Cycling in Sydney

Get your bike into gear. From dedicated bike paths to mountain bike trails, cycling is great way to see Sydney. There is a cycleway across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and paths along the coast and in parklands, including Centennial Parklands, Sydney Olympic Park and Western Sydney Parklands.

A network of integrated cycle paths connects parts of Sydney City. There are also guided cycling tours, such as BlueBananas electric bikes and Bonza Bike Tours, to some of Sydney’s top sights, including historic area of The Rocks, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

A Bonza Bike tour cycling near the Sydney Opera House

In the eastern suburbs is Centennial Parklands, an idyllic location for cycling. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the green oasis spread over three adjoining parks. Hire a bike from Centennial Park Cycles or bring your own and ride around these tranquil, beautiful grounds. There are lovely picnic spots, too.

You can travel with your bike on most public transport. Take a ferry to Manly and pedal to secluded coves, beaches and North Head for great harbour views. Bike hire is available from Manly Bike Tours, and there are more than 20km of bike paths and off-road trails in Manly and the Northern Beaches.

Around tranquil Narrabeen Lagoon is an 8.4km off-road nature trail. More than 190 bird species call the large coastal lagoon and surrounding parkland and bushland home. Pockets of Cabbage Tree palms tower over the trail. There are four picnic areas, all with electric barbecues, tables and toilets.

A cyclist riding on the Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail, in northern Sydney

Over 35km of bike paths weave through Sydney Olympic Park, in Sydney’s west. Download a Bike Safari Map and choose from the 5.5km Parklands Circuit, 7.6km Olympic Circuit, or the 11km River Heritage Circuit. Young kids can ride the Children's Loop in Bicentennial Park. Bike hire is available.

Western Sydney Parklands is vast – more than 5,000 hectares. Cycling tracks snake through the green corridor, including the Wylde Mountain Bike Trail. Another mountain bike trail is in Hornsby, in Sydney’s north. The Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail is a 6km adventure in picturesque bushland.

In national parks, mountain bike trails and on-road routes meander past sandstone rock faces and in emerald forests. Devines Hill loop is part of the UNESCO World Heritage convict trail in Dharug National Park, in the Hawkesbury. For more cycling experiences, check out the Cycleway Finder.

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