After countless hours in your car or motorhome travelling from one place to the next, it feels good to get outside and stretch your legs for a bit. But walking can only take you so far. If you’re time pressed or just want to get a little more exercise time in, cycling is one of the best ways to explore a new town or city. With that in mind, we’ve compiled our favourite spots to explore by bike.
1. Alpine High Country – VIC
The Alpine High Country is a fantastic cycling destination. Home to a wealth of sealed and flat cycling trails, such as the Bright to Porepunkah trail (10km return), and medium distance rides such as Bright to Harrietville (50km return), it’s a region of rolling hills, cool climate vineyards, picturesque farmland and magnificent views.
2. Capital Country – ACT
With Canberra as your base, cycling is one of the best ways to experience the Capital Country. In the city itself, you can cycle around Lake Burley Griffin, stopping at the many cafes and museums along its shores, or take things further afield by visiting The Poacher’s Way, a winding trail of restaurants, wineries and galleries.
3. Hobart – TAS
Historic buildings, a thriving café scene, and staggeringly beautiful waterfront are just a few of the great reasons to visit Hobart, and when you add a bicycle into the mix, things really get interesting. With scenic waterways, rugged cycling trails, and gourmet experiences galore, Hobart is a city worth taking a little time to explore.
4. Beechworth – VIC
The Gold Rush town of Beechworth is one of Victoria’s most popular regional destinations, and the reason for that is apparent as soon as you arrive – it’s stunning. The grand architecture and leafy avenues are well worth writing home about, as is the wonderful Beechworth Rail Trail – suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
5. Hunter Valley – NSW
Rolling green hills, lush vineyards, award-winning cellar doors, beautiful gardens, eclectic art galleries… need we go on? If you’ve not yet been to the Hunter Valley, you need to load up the car, hitch the caravan behind it, and set off on the open road quick smart. You really haven’t lived until you’ve done a wine tasting tour by bike.