Mountain Biking and Cycling
Discover the natural beauty of NSW with a range of exhilarating cycling experiences. From the splendid coast to magnificent national parks to Australia’s highest peaks, you’ll be thrilled with the great road-cycling routes and mountain biking tracks throughout the State.
Take part in fun cycling events including Newcrest Orange Challenge and the Sydney to CAMberra Ride. In November, you can take part in L’Étape Australia by Tour de France, a unique amateur road cycling event in the beautiful NSW Snowy Mountains.
There are mountain bike festivals across the state, including Dungog PedalFest in Dungog, and the Wollombi Wild Ride in the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region. There are triathlons and community events, such as the Tumut Cycle Classic and the Mudgee Bike Muster.
Cycling Routes & Trails
NSW has an incredible selection of routes and trails ranging from easy terrain for children to challenging tracks. Wonderful routes and trails in national parks include:
- Burramoko Ridge trail in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains
- Tommos loop and the Warrah Trig loop, on the Central Coast
- Plateau Circuit loop, near Coffs Harbour on the North Coast
- Bundanoon route, in the Southern Highlands
- Five Mile trail in the Murray Valley National Park, near Echuca Moama
- Monument Beach trail, near Lake Conjola on the South Coast
For a spectacular journey through Australia’s oldest national park, pedal on the Grand Pacific Drive from Sydney to Wollongong, via the Royal National Park and the Sea Cliff Bridge, an engineering marvel. A lovely route all year or join the annual to MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride in November.
On the beautiful NSW coast, you can enjoy the Broulee, North Head to Mossy Point Cycleway, a flat route that passes the sand dunes of Bengello Beach, a renowned surf beach. Or inland try the Tracker Riley Cycleway in Dubbo.
For dramatic mountain backdrops, explore the Snowy Mountains on two wheels. The quiet roads in the high country are great for cycling, with the Khancoban to Kiandra Drive weaving through Kosciuszko National Park. The thrilling Thredbo Downhill Bike Run operates after the snow melts.
If you’re looking for an epic adventure, tackle the NSW Coast Cycle Trail. Running from Brisbane to Melbourne, the trail covers the full length of the State through nine beautiful regions. It incorporates cycle paths and rail trails, and tries to stay away from major highways. The full trail runs for more than 2,500km or you can plan to ride shorter sections using the interactive map.
Importantly, helmets are compulsory and you must follow the NSW road rules wherever you ride. Cycling on local roads, shared paths, or on cycle ways can get you from A to B in many NSW regions, with cycle networks in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, and between major regional centres.