31 January 2016
Whether you’re keen on a relaxing, scenic ride through the countryside, a beachside meander or a more challenging mountain biking adventure, there’s no better time than summer to check out the cycleways, tracks and trails of NSW. Here are 5 of the top cycling and mountain biking experiences to explore.
Join the skilled local guides from the eco-certified Mountain Bike Tours Byron Bay on a two-wheel adventure through fire trails, single tracks, exhilarating downhills and log jumps through the World Heritage listed Nightcap National Park in the hinterland of Byron Bay near Lismore. The ride finishes at a swimming hole at the crest of Minyon Falls for a locally-sourced picnic lunch.
Not for the faint of heart, the 22 km 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 traverse this tricky trail.
In December 2016, join more than 30,000 riders at the inaugural L’Etape Australia by Tour de France in the Snowy Mountains. The amateur event is run under professional conditions and features closed roads, a challenging route, sprint and a King of the Mountain section with riders competing for yellow, green, polka dot and white jerseys.
Bring your own bike and choose from six self-guided cycling adventures of the NSW South Coast with Australian Cycling Holidays. Try the Coastal Escape Cycling Tour. With four and a half days’ cycling, one day’s hiking the stunning Kiama Coastal Walk, and an afternoon’s eco-adventure cruise, there’s something new to discover each day. You can even download an itinerary and fact sheet and set your own pace.
Admire sculptures created by local Indigenous artists on the 5 km, two-metre wide walking and cycling pathway that winds along the Murray River. You can also learn the story of the region’s Aboriginal history and cultural significance of the river with interpretative panels and videos via smartphone, and check out the sculptures created by local Aboriginal artists.