Glebe and North BalmainJanuary 10, 2019
A ride around Blackwattle Bay and Roselle Bay is fun, extremely scenic and relatively easy except for the bridge climb. This is an adult ride because you ride right next to some really busy roads with no protection on a 2-3m concrete path. Ride anti-clockwise so you are not the one next to the traffic. On the paths to the bridge, watch for fast moving riders who are commuting, they may ring their bells but they can still run into a swerving child. (WARNING: ANZAC BRIDGE AREA IS UNDERGOING RENOVATIONS – see map)
On the way round you have to climb up to cross the Anzac Bridge, you have to make your way down the footpath on Bridge Road to get to the fishmarkets and you can either pass thru the fishmarkets on the pedestrian lines or go around the side. Don’t follow the cars into the fishmarkets as the road into the markets is very lumpy.
Finally if you are riding around the Glebe foreshore from Jubilee Park through to the Fishmarkets, it is very likely that it will be overrun with walkers and dogs unless it is raining or early. Not such a problem mid week but it still happens.
Kids will enjoy the Glebe Foreshore parks and they can ride up Johnstons Creek.
Notes: 5km. No train access. A little hilly. 25 minutes. Take a bike lock if you want to wander around the fishmarkets. Parking next to Jubilee Park will generally be good. If you want to get to Pyrmont and the Darling Harbour trail under the Anzac bridge, the best riding is to head clockwise from Jubilee Park and over the Anzac bridge. This will miss most of the walkers and dogs and the fishmarkets.
Around Victoria Rd and Anzac bridge, the roads are monsters and the cycleways more complex than they were in 2019. The run up past the hospital is quite steep but the roads are not busy at all.
If you want to go to the ferry wharfs, I have mapped out a way to get there that incurs less hill climbing. I would recommend that you understand the Ferry times for both wharfs and where they will take you before you head downhill to the wharfs. Both go to Circular Quay, Balmain East services Milsons Point and Balmain wharf services the Cockatoo Island wharfs. You can do some really cool bike loops of the harbour once you hop on a ferry.
Riding Your eBike in Northern Balmain and Drummoyne East
Whites Creek Lane
This lane provides a great little extension into Annandale. Its quite a colourful ride and relatively car free which is odd because there are a lot of busy roads nearby. It follows Whites Creek for a while past the historic reinforced concrete aquaduct. Remember this is Australia first reinforced concrete structure. The path goes for 3km from Jubilee Park and only crosses three roads.
Johnstons Creek Cycle Path
You can make your way up Johnstons Creek and across to Newtown if you like (see link above). Its a council track along roads,, not perfect but well signposted.
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