Sydney Park, Erskineville
If you live near Erskineville or are on a trainline to St Peters Station, Sydney Park is a place for a bit of casual bike riding. Ten years ago, we regularly used to head to Sydney park because they have a great traffic light bike park for the kids. Our kids also used to enjoy a big hill where they could roll down and there is lots of grass to kick a ball. Nowadays the whole park is a mecca for walkers, kids cyclists and dog lovers. Its also a very pleasant place to ride a bike if you enjoy the experience of going slowly past the 101 Dalmatians. It can also be great place to practice short hill climbs. The paths up the hill tend to be a lot emptier and if you want real exercise, 20 times up the five different tracks will sort you out more than a tread mill.
Given that two times around the park is only 6 km's of riding, you should head down Huntley St to get to the markets and cafes of "The Mills Of Alexandria". Take a bike lock if you go there as you cannot drag the bike into the cafe areas or markets. Once you are on Bourke Rd, head south down the special bike bath and you will be at Mascot Station and then the bike trail to Brighton le Sands.
Anyone on the Cooks river can ride down that trail to Mascot then Bourke Rd and end up in Sydney Park, have a snack and then catch a train home from St Peters station. St. Peters Station has quite a few steps to get to all platforms and no lifts.
Starting at the Northern Carpark and heading in a clockwise direction
Start at the carpark on the North Side
Lakes looking south
Kids playpark is super
The Brickwork chimneys are visible for miles
Sydney Cycleways and BikeWise do courses here
External Links: Sydney Park is home to Sydney Cycleways and their program of bike maintenance and bike skill workshops. They have a page on the Sydney Park tracks here. The council has a page on the mini kids tracks here
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