If you love cycling and are thinking about visiting Australia, you’re in luck – one of the best ways to see all that Australia’s beautifully rugged landscape has to offer is by bicycle. From off-road mountain biking tours to long cycles along winding clifftop highways, Australia has something for every type of adventure cyclist. So if it’s more than a leisurely bike ride that you’re after, here’s a list of top adventure cycling tours and destinations in Australia.
Blue Mountains, NSW
Stunning views, natural rock formations, waterfalls and the smell of eucalyptus in the air. You’ll find it all at the Blue Mountains National Park, located just over an hour and half drive west from Sydney. With thousands of kilometres of cycle paths zig sagging across the national park, there’s something for all skill levels, from the chilled-out Katoomba cliff drive, to the more advanced 2-hour Mount Banks Road cycle route. Check out the official Blue Mountains National Park website for a full directory of different cycle routes, times, maps, difficulty ratings, and the most up to date weather information and potential fire warnings. Tour operators include River Deep, Mountain High, and the Blue Mountains Adventure Company.
Gold Coast Hinterland, QLD
Get off the beaten track and experience 100,000 hectares of National Parks, rainforests, reserves, and enchanting mountain biking trails. Springbrook Mountain and Mount Tamborine are must-sees amongst all the mountains, canyons and valleys, and there are even plenty of wineries in the region for those who love a glass of vino in between all their cycling. Tour operators around the Hinterland include Bunyip Bike Tours and Gold Coast Cycling Tours.
If you love to cycle accompanied by stunning views, cucltural attractions and some of the cleanest air in the world (according to the Bureau of Meterology), then Tasmania’s the place for you. The 6-day cycling trip between two of Tasmania’s most culturally exciting and picturesque cities covers around 450kms of the east coast of the island. Sights along the way include the Port Arthur World Heritage site, Freycinet Bay National Park and Coles Bay, just to name a few, and be sure to stop in at the MONA Museum in Hobart if you’re a bit of an art fan. Go it alone, or choose a tour operator like Tasmania Trip or All Trails.
Great Ocean Road, VIC
For those who love a challenge, the this 243km winding road along Australia’s south-east coast is perfect for self-guided cyclers or those looking to join a tour. You’ll cycle through farmlands, along cliff top highways, and be treated to breathtaking views of Australia’s pristine coastline. Whether you choose to go it alone, or join a tour group, the best time of the year to visit is between October and April. Tour operators include Global Adventure Guide and Cycling Tours.
Munda Biddi Trail, WA
Noongar Aboriginal for “path through the forest” Munda Biddi is the ultimate cycling trail for nature enthusiasts. If you’re lucky, you’ll also spot Australian native animals like brush wallabies, brushtail possums and gray kangaroos. Get involved in helping the local Munda Biddi Trail Foundation conserve the natural environment of the cycling trail so future generations can enjoy it too.
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