Do Australia Day By Bike!

24 January 2017

Australia Day is right around the corner and there’s no better way to enjoy the public holiday than by getting out and about on your bike! We’ve compiled some of the best ways to get involved and celebrate the best things you can do on a bike in NSW!

If you want to take in some history…

A group of riders
Parramatta Heritage Rides (a part of our CAMWest BUG) are running 3x 90-minute bicycle tours for free on Australia Day, with each showcasing different elements of Parramatta’s diverse history. The first one goes at 11am with a specific focus on the farmlands of the first settlers. The second ride will depart at 1pm, touring sites that hold a significance to the local indigenous communities. The final ride will begin at 3pm and will take riders all around Parramatta’s most well known historical sites. Places are limited so book now to make sure you get in!
Bike Liverpool, one of our great Bicycle User Groups, is running an awesome Australia Day Heritage Ride on the 26th. They’ll be going from Liverpool Train Station at 9am on an easy ride past Brickmaker’s Creek, the Crossroads Pub and Cowpastures and promise interesting and informative commentary about the history of the area. If you’re interested, contact Matt on 0424093940.

If you don’t know where to go…

Man on a small bike in funny costume
What prevents a lot of people from riding is just not being sure of where they can ride! Local councils offer up maps of cycleways and bike-friendly areas in your neighbourhood, making it even easier to plan out your Australia Day ride.
Check out your local Council’s Australia Day activities and see whether they have Bike Parking available for you and your bike crew!
Some of our favourite spots to ride around the Sydney area that you should be checking out this Australia Day include:

  • Cooks River Cycleway – easily one of the most popular shared paths in Sydney, this 23km stretch is fantastic for family trips around the inner South West. Start from Gough Whitlam Park in Earlwood and cycle along to river through Beaman Park, Canterbury Park and up to Punchbowl Rd.
  • The Spit to Manly Beach – take in some stunning waterfront vistas on this 19km ride that will challenge you with a climb up Battle Boulevard, through Balgowlah and ending with a fresh dip at Queenscliff Beach. Perfect!
  • Centennial Parklands – perhaps the most cycle-friendly spot in NSW with over 750,000 cyclists visiting every year, there’s no better location to take the family with shared cycleways for beginners and more experienced riders and cycle-hire running 7 days a week.

If you want to be social…

A group of bike riders enjoy Australia Day
All throughout the state are Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) made up of people keen to socialise and go for a good ride.
Some inter-state social rides for Australia Day weekend include Shoalhaven BUG’s Saturday Morning Meander for those who want a easier ride, Central Coast BUG’s Terrigal – Norah Head Return ride for those who want to push themselves a bit harder and the Coffs BUG’s Sunday morning ride from Coramba to Nana Glen.
Our PushOn Calendar has a comprehensive list of all the rides coming up around the Australia Day weekend and into the future, so head there to find and contact a group of like-minded riders in your area.

If you want to keep it chill…

A bicycle near the beach
If you’ve already sorted what your Australia Day plans are, that’s fantastic! Maybe you’re heading to the beach, or to the park for a BBQ, or to a mate’s to listen to the Hottest 100. Why not jump on your bike to get there? The perfect way to start off a very chill day is to take a ride and appreciate all the natural beauty of Australia in the summertime.

If you don’t own a bike…

..why should that stop you? Bike rental places are set up everywhere that offer cheap rates for people to take out a bike. Here is a list of the great bike rentals spots around the city of Sydney.
Check out our friends in Newcastle, at newly launched bike share scheme Bykko who offer awesome bike hire deals from $1.40 per hour for a 24 hour hire. All you need is a credit card to take a bike out for a lovely Australia Day with friends or family. Self-serve stations are located in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Sydney.


Make your summer a BikeSummer!

Don’t forget to snap a few pics of you and your friends or family out riding, share them on Facebook or Instagram, hashtag #BikeSummer and tag us @BicycleNSW to show off how great your Australia Day ride is!