If adventure travel is the name of your game, there’s no better way to see Oz’s incredible sights and scenery than a tour on two wheels. If you love the sound of the wind blowing in your hair as you zip down coastal paths or you can’t wait to embrace the peace and tranquillity of the outback, here are some top cycling trips to take on when you’re Down Under.
The Great Ocean Road
This is a perennial award winner when it comes to road trips, but there’s nothing to say that it can’t be as good, if not better, on two wheels rather than four. This incredible route takes you on a meandering tour of the dramatic coastal scenery on offer in beautiful Victoria. You’ll see something around every corner, but there are a handful of highlights you’ll need to make extra time for.
The Twelve Apostles is perhaps the most famous landmark, and it deserves its reputation. The domineering stone stacks rising majestically from the water are the perfect backdrop for a well-earned rest and some souvenir holiday photos. Visit at dusk to enjoy the haunting beauty of the scene in peace and avoid the crowds. Along the way, you’ll also come across London Arch, the Grotto, Gibson Steps and Loch Ard Gorge. This is a tricky cycle path, so give yourself plenty of time. There are some beautiful towns and villages to rest weary legs, and it’s well worth trying to complete the journey over four or five days.
If thrills and spills are your cup of tea, make for Mount Buller. In the winter months, the snow may put pay to your active intentions, but when the spring arrives, the clear skies unveil some of Oz’s finest mountain biking routes. Here, you can speed around, take on jumps, and enjoy the views all at the same time. If you’re keen to get the adrenaline pumping, this is the choice for you.
If a more sedate day of cycling is more appealing, there are few better places to be than Perth’s wonderful Rottnest Island. The majority of the land is flat, and you can amble around at your leisure, taking in the ocean views, and enjoying the warmth of the sun on your skin. The roads are closed to cars, so you don’t have to worry about traffic, and there’s an incredible array of beaches to choose from when you fancy resting your legs and soaking up the rays.