There’s a plethora of options when it comes to cycle trails around Australia, due to its varying landscapes. Whether it’s the beach or rainforests, outback or mountain ranges, Australia has it all and a cycle trail to see it all. So grab yourself a bike from a professional store, and embark on at least one of these five amazing trails.
The Rainforest Adventure Tour, Byron Bay
Byron Bay is all about the tourists, beaches and nightlife, but rather surprisingly it also has an incredible bike trail. You get to see another side of Byron that many would not unless they dare go on this wonderful ride. It combines riding through fire trails, single tracks, sweepingly fast downhill sections and log jumps. It is not for the faint hearted. You will get to ride through the scenic backdrops of the beaches, rainforest as well as nature reserves.
Thredbo Mountain Biking Trails, Thredbo
This trail, being in Thredbo, you’d think it would be for snow seekers. But don’t be fooled, this becomes a brilliant trail in it’s own right during the summer. The Kosciuzszko Flow is a recent addition to this trail and provides smooth berms with rollovers, targeted at the intermediate riders. The new trail offers some stunning views of Kosciuzszko as well and is a great alternative to some of the bigger trails.
Mawson Trail, Outback Australia
This particular trail takes you on a journey through one of the world’s most unique landscapes, in Australia’s Outback. Just north of Adelaide is the starting point for this spectacular trail that will test your body and mind in some extreme heat. The Mawson Trail is some 900kms long with challenging terrain through the outback providing a beautiful backdrop full of local wildlife, flora and fauna.
Narrow Neck, Blue Mountains
The Narrow Neck trail through the Blue Mountains has been described as cycling through the clouds. It is an incredible trail that is suited for everyone, beginners through to experts alike. Make sure your camera has a full battery before embarking, however, as there is some wonderful photo opportunities at nearly every turn. This trail will get the heart pumping as well with some massive cliff peaks to make sure you stay on the path. Lake Burragorang is one of the many sights seen along the way.
The Goldfields Track, Ballarat
Three sections make up this 210km historic trail from Bendigo to Ballarat. It points to the rich history of Victoria, especially the ‘gold rush’ of the 1800’s. The trail takes in the Great Dividing Range, as it is point of geographical reference, as well old mining sites, silent forests and waterways. Of the three sections that make up this trail, The Wallaby Track is the longest at 90km and provides the biggest challenges. The Dry Digging Track (61km) and the Leanganook Track (58km) provide shorter and easier trails for the beginners.
There are five cycle trails that you should visit on your next holiday, but what are some others? Do you have any tips for people doing one of these trails for the first time?