Sydney Olympic Park is a seriously great place to ride your bike. The 35km of cycling pathways (perfect for the whole family, BMXers, and racing and training cyclists) take you through spectacular parklands. You can also pass Olympic icons, shipwrecks, wildlife, art and more along the way. And if you don’t own a bike, simply hire one!
There is something very freeing about shooting the breeze on a pushbike. And when you can do it in the safe and picturesque environment of Sydney Olympic Park with your family or friends, it becomes the ideal weekend or school holiday activity.
What’s more, these pathways also cater for racing cyclists, so if cycling is your sport of choice, there are special lanes you can ride and train on.
Anyone aged 5 years or more (7+ years for the River Heritage Circuit) can choose from three safe Bike Safari Circuits (see below), depending on their riding ability and what fun things they would like to see. There is also the Children’s Loop located in Bicentennial Park.
- Olympic Circuit, 7.7km (50 mins) – Starting at Olympic Park Station, take a journey past state-of-the-art Olympic icons. Marvel at the breathtaking architecture of former Olympic venues, view the Olympic Cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park in Cathy Freeman Park, and check out the Games Memories installation – a tribute to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Cap off your cycle at one of the many eateries. Moderate difficulty (flat with optional climbs).
- Parklands Circuit, 5.5km (60 mins) – A must-see for nature lovers, this circuit begins in the tranquil atmosphere of Bicentennial Park. Ride around the edge of picturesque Lake Belvedere and take advantage of fabulous barbecue, picnic facilities and kids learn-to-ride loops. The trail continues to the Badu Mangroves boardwalk showcasing this amazing marine ecosystem. Ride on to the Bird Hide and Waterbird Refuge – a highlight for bird lovers – and look out for the historic shipwrecks which now rest in the bay. Low difficulty (flat terrain).
- River Heritage Circuit, 11.1km (70 mins) – Meandering along the scenic Parramatta River, this circuit takes in the naval heritage precinct Newington Armory and neighbouring woodlands. The trail continues through wetlands, home to frog and bird habitats, passing by the green community of Newington and the former athletes village of the Sydney 2000 Games. To finish on a high, rise to the challenge and climb one of the wonderful vantage points. Follow the gentle rise to the top of Wool-la-ra or ride up the spiral trail of the Haslam’s Creek Marker. With panoramic views of the entire Park and city skyline, this ride is well worth the effort! Moderate difficulty (flat with optional climbs).
You can bring your own bike to enjoy the paths, or hire a bike (from $10) seven days a week – call (02) 9746 1572 or visit the website for more info.
FOR RACING & OFF-ROAD ENTHUSIASTS
A network of quality on-road cycle lanes for race training, means cyclists can travel on smooth roads with low traffic (outside event times). All of the cycle lanes are well marked and signposted to Australian Standards.
Those who prefer a little more of an adventurous ride can tackle the Monster BMX and Monster Mountain X bike tracks, where they can perfect their downhill dirt skills. You’ll find these tracks between the Archery Centre and P5 Car Park on Hill Road.
TIPS FOR RIDING SAFELY
When you’re riding on paths that have other cyclists and walkers, you need to be aware of a few things so that everyone stays safe. Here is what Sydney Olympic Park recommends.
- Pathways are there to share but pedestrians always have right of way
- No faster than 20km per hour for cyclists on shared pathways
- Keep to the left so others can pass safely
- Use your bell to announce your presence, especially when approaching from behind
- Look both ways when crossing roads. Practise your traffic safety skills
- It’s the law to always wear a helmet
- Stay on marked pathways. Don’t cycle on gravel paths in Narawang Wetlands or on timber boardwalks
- Help keep frogs, turtles and other wildlife safe by shutting all exclusion gates behind you
- Respect your Park by leaving the plants and wildlife undisturbed for everyone to enjoy
Tell us, have you ridden the bike paths at Sydney Olympic Park? Let us know your thoughts about them in the comments section below.