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From local trundles to epic international adventures, we’re always on the look out for exciting new riding experiences to share. If you know somewhere great to ride, let us know by posting a comment below.


World’s top 50 riding experiences

From the Alaskan tundra to the precipitous tip of Africa, we scoured the globe for the top fifty riding experiences for keen riders of all persuasions.

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Australia’s top 50 bike riding experiences

From the tropical beaches of far north Queensland to the arid Nullarbor Plain, we searched the nation to discover the best bike experiences Australia has to offer.

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Mountain Bike - Victoria's High Country

Breweries by mountain bike

Jon Miller jumped at the chance to ride Victoria’s High Country Brewery Trail and sample some of the liquid gold being concocted in the region.

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Destination Hobart

Whether it’s Artbikes, mountain bikes or road bikes you’re into, Hobart has rides for you, finds Simon Vincett.

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On Track Images Mountain Biking

Dirt curious

The local mountain bike park is the ideal place to try out your off-road skills. Simon Vincett points you in the right direction.

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Escape the city

Anyone can escape the city by bike with these easy, simple-to-navigate routes.

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Family riding parks

Getting out riding is good for all the family. Simon Vincett suggests six great capital city parks that are perfect for all age groups.

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Festivals by bike

Ride to Australia’s bike-friendliest festivals for preferential treatment on arrival. Simon Vincett suggests six around the country.

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Go with the flow

Western Australia’s Kep Trail is rich in history, mapping the watering holes that served generations of early Australians, and makes for a relaxing weekend ride, discovers Debra Mayrhofer.

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Great Victorian Rail Trail

Showered with unprecedented federal funding, the Great Victorian Rail Trail is worth every cent, finds Jon Miller.

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High Country Rail Trail

The Sandy Creek Bridge brings a new lease of life to Victoria’s High Country Rail Trail, finds Jon Miller.

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Island hopping on two wheels

Arlen Keen goes island hopping on Japan’s Shimanami Kaido bike route.

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Main Yarra Trail

Jon Miller takes a riverside cruise along Melbourne’s most iconic trail.

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Nullarbor wandering

Riding solo across the Nullarbor is not everyone’s idea of fun, but as Lisa Dempster discovers, the adventure is worth it.

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O-Shikoku on a bike

For a holiday with a difference, Tony Gibb made a traditional Japanese pilgrimage, the O-Shikoku, by bike.

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Ride to the game

Forget the pre-game traffic jams, costly parking and over-crowded public transport – go by bike. Jessica Cornelius has the details.

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Roll among the vines

Margot McGovern discovers three fantastic rides in beautiful wine regions.

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Sights from the saddle

The must-do bike rides in six Australian cities, by Matthew Hurst.

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Spirited away

Glorious scenery, fine local food and the convenience of the Spirit makes Devonport a great base for exploring the enticing north of Tasmania, finds Jon Miller.

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To market, to market

Work up a healthy appetite with a ride to a market, then load up with food. Simon Vincett digs up some fresh and tasty capital city options.

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Two Gippsland gems

Rich in rail trails, Gippsland has some shorter options that are often overlooked but well worth a visit.Jon Miller has some route suggestions.

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Two wheels to the tip

Rainforest, sand, mud and crocs—what could be a better bike adventure than the trek to Cape York.Jon Miller rode 1,600km and made it back to tell the tale.

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Where the wind takes him

By bicycle, sailboat and paraglider around the world: Simon Vincett talks with a French man who has made his boyhood dream a reality.

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Wine country by bike

Cycle and sample six wine regions with these rides compiled by Simon Vincett.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew permalink
    12 December, 2012 4:56 pm

    We are such a lucky country with such a diverse range of riding environments.

    Whilst the top end of Cape York is more known for its 4WDing, the OTT (Overland Telegraph Track) which follows the old telegraph line has some of the best riding I have enjoyed. I clock up many thousands of KMs a year on both the road and mountain bikes and the track around the Twin falls and the Jardine River are amazing. Heading out solo at sunrise in such a pristine and yet harsh environment, through crystal clear rivers and ever changing scenery is one ride I will never forget.


  2. Pete permalink
    13 December, 2012 10:06 am

    There are some exceptional touring roads that are a delight to ride along in Victoria. One such road is the Freestone Creek Rd between Briagalong and Castleburn (near Dargo). A grand tour can be done – beginning from Sale off the train, via Stratford, Briagalong, Blue Pools (campsite), Castleburn to Dargo (camp or room in the pub) then return along the Dargo main road to Mitchell River National Park (camp at Echo Bend Caravan Park), Glenaladale, Stockdale, Stratford and back to Sale. It is an achievable four day ride (70-80kms per day) but a rest/siteseeing day around Dargo/Wonangatta and at the Mitchell River NP would be worthwhile.

  3. Keith Wade permalink
    13 December, 2012 6:15 pm

    Another really great and little known route in Victoria is the Mansfield to Whitfield road which makes a good days ride out and back of about 140km. There’s a good climb from Mansfield up to Tolmie that is not too difficult and a descent into Whitfield at the other end. The scenery along the top of the plateau in between is magnificent with lots of bushranger history along the way (one famous lookout makes the slight diversion very worthwhile). Added to that there is wonderful food and wine to be had at Whitfield. The road surface is excellent and the traffic light most of the time. Couldn’t ask for more.

  4. Dorothy Darling permalink
    17 December, 2012 4:09 pm

    Along with 3 friends I did the Tallorook to Mansfield ride last week over five days..The first two days were hot and windy,and left some of us exhausted,the next day perfect cycling weather,riding into Mansfield. Sat rain and thunder, saw two taking a vehicle to Yark,others rode, arriving cover in black mud.
    The final day back to Tallarook,perfect weather.
    Great scenery,plenty of good food, and coffee,a good time had by all Dorothy

  5. 21 January, 2013 1:57 pm

    A big thank you to every one who posted their suggestions. We’ve whittled down the shortlist and will be presenting our pick of Australia’s top 50 rides in the February-March issue, out in the first week of February.


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