Narrabeen and Dee Why
All casual bike riders in Sydney have to ride around the Narrabeen Lakes at least once. Its really nice. But there are a couple of things to know so that you make this a great ride rather than a great short ride.
Firstly you need to get to the trail and the only option is come by car unless you want to hire a bike at the lake. There is a big trick here, if you park at one of the very well setup carparks next to the lake, you are going to pay $7 an hour. Local residents don't need to pay but they also will know all about this trail anyway. I parked at the Middle Creek Reserve Park on Narrabeen Lagoon, facilities were nice and clean and you are right on the trail.
If you want to park on the trail that I am documenting, head to "St Matthews Farm Reserve" on S Creek Road in Cromer. Look for the brand new skateboard park. Another place is the large car park on the edge of Cromer Park soccer ovals and that is also on S Creek Road. If you park at Cromer Park, the path is on the south-west corner. For both car parks, head North-West to the Narrabeen Lagoon and South-East to Dee Why. Another reason for parking around Cromer is parking near Dee Why will be hopeless in summer as everyone heads to the beach.
Narrabeen Lake is very beautiful and it is very popular, sort of like Iron Cove in the inner west of Sydney. Same tactics apply here, get here early and you will have a smooth journey, arrive after 10 am and there will be lots of people walking and riding and lots of kids. I quite like the pausing and balancing, you may not. If you have kids, they won't care either way. The track surface is fairly smooth with a lot of board walks on the north, bridges galore in the west, dirt track all along the south and the rest is footpath concrete shared path. I really liked the southern side. Most importantly, bring your camera.
So lets now make this ride a lot longer and lets not go on any roads. Step one is to ride up the side of Wakehurst pathway in the north-eastern corner of Narrabeen Lagoon and go to the beach at Narrabeen Head.
Step two is to head from the South Western Corner of Narrabeen Lagoon and ride to Dee Why. This track is really easy to follow down a number of parks and there is only one main road crossing. Its actually quite fun, not as busy as the Lagoon and the beach at Dee Why is terrific. Take your swimmers and a bike chain (use it on the bike, not in the water) in summer.
All up this ride is 23km long so with coffee shops, photographs and relaxing riding, this will eat up near 3 hours of your day. I bet you will enjoy it.
If you want a little more riding on flat shared paths, you can head into the suburb of Warriewood for 7kms of exploring. Things to look for are the Irrawong waterfall and the Warriewood Valley Rocket Play Park. My map will show you how to ride around the Warriewood Wetlands which is a good bit of fun.
If 30 km isn't enough, drive down to Manly for another 20km of great riding.
Best of Narrabeen and Dee Why photos below.
Trail photos are shown below
Heading around the lake starting in the west
Off to Narrabeen Lagoon
At the North end of Collaroy Beach
Heading west around Narrabeen Lake
Northern Beach Bikers on the Western Bridges
Heading towards Dee Why
Dee Why - now we head back to Narrabeen
Pictures randomly take from Dee Why and beyond
St Matthews Farm Reserve
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