One of the best ways to explore Illawarra is on two wheels, wind rushing through your hair under the bright blue sky. Cycling in Illawarra is great. There’s lots of things to see on a ride. Better yet, you get to experience it all at your own pace.
There are also some great cycle tours to take. Even if you don’t ride often you can take a tour through some gentle and beautiful areas on a range of mountain bikes, tandem bikes and road bikes.
There’s something for everyone. For families who prefer gentle concrete paths to beginner mountain bikers looking for an off-road challenge and adrenaline seeking single track riders.
Ride through the picturesque landscape of rolling hills, charming seaside villages, spectacular coastal views and breathe deeply of that crisp and fresh coastal air.
You have lots of options on a ride through Illawarra, let your interests guide you. You could plan a trip to see some of the local produce being made or you could stop by all the local art galleries. You could take a coastal route, or plan a gentle ride through the laid back hills. You could also explore the city of Wollongong.
Make sure you plan to stop off for a casual meal at one of the fantastic hip café’s where the coffee is sublime, or plan to end your trip at one of the fine dining establishments scattered throughout the region.
There’s great local bike hire operators to provide a set of wheels, so it doesn’t matter if you didn’t bring your bike. Try the four-bike Spinway hire stand located just outside the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach. It’s based on the bike hire scheme used throughout Europe where you can hire a bike for a few hours or as long as you like, just pay with credit card at the station.
Once you’ve gotten hold of a bike, now you just need a plan. Riding on the gentle flat paths through Wollongong itself is a great ride, you get to see the harbour and the lighthouse and there’s uninterrupted views out to sea.
For a longer but spectacular ride, make sure you check out the Wollongong to Thirroul bike track a route that’s beloved by locals and visitors alike for it’s breathtaking scenery and gradual grade.
You can download a Wollongong Cycling Guide and Map from the government website here and plan your trip around that.
Cycling is one of the best things to do in the Illawarra, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll see and it’s a highly recommended but not obvious attraction for visitors of the region.