Cycle Touring in Australia


Cycle Touring in Australia
Australia is one of the largest and most sparsely populated countries on earth. As such the tyranny of distance moulds the cycle tourism industry. However there is also huge variety and if you focus on particular areas you can have many different experiences - or cross the continent and do it all!

The best bike tour is the one that ticks most if not all the boxes for you - focus in on exactly what you want from a tour or just narrow your selection a bit and have a browse.

Australia is one of the largest and most sparsely populated countries on earth. As such the tyranny of distance moulds the cycle tourism industry. However there is also huge variety and if you focus on particular areas you can have many different experiences - or cross the continent and do it all!

Visit world-renowned attractions like the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Ocean Road, the Sydney Opera House or some of the best wine regions in the world.

The climate varies from tropical (wet and dry seasons only) to Alpine and temperate (four distinct seasons - sometimes in one day!) and desert (dry and arid). Remember Australia is in the southern hemisphere so January is the height of summer! 

Although wearing helmets is always recommended for touring, Australia is one of few countries where they are mandatory (at all times) - even for a short spin around the block or riding off-road bike paths. Other cycle rules vary from state to state but your tour operator will have the most relevant information for you.

Victoria
Probably the best, certainly the most popular, state for cycle tour, Victoria is relatively compact - but still almost as large as the entire United Kingdom! The state government has also been the most proactive in Australia in converting old railway lines to thriving regional rail trails that make for excellent touring.

Melbourne is by far the biggest city and is good for cycling, being flat and using a grid street system.There is also a bicycle share scheme in operation if you want to DIY.
Elsewhere are several mountain ranges for the climbers, coastal and river routes for those after water views, and great wineries and gourmet regions for just about everyone - and they all offer fabulous scenery.

New South Wales
Despite being the most populous state cycling infrastructure is low on the state's priority list. However there are several good tour operators that have selected really good routes, both in Sydney and across the state.
City tours in Sydney are popular, and why wouldn't they be with the magnificent setting of the harbour, Opera House and the Bridge. The city is also becoming slowly more accepting of cyclists.
There are beautiful areas to ride up and down the coast such as the Illawarra and Byron Beach. Wine regions around Mudgee and the Hunter Valley are also well worth a visit, as are places further west - although distance and remoteness makes touring more challenging.

Queensland
A larger state, Queensland even less infrastructure than New South Wales - certainly outside Brisbane. Popular regions such as Noosa and the Gold Coast offer some good bike tour options.
Much further north Cairns and the hinterland are quite popular - particularly for mountain biking.

South Australia
The story is much better with the whole cycling world being focused here in January. One of the world's biggest cycling events outside Europe, the Tour Down Under, calls Adelaide home and has spawned a whole industry around it, including tours.
Some of Australia's best wine regions also attract many cyclists - the Barossa and Clare Valleys, the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. More challenging tours are available further north in the Flinders Ranges, Mount Lofty and along the Oodnadatta track.

Tasmania
About the same size as Ireland or Switzerland, it is compact in Australian terms but with a low population. However with dramatic scenery, magnificent mountains and national parks, beautiful beaches and wilderness, Tasmania rivals almost any location in the world.
Cyclists who love the great outdoors and having it to themselves will feel at home here.

Western Australia
Most tours are based around the southwest of the state, with the Margaret River wine region in particular being popular. You can increasingly do tours along all or part of the Munda Biddi Trail, which was only completed in 2013.
Outside this southwest pocket of Western Australia (albeit a very large pocket) riding a bike is almost unheard of due to enormous distances, vast deserts and few if any facilities.

Northern Territory
Best suited to the most adventurous, several epic tours across Australia visit various parts of the territory. The capital, Darwin, is quite small but is fairly bicycle friendly. Top tourism areas include Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks as well as the Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs areas - but of course the best known is Uluru (formerly known as Ayer's Rock).
 


Check out below some of the awesome bike  tours available from dozens of operators.

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Brisbane Valley Rail Trail + Scenic Rim Hike

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6 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
90 Km
avg 45 Km
Guided

Whilst in the region,  we take the opportunity to hike the Scenic Rim trek graded as one of the Great Walks of Australia.  Fully guided throughout, 5 nights luxury accommodation, gourmet meals, bikes, all transport and incredible memorie ...

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Tour de NSW South Coast

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4 Day(s)
Easy
70 Km
avg 23 Km
Self-guided

The New South Wales south coast is famous for raw, uncrowded beaches, whale watching and quaint country towns.  Explore this coastal gem using the scenic cycling paths that follow the coastline, whilst having all the logistics looked after for y ...

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Hunter Valley Explorer

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4 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
51 Km
avg 26 Km
Self-guided

The Hunter Valley is where wine-making started in Australia and remains one of the most important wine producing areas in the country. It is also a fantastic area to explore at handle bar level. In 1832, armed with 20,000 cuttings from Spain and F ...

