to enjoy when on holidays and you don’t have to be a Tour de France wannabe to participate. Relatively flat cycling paths abound, enabling the whole family to come along for the ride, and bike hire is available in many locations.
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.
1. Capital City Trail, Melbourne, Victoria – 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. There’s abundant BIG4 accommodation when staying in Melbourne.
2. Port Fairy-Warrnambool Rail Trail, Great Ocean Road, Victoria – 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.
3. Coast to Vines Rail Trail, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia – 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.
This largely flat path suits all ages and is within easy reach of BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park.
4. Ride the Sunset Coast pathway, Perth, Western Australia – 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.
5. Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path, Alice Springs, Northern Territory – 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. When tackling this track, make your base BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park.
6. Atherton Tablelands Rail Trail, Atherton, Queensland – 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.
And if you’re looking for a bigger challenge then tackle the…
Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, Wangaratta to Bright, Victoria – 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. At one end BIG4 Wangaratta North Cedars Holiday Park provides the perfect place to rest up while at the other end choose between BIG4 Bright Holiday Park and BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park.
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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