Best Cycling Tracks in Australia

01
Jun
2013

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to go cycling in Australia.  I haven’t been able to make it over there just yet, but to keep me dreaming we’re putting up this post by Jenna Boister.  Have a look at the top cycling spots in Australia according to Jenna.

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Best Cycling Tracks in Australia

by Jenna Boister

With vast coastlines, rugged terrain, and an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife, it’s no wonder that cycling is one of the most popular recreational activities in Australia. This is backed up by research undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which showed that during the past 10 years, Australians purchased more bicycles than cars. People prefer biking because aside from its other numerous benefits, it is also a great way to explore various parts of the country while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

If you’re planning a trip down under and want to explore the country by bike, we’ve come up with a list of the four best cycling tracks:

1. Tasmanian Trail (Tasmania)

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Country roads, forest tracks and rocky surfaces—those are the few things you should expect to see and experience on the Tasmanian bike trail. It is 480 kilometres long and runs from the north coast of Devonport to Dover; providing hundreds of kilometres of terrain, rich in natural Tasmanian heritage, for the rider. The first two stages of the track are pretty easy but gets tougher when you reach around the 30-40 kilometre mark.

The trail is challenging and quite complicated thus it would require some technical riding skills and great stamina; and expert bikers advise that it is best to cycle this trail around October to March.  This cycling track is perfect for those that are looking for a good physical workout while enjoying the scenic beauty Tasmania has to offer.

2. Birdsville Track (Queensland)

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Known for its overall remoteness, the Birdsville Track is one of the most popular cycling tracks in Australia. This 523 kilometres long track starts in Birdsville, Queensland and ends in Marree, South Australia. The entire track can be finished within seven days and expert bikers advise that it’s best to bike on this trail around April to October.

This cycling track can be bumpy due to the chunky gravel and dry watercourses in the area. Riders should expect to experience plenty of vibration and should not forget to bring their own spare bike parts as there are no bike shops within the area!

3. Mawson Trail (South Australia)

The Mawson cycling trail is a mountain bike trail that was said to be set up by the South Australian government, for those wanting the ultimate cycling 039-Mawson-Trail-5adventure. The whole track is scenic and challenging and would definitely be enjoyed by thrill-seekers looking to explore some more of the rural South Australian towns.

The trail is about 900 kilometres long and can be found beginning in Adelaide and ending in the outback town of Blinman in the North Flinders Ranges. This trail comprises of state forest, country roads, and farm tracks. It takes approximately two weeks to finish this track and expert cyclists warn to stay away during the hotter months of January to March.

4. Mt Augustus (Western Australia)

For those who are looking for a magnificent long distance bike ride, the Mt. Augustus cycling track is the one for you. The backdrop is breath-taking and the road surface is generally easy to ride. The entire cycling track is 860 kilometres long and is located in Exmouth, and ends in Meekatharra in the Gascoyne region.

An average rider will take ten days to complete this cycling track, and it is best to visit Mt. Augustus around spring to enjoy the wildflowers that blossom over the entire landscape.

5.  Manly Beach Bike Trail (New South Wales)

If you’re after something a little less extreme and a little more family friendly, why not try the beach bike trail along Sydney’s famous Manly beach.  Best experienced on a beach cruiser, this ride, at only 7kms long, pales in comparison to distance when compared to the others. Definitely not what you’d consider extreme biking, this trail follows the ocean promenade and ends at Shelly Beach. This trail can be organized as a tour through Manly Bike Tours, which is part of the Bicycles Online network.

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5 Responses to “ Best Cycling Tracks in Australia ”

  1. Kit Harvey (@HarvsK) on June 2, 2013 at 12:18 am

    These are just four of the amazing bike journeys Australia has to offer. But it’s just the beginning! There are also amazing road cycling cultures in each capital city.

    As a Melburnian (Melbourne native), several popular locations/routes come to mind, including: the scenic Beach Road (not far from the city) along Port Phillip Bay, the Kew Boulevard (great for those that enjoy hillier terrain – the area is littered with short, sharp climbs) and the Albert Park circuit (awesome for training – it’s the same track used in the Australian F1 Grand Prix – the road is flat, fast and surrounds the picturesque Albert Park Lake).

    Can’t wait to head out to the country and try some of these beautiful tracks you describe.

    • Mark Beaconsfield on June 2, 2013 at 10:12 am

      I agree totally with Kit. Melbourne has many wonderful cycling tracks. As well as those mentioned, there is also the Yarra river trail, Maribyrnong river path, Merri creek path, and for those who like to climb, Mount Dandenong, Kinglake and Mt Macedon are all fairly close to Melbourne.

      • Darryl is Loving the Bike on June 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm

        Okay guys, I really need to get over there and ride with you. Let’s see if we can get some big Australian company to sponsor me.

  2. Mark Beaconsfield on June 1, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I have never tried any of these tracks. The closest one of these to me is about 700km away, and only accessable by plane or boat. The rest are even further. Some of the places mentioned are not for the faint hearted. Rugged terrain and remoteness means a lot of planning is involved before setting out on these rides.

  3. Vern on June 1, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I must go cycling in Australia.

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