Spring has sprung the highly-anticipated warmer and sunnier days, and summer is right around the corner - is there a better time to discover some of Australia’s least known cycling routes? Of course not.Luckily for all you cycling fanatics out there, there is no shortage of fun and adventure in the Land of Oz, with bike-friendly urban, rural, and wilderness routes just waiting to be conquered by restless spirits.
From Victoria and NSW to Tasmania, South Australia, and Queensland, a single lifetime is not enough to discover and experience the natural beauties Australia has to offer. Here are the five hidden cycling treasures of Oz you are bound to fall in love with.
Great Ocean Road
First, you’ll need to plan for four to five days on the road. Second, you’re going to have a blast. The 250-kilometre stretch of twists and turns from Torquay in Geelong to Warrnambool to the west is a truly breathtaking scenic route that looks much better from a seat of a bike than a seat of a car. Because why drive when you can ride and experience the scenery?
Start in Torquay and witness all of the iconic sights symbolic of the Australian landscape - the cliffs, the ocean, the golden sandy beaches,and the rainforests. The Grand Ocean Road truly is a journey to remember.
High Country Brewery Trail
Fancy an ice-cold pint at the end of every trail? No problem, the Victoria’s High Country Brewery Trail has got your covered. This is not a race, oh no, this is a journey of taste and pleasure. The trail entailing natural beauties at Warby Range, through the Beechworth Mountain BikePark, to the Ovens River at Bright, will also have you taste unique homemade brews at every stop - a perfect refreshment after a challenging trail.
The trail that begins at Glenrowan and ends at the breathtaking Mount Beauty has everything a cyclist’s heart could possibly want from an adventure in the Aussie wilderness. Remember, it is still wilderness nonetheless, so make sure you research and obtain all of the necessary equipment at a reputable online bike store in Australia in order to stay safe, and make your adventure a breeze.
Did you know that off the coast of Perth, arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, lies an island bosting more than sixty golden sandy beaches? Welcome to Rottnest Island, where you will feel more inclined to put on a pair of shades and you favourite swimsuit and just lay about all day long, soaking in the rays.
When you do decide to hop on your trusty metal steed though, you will find that the pleasant, scenic ride around the island won’t take you more than a few hours, depending on how many stop you make to take a dip or marvel in the beauty before you. What makes this island even more inviting for cyclists is the fact that the roads are sealed off for vehicles - a true paradise for bike (the cool kind) enthusiasts.
Winter is over, the snow has melted from the mountain’s slopes, so what are you waiting for? Mount Buller is waiting for you. During the spring and summer seasons, this popular winter escapade transforms its façade into one of country’s most vivid mountain biking destination.
But if this notion alone is not enough to tickle your imagination, how about the fact that in December 2014 the Australian Alpine Epic trail was opened and officially dubbed an “epic mountain bike ride” by the International Mountain Biking Association? Elite cyclists only, though!
Off the coast of Tasmania lies yet another island, a National Park in its entirety, and a true heaven for cyclists no matter the experience, no matter the skill level. Keep in mind that there are no stores on the island and you will be left to your own devices once there, so make sure you pack all of the necessary provisions before your board the ferry at Triabunna.
Traffic is not allowed on the island, so you can enjoy walking and cycling with the native animals to your heart’s content. Be sure to visit the Painted Cliffs while there!
Australia has no shortage of traversable natural wonders that are perfect to explore and experience from the seat of your trusty steed. Be sure to hit up these hidden gems this season for a cycling adventure of a lifetime.