If you want to ride 10km and see a fort, beaches, wharfs, a cemetery and East Sydney’s latest kids park, head to La Perouse.
With kids and teens, start at the terrific new Chifley Sports Reserve on Bunnerong Rd. There is a 1 km double lane track around two ovals and a great kids playground and even a skate park.
If you actually want to going riding. Safely cross Bunnerong road and head down to La Perouse and Bare Island Fort. It is a spectacular place and lots of wedding photos are taken there. Head down past the fish and chip shops and soon you will be in La Perouse Park. Follow the coast around the bays and past the Botany Cemetery. You can take a up-back on Prince of Wales drive for an extra 4km. Return to your car at Chifley Park down Military Rd and you will have had 10km of pretty safe fun.
Notes: Its shared path all the way and only a few road crossings. There is one bumpy section of 200m on the coast. Pretty easy really.
Heffron park is the park you go to when you know Centennial is going to be too busy or you just want to ride hard with no hassle. There is a historic race track that fills the centre that has some slow banked curves plus a nice concrete trail for bikes around most of the outside. Its great for kids on these tracks and there is even a mini kids traffic light area at the southern end of the park.
If you want to include a meandering ride along Maroubra beach, start at the northern end of Marine Pde and make your way along the footpath down to the beach and then head up Fitzgerald Ave. If there are people on the path, they have right of way. After crossing Anzac Pde, you will soon find yourself at Heffron. Note: Parking at Heffron is always easy at the northern end.
The Malabar Loop
BikEast from Sydney’s east love the ride to La Perouse and they do it a really good way. My maps pickup some of their trail at Maroubra and down through Malabar, past Randwick Golf Course, around past Little Bay and then down the back streets into La Perouse.
More Rides in the Immediate Area
If you live near Erskineville or are on a trainline to St Peters Station, Sydney Park is a place for a bit of casual bike riding. Ten years ago, we regularly used to head to Sydney park because they have a great traffic light bike park for the kids. Our kids also used to enjoy a big hill where they could roll down and there is lots of grass to kick a ball. Nowadays the whole park is a mecca for walkers, kids cyclists and dog lovers. Its also a very pleasant place to ride a bike if you enjoy the experience of going slowly past the 101 Dalmatians. It can also be great place to practice short hill climbs. The paths up the hill tend to be a lot emptier and if you want real exercise, 20 times up the five different tracks will sort you out more than a tread mill.
Given that two times around the park is only 6 km’s of riding, you should head down Huntley St to get to the markets and cafes of “The Mills Of Alexandria”. Take a bike lock if you go there as you cannot drag the bike into the cafe areas or markets. Once you are on Bourke Rd, head south down the special bike bath and you will be at Mascot Station and then the bike trail to Brighton le Sands.
Anyone on the Cooks river can ride down that trail to Mascot then Bourke Rd and end up in Sydney Park, have a snack and then catch a train home from St Peters station. St. Peters Station has quite a few steps to get to all platforms and no lifts.
Starting at the Northern Carpark and heading in a clockwise direction
External Links: Sydney Park is home to Sydney Cycleways and their program of bike maintenance and bike skill workshops. They have a page on the Sydney Park tracks here. The council has a page on the mini kids tracks here
Sir Josephs Banks Park in Botany is a nice little place to ride for 45 minutes. There is a bridge to the foreshore that is definitely worth riding over. Its 7km if you try to do all the paths.
Apart from the traffic noise that you notice in places, this is a great place to bring your kids of any age to ride. You can ride the tar tracks for 20 minutes in the bush and not see anyone. You will definitely see geese, ducks and a couple of rather strange looking elephants and even a gorilla. Bring a basketball as there is a good half court that rarely gets used at the end of Hayden Place.
Notes: Start at the play park next to the golf course (east end) or park at Port Botany boat ramp car park to start riding. There is even a mini bike track in the rather good kids play park.
External Links: Local active transport group of Botany Bay has a track
Commuter Path from Mascot Station into Botany and around to Pagewood.
There is a decent bit of protected track on the edge of Wentworth Avenue that runs under the M1 (South Dowling Street on the edge of Mascot). If you are happy commuting down the painted line cycle paths on the roads and through back streets, you can get to this path. Then you will get into the quieter streets of Botany and Pagewood and even a better path or two. This page is just to show you where to go if you were to commute to these parts of Sydney from the important junction of Mascot train station on Coward St. From there you can head to Brighton and even to Strathfield if your legs will carry you that far.
The Botany map stops just over the tricky to find pedestrian and bike bridge. The Pagewood trail I have outlined goes through Mutch park and down the popular commuter bike road Banks Avenue in Pagewood and ends up where the tram line will start in Kingsford.
Mascot to Zetland
On a Sunday morning, this road through to Zetland is pretty free of cars and is really nice to ride. Mid week it will be just a car road. It ends up being almost a straight line to Redfern Station. The trail uses Dunning Avenue and Portman street and ends up at Green Square station.
Roland Park – Daceyville
A simple 500 meter concrete path that runs around four football ovals. Great place to take your kids to learn to ride. On the weekends you need to ride on the grass a bit as there will be a lot of walkers and some dogs and some mini footballers.