Cycling holidays are a great way to get out and explore Australia. It’s healthy, fun and the slower pace will give you a whole different perspective on travelling. Some of the more popular destinations for cycling holidays are Victoria’s rail trails, but you don’t need to go far from Sydney to discover some great cycling routes. Here are our top 3 cycling holiday destinations for a weekend:
Separating Sydney’s Northern Beaches from the Central Coast, the Hawkesbury River offers long stretches of quiet roads stretching through gorgeous bush scenery. A train from Sydney will take you to Windsor Station, and from there it’s a short trip down to the River Road. This quiet backroad follows the bends of the river towards Wiseman’s Ferry, where you’ll find a supermarket, cafe and pub. If you’re keen to stay indoors there’s accommodation at the pub, but there’s excellent bush camping at Mill Creek Campground, in the Dharug National Park. We recommend visiting the sleepy hamlet of St Albans – the historic pub comes highly recommended. You can return back the same way, or continue on to Hawkesbury River or Wyong Station.
The wine country of the Hunter Valley is best enjoyed on a cycling getaway. You can appreciate the bucolic scenery, local cheeses, and fine wines (in moderation, of course). There are cosy bed and breakfasts nestled in the rolling hills, and a huge network of back roads to explore. The main attraction is the wineries, where you’ll sample some of Australia’s best wines. When you find something you like, get them to freight you a dozen! This ride exits the Hunter Valley by riding up and over the Watagan mountains to the Central Coast (so don’t bring too much wine with you).
This is a rise of epic proportions – hill-lovers only need apply! Over 2 or 3 days, you’ll traverse some truly gorgeous terrain, passing Jenolan and Wombeyan Caves. If you’re riding it in two days, you can camp on the floor of a disused drovers’ cottage on the Colong-Oberon Stock Route, while those taking three days can stay at the Jenolan Cabins and then at the Wombeyan Caves (cabins or campsites available). There’s a healthy dose of dirt roads, so be prepared for an adventure.