For numerous Australians, thoughts of cycling trips conjure up only foreign images – French vineyards, Tuscan hills, Cuban beaches – however there are roadways and routes in Australia that are simply as enticing.Though the large distances of the open Australian highway may not appeal, there are many bike-friendly choices that beckon right across the country. Here’s our pick of the very best biking trips.High Country Brewery Path 3 ingredients for a fantastic
biking journey: a mountain bike
, the routes of< a href= "http://www.traveller.com.au/bikes-bumps-and-brews-2710z" > Victoria’s High Nation and a handful of craft breweries.In a line from Glenrowan to Mt Charm, 4 local makers have combined to produce a booklet detailing each of their preferred mtb rides, ranging from a picturesque roll through the Warby Range, to a whirl around the Beechworth Mountain Bike Park, to a mild spin along the river in Bright. A beer awaits at the end of every trip, of course.Traveller Newsletter Get the latest news and updates emailed
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Great Ocean Road
If it’s excellent in an automobile, it’s brilliant on a bike. Australia’s the majority of notoriously picturesque roadway is a winding ribbon of cycling pleasure (ok, the Otway Range climb harms a bit), with all of its hallmark scenes – the cliffs, beaches, ocean stacks and jungle – rolling by at a more personal and intimate pace.Begin in Torquay and trip west so that the only thing in between you and the coast is the guard rail.It’s about a 250-kilometre ride from Torquay to Warrnambool, so allow four or five days to truly delight in the journey, and prevent riding during peak holiday times when the roadway can be a snarl of vehicles. www.visitgreatoceanroad.org. au Mt Buller When the snow melts from
‘s slopes, the mountain transforms into one of Australia’s finest mountain-biking areas. And it’s about to get even better. Buller’s latest trail, the Australian Alpine Legendary, which formally opens in December, has already been named by the International Mountain Cycling Association as one of the world’s’ legendary ‘mountain bicycle trips -the just one on the list beyond North America.The Alpine Epic is a 40-kilometre cross-country flight- rather long by mtb standards- and heads through the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling resorts. www.mtbuller.com. au Rottnest Island If you might custom style a biking location, it would appear like Rottnest Island. Perth’s vacation island is primarily flat, it can be cycled around
in a couple of hours, and
every bend seems to declare a brand-new beach -more than 60 in total.Fortunately, someone realised this a very long time ago and Rotto’s roads are closed to automobiles( other than the island’s buses), turning them into a personal kingdom for cyclists.Bikes can be hired on the island or from ferryboat operators -some bikes are even fitted with surfboard racks -and there are bike racks behind numerous beaches. If one beach looks crowded, merely pedal on to the next. www.rottnestisland.com Murray to Mountains Rail
Trail Australia’s premier rail trail is as much a reason to consume as it is to ride. As soon as simply a direct cycle trip from Wangaratta to Bright in north-eastern Victoria, it’s now stitched with tracks branching away to the likes of Beechworth and the Milawa Gourmet Region.Whichever way you turn there’s an abundance of gourmet fruit and vegetables and wine to
fuel the cycling.The direct trip from Wangaratta to Bright
is around 90 kilometres in length, but you can turn it into a holiday, not simply a bike trip, with overnight drop in the likes of Beechworth and Myrtleford. Calories will never have actually meant so little bit. www.murraytomountains.com.au Maria Island If you think the occasional bus on Rottnest is still excessive traffic, head to Tasmania’s Maria Island, where traffic basically consists of wandering wombats, Cape Barren geese and kangaroos.The island is totally national park and its large tracks are open to walkers and cyclists. You can cruise around the found guilty and industrial antiques at Darlington, take a short ride to the patterned sandstone of the Painted Cliffs, or invest a day pedalling to the isthmus that binds the island together.The island ferryboat
from Triabunna carries bikes, but bring all food with you as there are no shops on the island.A mountain bicycle is best- the biking is simple however all tracks are unsealed.< a href=" http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/indeX.aspX?base=7592" > www.parks.tas.gov.au/indeX.aspX?base=7592!.?.!Magnetic Island It’s no mishap
that a 3rd island must make this list. Workable in size and sparse of traffic, islands call to bicyclists, and Queensland’s Magnetic Island is the sun applicant’s option of velodrome.Ferries dock at Picnic Bay and it’s simply a 10-kilometre pedal throughout the island to lovely Horseshoe Bay. Establish base here and you can radiate out by bike to the national forest beaches at Balding Bay and Florence Bay.Roads across the island’s interior are hilly and narrow, so caution and a little fitness are required.
www.magnetic-island.com.au Munda Biddi Trail Take a 1000-kilometre trip from simply beyond Perth to Albany while hardly touching a road. The newly finished Munda Biddi Trail parallels
the course of the bushwalkers
‘ Bibbulmun Track, and is less a technical difficulty than an enticing off-road cycle tour.Campsites, which include bike storage and sleeping shelters, are no more than 50 kilometres apart, and the trail takes in the huge forests around Pemberton and Walpole as well as the wild shoreline from Denmark to Albany.Ride the entire lot in about three weeks, or just cycle an area- the trail regularly travels through towns. www.mundabiddi.org.au Mawson Path Like the Munda Biddi Path, South Australia’s Mawson Path follows a comparable course to one of Australia’s longest bushwalks, the Heysen Trail.Beginning in Adelaide,
the Mawson Trail
winds north for 800 kilometres into the incredible Flinders Ranges. Along the method it takes in the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa Valley and the Mid North country around Melrose and Quorn.It’s a devoting flight- the most challenging in this list- and most of the path is off-road, so a mountain bicycle is a necessity.Timing is likewise crucial- in summer, heat and availability of water are concerns, while in winter season the clay soils in the southern section can end up being a cycling mire. Go for a spring ride.< a href= "http://www.southaustraliantrails.com/top_trails.asp?mawson "> www.southaustraliantrails.com/top_trails.asp?mawson!.?.!Tasmanian East Coast Probably the country’s finest multi-day cycle tour. Begin in Launceston and turn east, pedalling through the hills to the coast at St Helens.Heading south from here, the ride rotates between beautiful beaches and still-more-beautiful beaches, prior to turning inland to Hobart over the encouragingly called Bust-Me-Gall Hill and Break-Me-Neck Hill.Along the method, detour into Freycinet Peninsula, or up to Elephant Pass if you require another climb and the benefit of a pancake. If you truly like hills, you can constantly continue around Tasmania’s wild west coast to complete the complete island circuit.Allow about a week to cycle the east coast, and another 10 days if you tack on the west coast. www.discovertasmania.com. au