5 Top Australia Cycling Trips For Families
You gotta love cycling trips in Australia, with the country’s warm weather and wide open spaces! Are you looking for your next trip with your family? Here are five of the best multi-day cycle trails in the world, all conveniently located in Australia.
1. High Country Brewery Trail
What are three ingredients for an awesome cycling expedition? A sturdy mountain bike, the trails of Victoria’s High Country and breweries.
Several trails follow the line from Glenrowan to Mt Beauty. Four local breweries came together to create a booklet that details several mountain bike rides, from the scenic roll through the Warby Range. Take trip around the Beechworth Mountain Bike Park, orspin along the river in Bright. Of course, you can enjoy a beer with every ride.
Best for: Parents looking to bond with their college kids.
2. Great Ocean Road
Riding a car feels great, but riding on a bike offers a nose full of fresh salt air! The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most famous cycling routes, with all of its trademark coastal sites: beaches, cliffs, rainforest and ocean stacks. The trail will make you feel one with nature.
Start in Torquay and continue west, so that the only thing between you and the coastline is the guardrail itself. It spans about 250 kilometers, so allow at least four or five days to make the most out of the journey.
Best for: Parents of beach-loving teens who can handle road biking.
3. Mount. Buller
Melting snow from Mt. Buller’s slope means the annual opening up of one of Australia’s best mountain-biking destination. And it’s gotten even better. Buller’s newly opened Australian Alpine Epic Trail has been named by the International Mountain Biking Association as one of the world’s most epic bike trails, really! It’s the sole destination listed outside of North America.
This trail spans a 40-kilometer cross-country ride. It’s quite a long trail by mountain bike standards, but totally worth it! The trail heads through the Mt. Buller and Mt. Stirling resorts.
Best for: Tweens on their first real biking vacation. And families looking for a short ride or more leisurely trail.
4. Murray to Mountains Rail Trail
If you fancy food and bike riding the same way, then this trail is your best bet. Once just a cycle trip from Wangaratta to Bright in Northeastern Victoria, this trail is now stitched with trails branching to Beechworth and Milawa Gourmet Region. Local gourmet shops, cheesemakers and bakeries provide goodies for scenic picnics. Breweries, wineries and cafés provide tempting stops.
Best For: Parents whose kids like food as much as they do.
5. Rottnest Island
Don’t let the name fool you. This island is flat, allowing you to cycle around for extended hours, and every bend has a new beach around it. More than 60 ring the island.
Evan better, with Rotto’s roads closed to vehicles except for the island’s buses, you can expect a haven for cyclists. Bicycles can be rented on the island if you don’t travel with your own.
Best For: Parents looking for safe place to bike with toddlers on back on or with school-age kids on their own bikes, and plenty of places to take a break and play.
That’s it. For a unique way to see Australia try some of the best bike rides in the world. Have fun!