Australia is famous for diverse and stunning landscapes that offer many great rides for the avid cyclist. But with so many options available it can be hard to know where to start. To help you out, we’ve narrowed it down to just ten of our favourites.
So, get into gear and test out Australia’s best bike rides!
1. Melbourne – The Boulevard Burn
The Yarra Boulevard ride in Melbourne is a favourite because you can choose the difficulty of your workout. The ride has moderate climbs and you can adjust your speed to really work your legs. Alternatively, you can opt for a more relaxing cruise. We love that this ride is suitable for both recreational and devoted cyclists.
This route also escapes the city and offers stunning views across the Yarra valley all the way to the city skyline. Views and a workout - what’s not to love?
This ride takes one to two hours (24km) and is ideal for intermediate (blue) riders. More information.
2. Sydney – Manly to City backroads ride
Riding around Sydney on main roads could be a death wish…unless you know the backroads. This ride starts in Manly and heads to Sydney using as few main roads as possible. It allows you to see the sights (safely), and riding over the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a special treat!
The ride takes one to two hours (19km) and is recommended for intermediate (blue) cyclists. More information.
3. Adelaide – hills and ranges
This scenic rollercoaster ride in Adelaide has it all. With rolling hills, valleys and adorable villages, you’ll be too busy admiring your surroundings to notice your legs burning as you climb the steep terrain.
For advanced (black) cyclists, this one- to two-hour (25km) ride is a lot of fun with ups and downs, narrow snaking roads and sharp turns. More information.
4. Brisbane – Mount Nebo to Mount Glorious
The ride to Mount Nebo and Mount Glorious is the perfect city escape. Taking between two and four hours (62ks) this ride is challenging and will really test your cycling skills – so make sure you’re prepared for it!
Although it’s a tough ride at times, once you find your rhythm you can enjoy the natural rainforest environment and breathtaking views over Samford Valley and Moreton Bay. This is a great ride for intermediate (blue) cyclists. More information.
5. Gold Coast – Main Beach to the Spit
The Gold Coast is known for its spectacular coastline, so why not enjoy it on two wheels? This ride takes you along the coastline from the Southport Lifesaving Club to the sand pumping jetty through either bushland or by the sea. It then continues under the jetty to the Southport Spit wall.
Along the way enjoy beautiful scenery, sight-seeing and the fresh sea breeze. The ride takes one to two hours (5km) and is suitable for cyclists of all abilities. More information.
6. Tasmania – Table Cape ride
Table Cape is a remarkable natural wonder. This trail tours around this ancient volcano passing rich farmland and the Table Cape Tulip Farm. Marvel at the rich, red, volcanic soil and the bright colours of the tulips in spring.
You’ll experience striking views as well as a striking heart rate after some tough climbs, but the descent is long and lovely following the Inglis River.
This ride takes one to two hours (20.5km) and is ideal for intermediate (blue) cyclists. More information.
7. Southern Highlands, NSW – Fitzroy Falls to Kangaroo Valley
This steep, adventurous ride from Fitzroy Falls to Kangaroo Valley is perfect for all types of bikers. Keep an eye out for native wildlife as you explore the Morton National Park.
Start by climbing to the top of Meryla Pass before heading down into the Yarrunga Creek Valley and finish in one of the most beautiful towns in the Southern Highlands.
This route takes a full day (30km) and is best for advanced (black) cyclists. More information.
8. Bendigo – North Bendigo river trail
This is a smooth, one- to two-hour ride (5km) on dedicated paths, and is a relaxing way to explore Bendigo. This easy trail, suitable for beginner (green) cyclists, takes you right through the middle of Bendigo and along the Bendigo Creek trail.
Pass inspiring scenery, historic buildings and the fernery (look out for bats!), and make sure to refuel at one of the great coffee shops along the way. More information.
9. Canberra – Googong Dam
If you’re looking for hills and thrills, this route from the east of Canberra to the Googong foreshore is for you. The undulating ride passes through woodlands, forests and grasslands and offers spectacular views over the Googong Reservoir.
This ride is popular as it is both rewarding and challenging. It can take up to half a day (66.5km) and is recommended for intermediate (blue) cyclists. More information.
10. Canberra – Mountain Bike ride, East Kowen Forest
Canberra is a mountain biking hub, so of course we had to include one of the best places for MTB in Canberra in this list! East Kowen Forest features mostly hardpack singletrack rides connected by some fire trails. These trails can take anywhere from two to four hours (31.8km).
East Kowen Forest is suitable for riders of all levels, with minor obstacles for beginners and challenging, varied routes for more advanced riders. There is no shortage of steep pinches, tight switchbacks or shallow climbs – great for any thrill seeker! More information.
So there you have it, ten of Australia’s best and most beautiful bike rides catering to all cycling levels. Australia has never looked so good on two wheels!
Have you already tested one of these bike rides? Which is your favourite ride in Australia? Let us know!