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When I first started thinking about Sydney trails, my head was filled with thoughts of steep hills, cars and faded white pictures of bikes on green patches on the road. After a much exploring, I can now reveal that Sydney has some very good places to ride if you have the motivation to going exploring.

 

For example its great on the Parramatta River, Olympic Park is really easy, you can cruise down the Cooks River, trundle at Brighton Le Sands, explore the mangroves, teach your kids about roads, or ride forever down the M7.

 

Quick Summaries: Need to hire a bike or you need a kids playground with your ride

 

CLICK on the pictures below to read about the different Sydney trails or Read this story on the Top Rides Around Sydney

 

 

Darling Harbour is spectacular and easy to get to Olympic Park is easy riding and no roads Rhodes to Parramatta and across to Olympic Park Summerhill to Iron Cove Strathfield Station onwards down the Cooks River to Botany Bay and the Airport Ride along the bay on shared paths by Brighton Le Sands Continue on the ride along Botany bay to the Captain Cook Bridge Ride from Tarren Point to Cronulla Ride around Centennial Park, Moore Park and Redfern Guildford to Canley Vale for 30+ kms of road free riding Carramar down to Georges River Chipping Norton Lake from Liverpool Station Botany Park and Foreshore - 7km of fun for the kids Super ride around the La Perouse area and can easily be extended to Malabar for 20km Sydney Park in Erskinville is great recreational riding with a couple of hills Salt Pan Creek near Riverwood - a great explore Lots of easy riding around Manly beach and some hills to North Head A good and popular lake ride and extensions to Dee WhyThe commuters track with some nice sections near St Leonards M7 - Ride for ever on a good separated cycle way M7 - More great separated cycleway riding and great side trails

 

Open a Google Map with links to each trail  You can view Sydney bike trail locations on Google maps here. On a phone, you need to collapse the menu using the three dots at the top. Eastern Suburbs zoom in here or
 

See the Botany Bay trails on Google Maps >>

 

Best Places to Ride a Hire Bike

 

If you are riding a hire bike in Sydney, it is best that you stick to Non-Road rides, especially if you are used to traffic on the RHS of the road. I recommend the following rides

Darling Harbour Apart from a few hundred metres near Barrangaroo Pt, you can ride slowly from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Pyrmont and beyond. Lots of cheap Mobile Phone App bikes can be found in this area so you won't need to go both ways.

Olympic park is the best place to ride and you can get there by ferry or train

Manly - North Head Really nice, you can take your bike on the large ferries or hire there. Just follow my maps carefully to avoid going on roads.

Centennial Park Great if you need a work out as you can circle around and around without stopping.

 

 

Rides That Have Great Playgrounds

 

If you want to go for a ride with the kids and top it off with playground equipment, here are some suggestions

Sydney Park is very central and has a great traffic light park to learn on

Botany has a small but fun play area and the trees are pretty good. Nearby is Chifley Park which is good too

Olympic Park is just super with two great play areas and lots of safe riding

Doonside has two great parks, Bungarribee Park and Narragingy Reserve and Lizard Log is not far away

Manly Lagoon at the north end of Manly beach is a super place to learn to ride

 

 

Pools Next To Bike Trails

 

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Here is a page where you can find a lot of the pools on bike trails around Sydney

 

Story on Seven Top Rides around Sydney