So, it turns out there is such thing as a free meal. All you have to do to get it is to improve your health, save some sweet cash money and increase your general joy de vivre. What’s the catch?! No catch folks – this magic bullet is National Ride2Work Day on Wednesday 12th October.
It’s exactly as it sounds, the day “celebrates the benefits of riding to work and brings together the communities that support it.” (https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/programs/3025/). If you’re keen to get amongst it, check this link for everything you need to know (including the aforementioned free, post-ride breakfast).
Now, in celebration of bike paths and infrastructure we’ve done a mini round-up of our favourite bike tracks in Australia. No matter whether they’re through the heart of the city, bang out in the outback or mountain-biking along some treacherous cliff face, riding is for everyone. As we said, this is but the icing on the metallic/carbon/rubber cake, and we’re super keen to hear from you guys about the best spots to hit the road, commuting or other, by commenting and the end of this article. For now, here’s what we reckon:
What: Brisbane River Loop
Why: The river-side track coupled with the generally amazing sunny weather in Brissie (except for the humidity) just makes for such a pleasant ride. Start at South Bank with a visit to GoMA and then grab a bike from the bike share racks. Enjoy a cruisey, scenic trip across the bridge and along the river. Ditch the bike in the racks at Toowong and you’ll find yourself oh-so-conveniently located at the doorstep of the Regatta, one of Brissie’s grand old Victorian hotels. There are worse ways to while away an afternoon than with a cold drink over-looking the comings and goings on the river.
What: Lysterfield Park
Why: Because kangaroos! It will never not be a novelty to see a mob of kangaroos grazing peacefully upon the lush, grassy plains of this park. If cute wild animals aren’t your thang, it’s also incredibly scenic with a heap of different riding tracks (20km worth, actually) to suit different riders and abilities, including kid-friendly and commonwealth games level technical for the pro’s. There’s also a lake for watery fun, walking tracks and picnic areas. It’s basically the mountain bikers ‘from where you’d rather be’ postcard.
What: Karijini National Park
Why: This is one for the more serious rider. Although it can get crazy hot (don’t go in Summer, duh!) and you’ll need to cart a decent amount of food and water around with you, the scenery is next level. The colour in WA is something entirely different and brilliant – Eastern parts of Australia, lift yo’ game! Think vibrant wild flowers, bright red dirt, endless blue skies and turquoise gorges. Then think of cooling off in them waters after a long, hot day on the bike and retiring to your camp site, situated amongst your own, private slice of outback beauty. Just watch out for the dingoes!
What: Monster Park
Why: If off-road action is the peanut butter to your jam, maybe you’re already familiar with Monster BMX track. For the adrenaline junkies amongst us, bust those 20’s out – the park has a 306m long racing track complete with jumps, bends and all the other whiz-bang racing stuff. If you’re a street-riding freestyler, come here to tweak your tricks or get fully vert. The great thing about BMX is that there’s something for everyone no matter what age, ability or gender. Also, it totally has the cool factor so there’s that, too.
(Note: BMX lingo credit goes to Google – cheers!)
What: The East Coast
Why: Because why the heck not!? Let’s start with the incredible views that’ll smack you in the face as you come round a gentle curve on your bicycle. Tassie’s coastline is seriously stunning and you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to have a squiz. You can also ‘choose your adventure’ and make it as hard or as easy as you like, depending which section you cycle. Oh, and it’d be a crime not to mention the myriad of cheese and wine makers doing their thang in this part of the world – be sure to leave time for happy and tasty experimentation on the foodie front!