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Hunter Valley Deluxe Cycle Explorer

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4 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
60 Km
avg 30 Km
Self-guided

The Hunter Valley is where wine-making started in Australia and remains one of the most important wine producing areas in the country. It is also a fantastic area to explore at handle bar level. In 1832, armed with 20,000 cuttings from Spain and F ...

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Hunter Valley Deluxe Short Break

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3 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
26 Km
Self-guided

The Hunter Valley is where wine-making started in Australia. In 1832, armed with 20,000 cuttings from Spain and France, James Busby established the first vineyards in Australia. This is a perfect area to be explored during an extended weekend or s ...

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Great Victorian Rail Trail Cycle

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4 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
155 Km
avg 39 Km
Self-guided

The Great Victoria Rail Trail is Australia’s longest rail trail passing through charming towns and diverse countryside. The dedicated cycle way meanders next to the heritage classified Goulburn River, crossing Lake Eildon before entering the ...

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Tasmania East Coast Cycle

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
326 Km
avg 54 Km
Self-guided

Tasmania's East Coast offers access to some of the best experiences on offer on the island state and for experienced cyclists there are few better ways to take in all the highlights than by travelling by bike at your own pace on this well craf ...

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Murray to the Mountains Downhill Edition

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5 Day(s)
Easy
107 Km
avg 36 Km
Self-guided

This edition of the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail cycle uses gravity to your advantage. The major hills are avoided, so you can focus on taking in the beautiful scenery and enjoying the local produce and wines. This program along sections of ...

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Sea to Kosciuszko

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8 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
319 Km
avg 53 Km
Self-guided

Cycle from the sea to the flanks of the highest point in Australia on this exciting cycle journey that takes you from the seaside town of Tathra to Koscuiszko National Park. While there are some steep and sustained sections during the route, you&# ...

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Murray to the Mountains Classic Cycle

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5 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
117 Km
avg 39 Km
Self-guided

Enjoy the best of Victoria's beautiful North East region by cycling along the world class Victoria Rail Trail, from the Murray River to the foot of the mountains. With historic wineries, local produce stores, renowned restaurants and classic p ...

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Kiama to Huskisson Cycle

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4 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
97 Km
avg 32 Km
Self-guided

The NSW South Coast is the perfect destination to explore by cycling. With breathtaking beaches, excellent food and wine, stunning natural scenery and plenty of charming towns to explore. This short trip packs in many of these highlights. Starting ...

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Thirroul to Huskisson Cycle

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6 Day(s)
Moderate
203 Km
avg 41 Km
Self-guided

The NSW South Coast is the perfect destination to explore by bike. With breathtaking beaches, excellent food and wine, stunning natural scenery and plenty of charming towns to explore. On this six day adventure you can soak up all the delights of ...

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Ben Lomond Mountain Bike Descent

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1 Day(s)
Easy
Guided

In the north east of Tasmania stands a proud dolerite peak, Ben Lomond. With its ski-field at the summit it is already an adventure playground however the road to the summit is what gets mountain bikers very excited. The road, known as Jacob's ...

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Munda Biddi Cycling Adventure

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6 Day(s)
Moderate
208 Km
avg 35 Km
Guided

The Munda Biddi Trail, meaning "path through the forest" in the local indigenous language, is a world class cycling trail in southern Western Australia. The trail weaves its way from Albany to Mundaring just outside Perth, traversing a w ...

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Hunter Valley Short Break

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3 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
30 Km
Self-guided

The Hunter Valley is where wine-making started in Australia. In 1832, armed with 20,000 cuttings from Spain and France, James Busby established the first vineyards in Australia. This is a perfect area to be explored during an extended weekend or s ...

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Cycle, Kayak and Walk Tasmania

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6 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
107 Km
avg 36 Km
Guided

Selected as one of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s ’50 Tours of a Lifetime’ this complete active adventure traverses all the must-see highlights of Tasmania’s spectacular East Coast. With a combination of vehicle su ...

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Mudgee Explorer

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5 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
76 Km
avg 25 Km
Self-guided

What better way to enjoy the wines, food and countryside of Mudgee, than by bike. On this self guided cycle you are free to set your own pace, with time to enjoy a long lunch, sample local cheeses or stop for a wine tasting en route. The choice is ...

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Bike Bellarine Overnighter

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2 Day(s)
Various levels
Self-guided

A self guided tour where you and a friend can see local wineries, enjoy a two course dinner with wine at a local restaurant then relax in your boutique accommodation in the heart of Queenscliff with late check out and a la carte breakfast.

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Bike Bellarine Two nighter

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3 Day(s)
Self-guided

Stay a couple of nights and ride your bike exploring the Bellarine Peninsula. A self guided tour where you and a friend can see local wineries, enjoy a two course dinner with wine at a local restaurant then relax in your boutique accommodation in ...

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Adelaide Bike Tours

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7 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate|Moderate
Guided

Australian Cycling Holidays explore the unique countryside of South Australia with this unforgettable Adelaide bike tour experience. Adelaide is the ideal environment to enjoy the very best cycling in Australia and at the same time relax and unwin ...

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