My partner and some of my family members are just back from a great long weekend away where we found ourselves riding around Dubbo Zoo. It was a great way to see the zoo because you could ride right up to all the enclosures. But it got me thinking that tourist attractions like the zoo in western NSW is doing a great job of normalising bike riding. This is because most of the people riding bikes around the zoo are not regular riders so it’s promoting riding to them. I expect that some of them return home and start riding a bike as a result of the experience.
So it got me thinking that incorporating even a small amount of bike riding into a holiday is a win-win. It’s a great activity for people with children, but it’s also great for people who don’t have children in tow. So to get you thinking about incorporating bike riding into your future holidays, here’s a few Australian locations:
I had a recent short break in Bright and it was a great cycling destination. It is surrounded by great off-road bike paths that are relatively flat and easy, but it’s also got mountains for those who want to challenge themselves. Surrounding towns also boast great rail trails that are linked up for ease of use.
Mudgee Muster, NSW
Every Easter long weekend the NSW town of Mudgee hosts a bike riding festival called the Mudgee Muster. It’s focused on non-competitive cyclists with different ride options, and other bike related festivities.
Dubbo Zoo, NSW
A great place to ride around on bike paths and roads. I took my own bike, but there are hire bikes available. It was pleasing to see that every bike available for hire was in use, a testament to their popularity.
Rottnest Island, WA
I’ve not been to Rottnest Island in Western Australia but I’m told it’s a great for cycling, and it has plenty of bikes available for hire.
Maria Island, Tasmania
Like Rottnest, Maria Island can been seen by bike at a leisurely pace, although there are some and hills and it’s a national park so you have to stick to the designated trails.
Magnetic Island, Queensland
I’ve not visited beautiful Magnetic Island which is just off the coast of Queensland near Townsville but I’m told it’s a great place to ride. You can hire bikes and even e-bikes, so I’m guessing there must be a few hills to tackle.
Clare Valley Riesling Trail, SA
Some friends of mine have ridden the Riesling Trail in South Australia’s Clare Valley and had a great time. They are keen road cyclists but were happy to swap their serious bikes for a more leisurely pace, plus you get to taste the great wines of that region.