Everyone rides the 4km loop at Centennial Park. Its great because you don’t have to stop often and you have 4m of bike zone.
Centennial loop has one important feature, you don’t have to stop, just go around and around. Here are photos of people riding the inner circle, nothing more to say.
The Centennial Park Outer Trail
I ride the less frequented outside tracks. It generally takes me an hour to circumnavigate the parks and the only road I go on is the separated cycle track in Bourke St, Redfern. I recommend having a go at this track once so you understand all your options and that includes the coffee shops in Redfern and Surry Hills. Click map link above to see my 14km outside track..
Start at the Darley Rd, York St corner. Hug the outside of the park on the south (Darley rd) (Allison Rd) and make your way right around to the tennis courts on the other side of Centennial park. Here I cross Anzac Pde and ride around the back of Moore Park Golf Course. I then cross Anzac Pde on a shared bike/walking bridge and go through to Bourke St. Ride down Bourke St to Arthur St and turn right. Cross South Dowling again using the lights. Ride around the park (past the rotunda) between Anzac Pde and South Dowling. This a a really good park to ride and is generally empty. Now cross Anzac Pde on the 20 million dollar spiral bridge.
Now head left past Alliance Stadium and loop around and back down Anzac Pde on the bike path. Head down the normal Centennial loop for a kilometer and then head up the hill to the gates, go around the outside of the park to next big gates and enter the park again. Ride carefully down the hill and return to the Darley/York corner.
Notes: Centennial loop is tricky for kids, apart from cars and high speed bikes is a drop of verge that kids ride into. Mine did. Queens Park has a 1km sealed track that is fantastic for kids to learn as is the mini kids track in Centennial.
Bourke St Redfern and the Stations
On the map I have shown to get to the well protected green bike path on Bourke St.
Getting from Centennial to Redfern station is important for Eastern Suburb cyclists. It involves the use of one of the two bridges over South Dowling st and then Telopia. Check the map below. I use Redfern station a lot to move around the city by train.
Redfern only has a lift on two platforms, for the rest you have to carry the bike. Its easy to get a the bike on Sydney trains except peak times. It doesn’t cost anything to put a bike on a train. Go for it…