There are a range of rides for people all abilities. They range from from a casual ride around the river for the whole family to more testing rides for the experienced cyclists.
SHEPHERDS BUSH PARK PLAYGROUND
At Shepherds Bush Park Playground in Kingsley north of Perth, you will find a track of winding mini roads complete with road signs, pedestrian crossings and a parking area for scooters and bikes. The track is built on mostly level ground so that younger kids can easily negotiate it on their chosen form of transport. There are virtually no blind spots, which helps the kids to avoid crashing into one another and there are direction arrows painted on the roads, as well as road signs. An added drawcard is the petrol pump that allows for some fun role-playing.
There is also a strip of rough terrain that allows for some exciting BMX/bike riding over mounds of earth and dirt tracks. Not only is there great bike tracks but a range of swing sets and fun playgrounds, as well as some logs dotted alongside the track to sit on, step on and climb on.
HOSSACK RESERVE PARKWOOD
At Hossack Reserve Parkwood in Parkwood south of Perth, you will find this awesome bike track fully layed out to simulate the road with signs and road markings. Other than a small playground there isn’t much more here, with no toilets and no water fountains.
This bike track is great to teach kids of all ages about the road rules, with full road markings so you can teach kids to keep left, there are also lots of give way and stop signs.
Bike riding is fun but with younger kids its hard to know how far they can ride – this is a great alternative for a family bike ride, you can get some exercise but not have to worry about riding too far.
ALBANY’S 10 GREAT RIDES
Albany’s weather is perfect year round for cycling. Plan a half day leisurely ride and refresh with a swim, picnic or lunch at a cafe or winery along the way. Or bring your road bike and enjoy a quiet ride on Albany’s scenic country roads. Amazing Albany’s 10 Great Rides guide takes you to some of Albany’s most breathtaking sites, including isolated unspoilt beaches, majestic harbours, rugged coastline, native bushland and nature reserves. Ranging from easy to difficult there is a route for everyone to discover.
The Munda Biddi Trail (which means path through the forest in the Nyoongar language) is a world-class, nature-based, off-road cycling experience.
Starting in Mundaring the trail meanders through scenic river valleys and the magnificent eucalypt forests of the State’s South West. It utilises a network of bush tracks, firebreaks and disused railway formations and has sections suitable for cyclists of all ages and experience levels. Situated a comfortable day’s ride apart are purpose-built Munda Biddi campsites with roomy camp huts and tent sites. There is now a Munda Biddi Shuttle Bus service which provides transport for riders and their bikes to access the Munda Biddi Trail between Mundaring (Perth) and Albany.
Click here to download the Munda Biddi Shuttle Bus brochure.
RAILWAY RESERVES HERITAGE TRAIL
Located within the picturesque Perth Hills in Western Australia, Railway Reserves Heritage Trail retraces 59 kilometres of the old Eastern Railway that formerly linked Fremantle to York in the late 1880s.
RIDES AROUND THE SWAN AND CANNING RIVERS
Department of Transport has put together an excellent brochure demonstrating the well known route around the Swan and Canning Rivers in Perth. It is roughly 50km circuit to ride the whole route, but the ride has been broken into twelve sections to cater for families or for those who want a shorter ride.
Click here to view the brochure.
The Kep Track is a multi use trail right on Perth’s doorstep and can be enjoyed by all through a range of access points and trail heads. Built mainly on rail reserve, the trail has a low gradient and compacted gravel surface. You can ride the whole path in a day but why not spend a few days enjoying the scenery as the trail winds through unspoiled forest, between the walls of railway cuttings and past historic settlements.
KWINANA FREEWAY BIKE PATH
The new smooth 68km bike path constructed next to the Perth to Kwinana freeway gives riders not only a great training ride, but good access to our southern suburbs.
KINGS PARK RIDING
Kings Park and the Swan River foreshore are two of Perth city’s most scenic areas to explore by bike. Shared paths for cyclists and pedestrians surround the Swan River with flat terrain in most places. Kings Park is reasonably flat except for the steep entrances into Kings Park from Malcolm Street, Mount Street and Poole Avenue. Explore 400 hectares of Perth’s most famous parkland through quiet roads and designated shared paths. From the monument sites to the city lookout spots, beautiful gardens, nature trails, playgrounds and cafés, local art sculptures and war memorial sites. The perfect place to take in all the wildflowers, trees and birdlife by bicycle.
Click here to download the Great Rides around Perth and Kings Park brochure
SWAN VALLEY HERITAGE TRAIL
The Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail is a series of signs that interpret the rich history, interesting characters and natural elements so you can appreciate the unique and special place that is the Swan Valley.
The trail compromises three routes, 4km, 30km and 32km and follows West Swan Road on a shared-use path that is suitable for riders of all ages and fitness levels. It has three entry points – Guildford, Maali Footbridge and West Swan Hall.
The trail passes many interesting places including fresh produce stalls, picnic spots, galleries, wineries and restaurants to name a few so you will find many opportunities to stop, relax and enjoy an abundance of experiences.
Click here to view the Cycle Trail Brochure
Take a day trip, or enjoy a longer break on the island where riding your bike is the only way to travel. Rottnest is 11km in length and 4.5 kms at its widest point. There are many bike routes that range from 4km – 22km, such as riding out to the Oliver Hill Guns or the Wadjemup Hill lighthouse. Rottnest is made up of hilly sand dunes, so bike riding can be hard work at times but is very rewarding when you explore all the beautiful beaches outside the settlement areas. There is a huge range of bikes for hire with helmets and locks provided.
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COTTESLOE TO YANCHEP
A favourite of many Bicycling Western Australia members, the Cottesloe to Yanchep ride is a 150km ride that takes you along the coast. Much of the ride can be enjoyed on new roads.
MARGARET RIVER CYCLE TOURS
The south-west region boasts rich jarrah forests, pristine coastlines, an abundance of wineries, superb dining experiences, tourist attractions, activities and heritage. It’s winding and undulating roads are amongst the most scenic in WA. There are a variety of trails to choose from that range 10km – 15km. Some include, Margaret River to Prevelly and on to Gnarabup Beach, and the Margaret River Trail from Carter’s Road to Cowaramup. You’ll most likely see kangaroos in pastures as you leave Margaret River, and pass through some pretty forested areas before coming in view of Margaret River (the river itself) and the ocean.
Click here to view the Margaret River Walk and Cycle Trails Map