On your bike!



With the summer sun shining down, it’s a great time of year to get outside and enjoy some exercise. So, why not take the bike out for a spin at one of the Peninsula’s finest tracks and trails?

Peninsula Living looks at the top five cycling spots on the Northern Beaches.

Narrabeen Lagoon trail

A lovely track that’s ideal for riders of all levels, including children, the Narrabeen Lagoon trail is fun for the whole family.

The flat trail encompasses sealed paths, smooth gravel, and wooden boardwalks. Take your time and enjoy the ride, with lush ecosystems and an abundance of wildlife to be discovered along the way.

The 8.4-kilometre loop can be accessed from several points, but the main ones are Middle Creek Reserve, Jamieson Park, Berry Reserve and Bilarong Reserve. 

There are also plenty of great spots to stop for a picnic or to have a rest, recharge the batteries and get some happy snaps.

North Head to Sydney Harbour National Park

A popular ride among experienced cyclists, riding up to North Head gives you a chance to experience one of the area’s best bike routes.

Take Darley Road in Manly through to the archway on the Scenic Drive towards Sydney Harbour and then on to North Head, where you’ll be greeted with scenic views of the ocean, harbour, and the city.

You’ll be able to immerse yourself in nature, taking in the native bush surroundings as you ride. 

For the more adventurous, try taking the steep Collins Beach Road at the beginning of Scenic Drive.

Manly Dam

Located just a few kilometres from the heart of Manly, Manly Dam is a local favourite for mountain bikers and, arguably, one of the best circuits in NSW.

There’s something for everyone, with bushland trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders featuring a variety of terrain.

From longer cruises to steep rocky slopes, you’ll certainly be able to challenge yourself.

If you want to make it a full day out, bring your fishing pole and picnic supplies along with you to make the most of everything Manly Dam has to offer.

Manly Beachfront

Get the family together, park the car at Passmore Reserve and head out for a relaxing 8-kilometre ride along the Manly foreshore.

This is a flat track that’s perfect for kids or riders who aren’t very experienced. Take in the beautiful surroundings as you cruise along.

When hunger strikes and it’s time to rest the legs, take advantage of the numerous eateries in the area and enjoy a bite to eat before continuing.

Be warned, though: the Manly foreshore can get very busy during holidays or on weekends.

Narrabeen Lakes to Manly Lagoon

This ride features fantastic coastal views. Along the way, you’ll pass several headlands, surf life saving clubs and aquatic reserves.

Begin your ride at Narrabeen Shopping Centre and proceed south along the lagoon foreshore. From there, turn down Albemarle Street towards the beach.

Experienced and intermediate riders will handle this one relatively easily, but this 12-kilometre ride may be a bit much for beginners or younger riders.

David Shilovsky, Intern, Peninsula Living Magazine

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