Head on down to Iron Cove in the inner west of Sydney for 15km of different connected bike trails.. I promise you won’t be disappointed, its so picturesque. Its flat, the tracks are wide but if its sunny and after 8am and the weekend, it will be very busy. Runners and walkers call the 7km loop “the Bay Run” but you can easily add twice that distance.
If you have kiddies who cannot hold a line, keep them to the south side as there are no adjacent roads.
See the best of the ride in the video (Anti Clockwise from King George Park).
Starting from Summer Hill: At the station, ride down Grosvenor Cres to the railway bridge. Look for a little trail on the left. Ride a few hundred meters till you reach Parramatta Rd. Under the station you will find a lift, go up, across the road on the bridge and down the lift on the other side. The trail starts on the river. Ride down to the bay and then ride around it anti-clockwise to stay away from the road. Return to Parramatta Rd and go back to the station. Its about an hour, you will be there longer as you will probably do it twice.
From Cooks River: The easiest way is to catch a tram from Dullwich Hill, use the much maligned Greenway or use Kermits way
Parking: King George Park is easy most times and Hawthorne Pde could work. ”
A Bit More: To earn your coffee and cake, go sightseeing around historic Callan Park which can be found on the south side near the Leichhardt Rowing Club. There are a couple of great cafes up near Orange Grove Plaza.
Here is a map of the area and a collage of the various trail surfaces….
The technique seemingly used by road bikes is to loop in an anti-clockwise direction using the paths on the Rozelle side and the road on the Russell Lea north side.
There is no skirting the issue, northern Balmain is hilly and it has great buildings and views. But on an eBike or if you actually like hills it is generally quiet to ride around and signage for bikes is quite good. Drummoyne on the other hand is a popular place for the bike commuters but its probably only worth riding around the once. Head to the green path on this map but make sure you are heading north as the most interesting road is St George Cres and its one way.
Summer Hill to Five Dock
A decent enough ride along council roads through Ashfield park and then across to a crossing of Parramatta Rd. Finishes at the netball courts where you have to ride across to the path to Canada Bay
See grey line on map through Ashfield
Here are the photos >>