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6 cycling spots around NSW

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Cycling through Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, backdropped by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, with Bonza Bike Tours.

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6 cycling spots
around NSW

Bonza Bike Tours, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Cycling through Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, backdropped by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, with Bonza Bike Tours.

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Scale mountain tops, weave through ancient forest, zip past vineyards and take in ocean views — the options for exploring New South Wales on two wheels are as diverse as they are dramatic. From the Snowy Mountains to Sydney, the state’s dedicated cycleways and cross-country mountain-bike trails range from short, easy rides suitable for the whole family, to full-day adventures across challenging terrain. Whichever you choose, bring your pedal power. 

Sydney 

Cycling is the ideal way to explore Sydney, which is blessed with expansive parks and gardens, blissful beaches linked by clifftop trails, and vast tracts of protected national parkland. For a day of flat-trail fun with the family, bike the 3.5km loop around Centennial Parklands in the city’s inner-east. For something more challenging, tackle the 60km Three Gorges loop in the north of Sydney, with views of the Hawkesbury River and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park en route.  

Snowy Mountains  

There are plenty of reasons to visit the Snowy Mountains in winter. But once the weather warms, Australia’s highest mountain range — 600km south of Sydney — becomes a mecca for cyclists, offering a textbook mountain-bike experience across dirt tracks and sealed roads. For a solid workout, test the Thredbo Valley Track, with routes of between 12km and 35km traversing alpine terrain through Kosciuszko National Park and along the Thredbo River. 

Another highlight is the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail — 21km of sealed and safe tracks following the region’s onetime rail line. Historic sites, rolling fields and eucalypt forest are just some of the scenic attractions.  

Blue Mountains 

Nothing beats the adrenalin rush of zipping along clifftops, through deep canyons and around untouched bushland in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains on two wheels. Test your stamina on the hilly 58km between Glenbrook and Wentworth Falls along the Oak and Anderson fire trails.  

Or enjoy never-ending vistas of Lake Burragorang on the McMahon’s Point trail, a challenging 36km return from the Blue Mountains town of Wentworth Falls, a 1.5-hour drive west from Sydney.  

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Family enjoying a day out at Centennial Park in a hired 4-seat pedal car from Centennial Park Cycles.

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Centennial Park Cycles, Centennial Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Family enjoying a day out at Centennial Park in a hired 4-seat pedal car from Centennial Park Cycles.

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Family enjoying a day of mountain biking in the Blue Mountains National Park.

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Mountain Biking, Blue Mountains CREDIT: Destination NSW

Family enjoying a day of mountain biking in the Blue Mountains National Park.

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South Coast 

Pedal the scenic 90km from Sydney to Wollongong via the Royal National Park — the oldest national park in Australia — across the breathtaking 665m Sea Cliff Bridge and along the Grand Pacific Drive. From clifftop lookouts to deserted beaches, it’s a route you won’t forget in a hurry.  

Other heart-starting cycle routes take you through Mogo State Forest, south of Batemans Bay (280km from Sydney); the Narooma trails, through Bodalla State Forest (350km from Sydney); the Bundanoon trail through Morton National Park (140km from Sydney); and the cross-country trails around Murramarang National Park (270km from Sydney).  

Hunter Valley 

Explore the rolling vine-laced countryside of the Hunter Valley, 250km north of Sydney, at your own pace, using pedal power to visit cellar doors, sample local produce or drop in on art galleries. Not for the faint of heart, the 22km Big Yango loop trail traverses through the Yengo and Wollemi wilderness areas in Yengo National Park, with steep climbs, challenging descents and tight switchbacks. Admire the rugged landscape and keep an eye out for wombats, wallabies and goannas as you navigate this tricky trail.  

Lord Howe Island 

It’s just a two-hour flight from Sydney to Lord Howe, but you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you touch down. Explore the 12km-long island’s wild, Jurassic-like landscapes on two wheels, cooling off at beaches, pausing to wander through rainforest and popping your stand down when you find a café that takes your fancy. The island’s roads have a 25km/h speed limit, making cycling the favoured mode of transport for residents and visitors.  

Events and competitions  

For competitive cyclists, NSW offers the chance to partake in a number of events, not in the least the L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France. This annual festival of Lycra — held amid the rolling hills of Kiama, Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands on the South Coast — covers two distances: 80km and 136km. 

Not just for cyclists, Gears + Beers unites bikes with beer, cider, great food and entertainment. There are multiple courses pencilled out around Wagga Wagga, 450km southwest of Sydney, catering to riders of all ages and fitness levels.  

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Couple enjoying a relaxing and scenic bike ride on Lord Howe Island.

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Cycling, Lord Howe Island CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a relaxing and scenic bike ride on Lord Howe Island.

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L'Étape Australia 2016, Snowy Mountains CREDIT: L'Étape Australia

Cyclist competing in the L'Étape Australia in the scenic Snowy Mountains.

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L'Étape Australia 2016, Snowy Mountains CREDIT: L'Étape Australia

Cyclist competing in the L'Étape Australia in the scenic Snowy Mountains.

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