Kid friendly cycling holidays

Cycling is not only a great way to stay active but it’s also a really fun activity the whole family can do together.  Whether it’s a short ride, or a trek with overnight stays, there are plenty of family friendly options across Australia. Pack plenty of water and healthy snacks and explore some of our favourites:  


Brisbane River: Ride past landmarks; Kangaroo Point Cliffs, South Bank, and New Farm Park. It’s a 20km track, but if you can always cheat and catch the city cat (ferry) home. 

Noosa River Ride: Enjoy the vast network of family friendly cycling paths in Noosa stretching from the national park, along the river to Noosa Heads.  

New South Wales

Sydney (Olympic Park): Explore the 35 kilometres of smooth, wide cycle paths which are perfect for young riders. 

Thirroul to Kiama: Explore the stunning NSW south coast on this easy three day ride. Stop to rest at beautiful beaches, playgrounds, cafes and bushland. Do it yourself or take a self guided tour.


Melbourne’s Bay Trail: Cycle along the 69 kilometre bike track that winds around Port Phillip Bay from Geelong to Carrum. The stretch between Elwood and St Kilda is popular and best avoided on weekends.  

Gippsland Rail Trails: Explore the network of disused train lines through Gippsland. Ride through bush, rainforest, valleys and vineyards.  Do a day trip, or enjoy a cycling trek, staying at some of enchanting towns along the way.


Pipeline Track, Mt Wellington: Start at Ferntree and ride along the pretty 12 kilometre track to the Wellington Fall weir. Thanks to a gradual climb up, it’s an easy ride back.

Risdon Brook Park Circuit: A short drive from the CBD is this easy 4km circuit. The wide, mostly flat track is perfect for those with young children.  
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South Australia

Tour Down Under:  South Australia will once again welcome some of the best cyclists from around the world to the Santos Tour Down Under from 16-24 January 2016. The nine day cycling festival offers an array of activity for cyclists of all fitness levels and spectators too. Why not register for the Bupa Challenge Tour and take on part of the UCI world track before the professional. Kids can also be part of the action by signing up for the Bupa Mini Kids Tour.

Clare Valley Riesling Trail & Rattler Trail: This 35 km off-road track is a couple of hours drive from Adelaide. Break it up into smaller trips, or stay at some of the family friendly hotels along the way.

Western Australia

Swan River: This east 10km ride on flat paths enjoys beautiful views of the city and river. There bike hire facilities in the CBD.

Rottnest Island: An ideal family cycling holiday. It’s closed to cars and the tracks are mostly flat. Explore the many beaches, bays and lookouts. You can hire bikes on the island or take your own on the ferry.

Northern Territory

Mindil Beach to East Point: Enjoy this easy 6km ride (12km return) past the famous Fannie Bay to the beautiful recreation reserve at East Point.

Fannie Bay to Nightcliff: This is a 5km ride (10km return) but can easily be extended to explore the colourful cliffs of the Nighcliff foreshore.  It’s a nice spot to stop for lunch, or breakfast.
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