Mountain biking and cycling


Biking tracks in NSW

From the spectacular coast to World Heritage rainforest to gorgeous vineyards to mountain ranges, NSW is Australia's best place for cycling and mountain biking. The many on-road and off-road routes will take you to some of the world's most beautiful scenery. Trails range from short and easy rides suitable for families to half-day and full-day rides.

  •   Five Mile Mountain Bike Trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo by National Parks and Gavin_Hansford
  • Cyclists riding through a stream, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo by National Parks and Murray Vanderveer

Cycling is an exhilarating way to discover beautiful NSW. You'll find dedicated paths and lanes for cycling throughout NSW, as well as mountain biking trails and tracks, ranging from easy terrain for the children to challenging trails.

In the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, enjoy mountain bike touring in a World Heritage wilderness. Pedal the scenic 90 km from Sydney to Wollongong, via the Royal National Park and the breathtaking Sea Cliff Bridge, as part of the Sydney to the Gong race, or have a go at Tommos Loop on the Central Coast, a six-hour exploration of the Brisbane Water National Park.

Cycling, Lord Howe Island

In the Snowy Mountains, join about 30,000 riders in December at L’Etape Australia by Tour de France. Once the snow has melted, you can cycle the trails and tracks of this beautiful terrain, with paths for beginners, intermediate and expert mountain bikers.

Thredbo Valley's shared-use track is ideal for beginners, more experienced riders will enjoy the single-lane trails along the Thredbo River, and family-friendly trails are at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

A tandem bicycle tour around the Hunter Valley vineyards, north of Sydney, is great fun. Nearby, the 22 km Big Yengo loop trail traverses Yengo and Wollemi wilderness in Yengo National Park, featuring steep climbs, descents and tight switchbacks. The Wollemi Cycle Trail is a 442 km, six-day adventure.

For an island adventure, visit the World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island and hire a bike.

Cycling on local roads, in shared pedestrian and cyclists zones, or on cycle paths can get you from A to B in many NSW regions, with cycle networks in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, and between major regional centres. Helmets are compulsory, and follow the NSW road rules wherever you ride.

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