Spring is here! The days are getting longer, the mornings are getting lighter and the sun is finally making an appearance. With the warmer days ahead, there has never been a better time to jump on your bike and go for a long ride. Spring is the best time of the year for cyclists. The weather is the perfect temperature, not too hot, not too cold. The days are longer, meaning you can go for that long bike ride in the evening. The mornings are even brighter, so you can start your day off right and jump on the bike trails early.
Australia has some of the best bike paths in the world and it would be a shame to not take advantage of them during Spring. Here are some of the top bike paths in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane.
Merri Creek Trail - Melbourne
Boosting a 21 km one way distance, the Merri Creek Trail is the perfect bike path for those weekend warriors in inner city Melbourne. Ride from the Yarra River in Abbotsford all the way to the Western Ring Road. This bike trail with take you on a mostly flat ride through Brunswick, Coburg and all the way up to Fawkner if you are so inclined.
Encounter Bike Way - Adelaide
The Encounter bike way offers a pristine ride along the Fleurieu Peninsula coastline. This 31km one way ride, allows you to take in the scenery as you ride through the heritage towns of Goolwa, Port Elliot and Middletown. The Encounter bike way is a mostly flat bike ride making it accessible for the whole family!
Mason and Bird Heritage Trail - Perth
The Mason and Bird Heritage Trail might only be a 7km loop bike ride, but it boosts a lot of history. This bike trail follows the route of an 1870's tram way from Mason Mill to the Swan River. Pass the oldest wooden bridge in Australia, as well as one earliest mill sites in Perth. Definitely worth the 7km bike ride.
Regatta to Mount Coot-tha - Brisbane
Love a challenge? Ride from Regatta terminal to Mount Coot-tha; Brisbane's highest peak. Although not technically a mountain at 287 metres, Mount Coot-tha is a training favourite for cyclists. The ride climbs through natural bushland and finishes at Mount Coot-tha lookout which boosts a picturesque view of Brisbane City.
Narrabeen Lagoon - Sydney
The Narrabeen Lagoon bike trail is 8.4 km long and follows along the lagoon. Escape the Sydney CBD and get immersed in Australian wildlife. Common animals seen by cyclists on the trail are black swans, owls and bats. Definitely worth the 45 minute car ride out of the city.
This Spring has a lot to offer and so do Australia's bike trails, so get outside and start cycling!
Reid Cycles Team