Looking for a two-wheeled adventure that will knock you off your boots? There’s no better place than Australia. Taking a bike tour through this land will have you seeing forests, beaches, and deserts, sometimes all on one trail. There’s an active biking community in Australia for a reason. It features more trails than you can count, which really makes it difficult to choose one over the other. Checking them all out on one trip isn’t feasible, so you might want to get to the best ones first. Here are a few examples that will quench your thirst for adventure while still leaving room for more later on.
The Great Ocean Road
With a name that already includes the word “great”, the Great Ocean Road is already off to a good start. There are few biking locations that are as beloved as this particular path. It’s primarily a path for driving, but there’s nothing stopping bikers from enjoying the trip as well. If it’s fun to drive your car on, it’s definitely going to be good for biking.
It’s one of Australia’s most popular scenic roads and it’s well worth trying out. If you like views, the Great Ocean Road has a lot to offer you. As you go along the path, you’re going to encounter countless cliffs, beaches, and rainforest views. As the name suggests, it also includes a stunning view of the ocean. You can roll by at a slow pace and absorb all the views at your own pace, or simply decide to zoom by as fast as you can. You won’t miss out either way, as there are more than enough views to go around.
Mountains often feature some of the best biking trails, and Mt. Buller is no exception to this rule. While it may get snowy in the autumn and winter, it’s not always a snowy desert. Once the warmer seasons come around, the snow melts and reveals some of the most scenic and interesting paths that you’ll encounter in Australia.
Mountain biking is already pretty popular on Mt. Buller, but it’s getting better every year. New trails are regularly being constructed to allow bikers to have even more views alongside fun and challenging paths. One of the latest additions to the biking portfolio includes the Australian Alpine Epic. It’s been compared to some of the best biking trails in the world, even though it’s relatively new.
The International Mountain Biking Association has even put it on its list of truly “epic” trails, which says a lot about it right from the start. It’s actually one of the few trails in this list that aren’t in North America. If this doesn’t attract bikers looking for an amazing experience, nothing will. It’s a 40km cross-country ride, so make sure you’re well-stocked and prepared for the biking trail if you want to get the full experience.
Moving away from some of the more mountainous biking trails of Australia, you can also visit Rottnest Island. It’s one of those cycling paths that feel like they were designed by cyclists to provide for a perfect experience. Make no mistake though, its views are all-natural and just as appealing anyway.
This Perth holiday island is almost completely flat, with roads that will make you want to cycle for hours upon hours. It’s not particularly long, as you can circle it in just a few hours. What it lacks in length, it makes up double in substance. There are some sixty beaches that line the path, giving you a stunning view of the ocean and gorgeous sand at nearly every bend.
You might think that such a road would be quickly occupied by motorized vehicles. You would be right, as drivers quickly flocked to the island to enjoy the views. However, there’s hardly any worry about running into vehicles, as the roads were closed to cars a while ago. You’ll only encounter the occasional bus that circles the island and serves as convenient transportation. This makes it a haven for cycling enthusiasts, bringing more and more of them here every year.
Not even the sheer popularity is an issue. There are more than enough beaches for everyone to have some fun in peace and quiet. Even if the first beach you encounter is chock-full of visitors, you’ll have fifty-nine others that probably aren’t as popular, leaving you with ample opportunities to lay down and rest in peace.
Even though Rottnest is an island with ample space to go around, it might be solitary enough for some cyclists. If you would prefer not encountering other cyclists while on your path, Maria Island might be more suited for your tastes.
This Tasmanian island is a national park which is open to cyclists and joggers alike, making it ideal for those who want a slice of nature with their physical activity. Take a ride to the Painted Cliffs and enjoy the view of patterned sandstones or pedal all the way to the isthmus that connects parts of the island together.
For those who enjoy history, there are also convict and industrial relics at Darlington, which provide a bit of insight into Australia’s past penitentiaries. If you’re aiming to get to the island, you’re going to need a ferry ride from Triabunna. Keep in mind that you won’t encounter any stores on the island, which is why you’ll need to bring your own breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with you. It’s a small price to pay for the views and trails you’ll encounter.
Tasmanian East Coast
If you’re looking for a trail that is the part challenge part relaxation, the Tasmanian East Coast would be a good place to visit. It’s one of the country’s finest cycle tours and it can last several days. Cyclists start in Launceston and head east towards the coast of St. Helens. While the start might not be too difficult, once you turn south, the landscapes start getting pretty diverse.
The trail will take you from beautiful beaches galore to Bust-Me-Gall and Break-Me-Neck Hill. If the names don’t encourage cyclists to take the challenge, the views might. Along the way you can easily detour to the Freycinet Peninsula or the Elephant Pass if you want some angle in your ride.
Tasmania’s west coast provides a particularly hilly challenge, which is why you might want to gear up properly. Make sure your ride comes equipped with quality bicycle parts to handle the turbulent a hilly journey. You’re not going to find spares along the road, which is why it has to be ready for the trek.
It takes around a week or so to tackle just the east coast, so be prepared. If you decide to venture into the wild west coast, you’ll need three extra days. All in all, it’s an amazing ten-day experience that will leave you wanting to come back for more.
Munda Biddi Trail
On the outskirts of Perth, you’ll find a pretty long biking trail that is well-worth riding. It goes from Perth to Albany without touching much road at all. This makes it an ideal trail for bikers that want their ride unobstructed by vehicles and traffic. It’s a newly completed track, which means it’s well-maintained and ready for bicycle riders to enjoy. Located parallel to the bushwalkers’ Bibbulmun Track, it’s an easier and more streamlined ride, giving every cyclist an opportunity to complete it with relative ease.
Don’t let it fool you, though. Despite the ease, it’s still a track that provides enough excitement to make it worth crossing. You can enjoy the wild coastline that stretches from Denmark to Albany and absorb the countless views along the way. The trail goes through the giant forests of Pemberton, which adds a gorgeous natural element to it.
If you need to take frequent breaks, the trail isn’t going to disappoint you in this regard either. There are campsites every fifty kilometers, and they’re fully equipped to handle a large influx of cyclists that visit. The whole trail stretches for a thousand kilometers and usually takes three weeks to complete. However, there are various offshoots and complete sections that you can enjoy without having to take on the whole trail.
Clearly, there’s no shortage of interesting bike tours in Australia. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or just took off your training wheels, you can easily find something that suits your needs. Australia’s tracks are chock-full of gorgeous beachside views and lush forests that are just dying to be explored.
Some of these biking trails are more popular than others and feature constant bike traffic, while others are low-key and you won’t meet a soul along the way. Whichever one you choose; you need to prepare and plan accordingly. Many of these tracks take a while, and they’re not often located in places where you want to find yourself on foot. Consider some of the above examples and you’ll be in for the ride of your life.