Hit the road, Jack
Why Sydney’s bike buffs are ditching the city for the Central Coast.
The Central Coast has it all, whether you are seeking a toddler track for you and your family, a scenic beach ride or the ultimate off road experience. The Central Coast boasts over 14 bike shops, a bike hire facility, various shared cycle paths as well as a BMX Club, Cycling Clubs, Touring Cycling Clubs and even a Retirees Cycling Club.
Boomerang Bike Hire can deliver a range of bikes including Tandems to your location across the Central Coast. Hire duration ranges from two hours to two weeks and cater for individuals or groups bookings.
For incredible nature experiences, try an all-inclusive mountain bike tour with Central Coast Mountain Bike Tours. Ride one of the pristine National Parks, challenge your fitness on a forest traverse or shred at a purpose built mountain bike park.
Be sure to pack your panniers and your camera as you head off to enjoy the hinterland hills and the coast, whether you are touring on your next cycle holiday or purely seeking some healthy fun with friends and family.
You can also join the Central Coast Touring Cycling Club or Central Coast Bicycle Users Group to take part in their scheduled rides, to explore some of the region's best routes in a fun group environment.
A range of rides to suit everyone:
The Garden Ride
The Garden ride offers a look at the city of Gosford, then takes you along the waters edge overlooking Brisbane Water foreshore, before meandering through the local neighbourhood and reaching Edogawa Japanese Gardens. These gardens provide an idyllic environment to relax before having a look at the Gosford Regional Art Gallery. Begin the ride at the Gosford Visitor Information Centre located at the forecourt to the train station. Enter the ride via the Baker St car park and continue along Baker St to Georgiana Terrace. Cross at the pedestrian crossing at the stadium and follow the stadium and continue under the bridge. Turn left and enter the shared user path. This is a 14 km, leisurely ride, ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Catch the ferry from Palm Beach and experience the Central Coast with your family by cycling the Ettalong Foreshore from the Ettalong Ferry Wharf to the Umina recreation facility. This facility offers a skate park suitable for BMX bikes. It also has a BMX track as well as a junior cycling track, perfect for teaching youngsters how to ride safely in a controlled environment. This is a 7.5 km return ride, making it perfect for the family.
Points to Pelicans
If you are seeking a ride away with family or friends, or just seeking an easy jaunt around the spectacular Brisbane Water Cycleway, then experience the Point to Pelicans ride. This ride begins at Point Frederick's Pioneer Park. It is recommended to see this view early in the morning. As you cycle to Woy Woy, you'll pass the wetlands, scenic waterways and finish at Woy Woy. From here you may wish to take the train home or ferry across to Saratoga and Davistown. Stop for fish and chips or you may even like to visit the many cafes, bars and restaurants of Woy Woy. This is a 13.5 km ride and is ideal for family and friends of all fitness levels.
Terrigal by Twilight
This bicycle ride is ideal for novice riders keen to explore the highlights of the Central Coast including famous Terrigal Beach and all its restaurants, bars and cafes. Along the way you will experience some undulating hills. As this ride is designed for taking in after your day out at the Australian Reptile Park, beach or work be sure to pack some lights on your bike, bright enough to be seen at a distance of 200m. This short ride is 22kms return, and is ideal for experienced cyclists.
Tour de Brisbane Water
This is the ride for those keen on seeing the Central Coast while not over extending themselves. It begins and ends at Gosford train station and it highlights the wetlands and waterways of the lower Central Coast. With most sections of this route providing on road and off road cycle access it provides a safe circular route around the blue Brisbane Water. This ride is 41 km and is recommended for the more experienced cyclist.
Putt Putt to Putty
This ride offers it all. Leave Palm Beach and Sydney behind to arrive by ferry at Mulhull St Wharf, Wagstaffe. Sojourn at sleepy Killcare or seek the surf at Lobster Beach, Tallow Beach or Putty Beach. Enjoy the thrill of Ward's Hill yet take care on this huge descent, but be sure not to miss the Honey place. Continue until you make your way to Ettalong Beach. Ettalong Beach is the place for an idyllic ride and is the departure point for the ferry back to Palm Beach. This ride is 13km and is perfect for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Beach to Beaches
The Central Coast is famous for its beaches. And what better way to explore them than by bike. Seeking the splendour of Terrigal and its family friendly atmosphere, Avoca Beach with its theatre, cafes and surf, or check out Wamberal and Forresters Beach or even Wyrrabalong National Park. This ride provides the opportunity to explore it all in one day while jumping in for a swim along the way. Be sure to carry a suitable lock and use it where you stop. This ride is 92.25 km and is suitable for the most experienced cyclist.
Hinterland History Ride
This ride lets you explore the Central Coast off road while at the same time learn of the region's convict, colonial and engineering history. Start at Point Clare Train Station and take in the historic listed Henry Kendall Cottage & Museum and some local historic churches. This ride is 35 km and your own mountain bike is required. Due to off road conditions this is suitable for the more experienced cyclist.
The Grand Tourer
This ride allows you to enjoy shopping at Tuggerah or the restaurants, cafes, hotels and comfort of The Entrance famous for its fishing by the lake, lifestyle and beaches, as well as the pelicans. This ride is 92.25 km and is for experienced road cyclists only.
For those who wish to visit the coast via the northern beaches of Sydney be sure to take the picturesque Palm Beach Ferry Service and load your bicycle to the back of the ferry. (A surcharge may apply.)
The Central Coast Ferry Service operates 7 days a week (except Christmas & Boxing Day) between Woy Woy - Saratoga - Davistown - Empire Bay and provides a service to Davistown RSL. The historic Cockatoo Ferry operates between Woy Woy - Saratoga - Hardys Bay - Wagstaff - Ettalong.
For Cycleway Maps of the area visit the RMS website or call 1800 060 607.