The longer shared path bike trails in the Bankstown area are Salt Pan Creek and Duck Creek. The rest of the trails on the map are a collection of short paths and council roads. This includes the meandering Bankstown oval path, Rookwood Cemetary, Padstow to Revesby and the council designated cycle roads from Bankstown to the Carramar Cycleway.
Adjacent areas include Oatley Park in the Woronara Area, Chipping Norton Lake in Liverpool Area, Cooks River and Prospect Reservoir.
The Salt Pan Creek Trail
There is some excellent exploring to be done on bike and on foot around Salt Pan Creek which is in the suburb of Riverwood.
I started my ride from John Mountford Reserve which is really handy to the corner of the M5 and King Georges Rd. I then crossed south under the M5 and headed west next to the M5. You can ride for a few kilometers on pretty good trails crossing only three roads. You will then come to Salt Pan reserve which you can bypass on good trail to the north. Alternatively bump around on a mountain bike on a longer trail for a laugh by heading the long way round.
Crossing under the M5 past some street art and you are at Mclaughlin Oval. This is another good entry point to the trail and a good place for kids to start riding. If you want to do a bike ride and then pack the bikes away and do a walk, this is a good place to start.
From the Oval, you start to run into about a 1.5km of wooden walkways. You need to walk on these as they are not so wide and the council says they may fine you. That said, where in Sydney can you walk on 1.5 km of wooden walkways in mangroves. So walk and ride south down Salt Pan Creek till you get to a bridge. You can ride a little further where it turns into a walking track.
To avoid walking back up the walkways, cross the bridge and head left on a neat little trail that ends up at Riverwood Park. Head down Union and the Roosevelt Streets till you get to the Karne Street reserve. Now you are back on the original trail. So head back to where you started.
Notes: You could train to this trail by getting off at Narwee Station which is near John Mountford Reserve.
This trail is very kid friendly if you start near the Riverwood Community Centre or McLaughlin oval and you will have about 3 kms of trail to ride on.
Find out about the long Woronora extension to Sutherland >>
Pictures starting at the John Mountford Reserve, head west to Salt Pan Creek and then return back through Riverwood to the same trail and head back to the start. The map shows where you need to be aware about walking on wooden walkways and also the easy way to head around the giant reserve. Filming on a wet day and a dry day.
Bridge over Salt Pan Creek to Riverwood
If you want to add another 8km and see the engineering work on the M5 as below , read this >>
Get to Salt Pan Creek from Bankstown
Getting from Bankstown to Salt Pan Creek is not all that difficult and its only 4 km. If you can find the Grahame Thomas Oval, you are well on your way. Check my map carefully for the crossing of Fairford Rd and Cantebury Rd. Probably don’t take your kids until you know what you are doing and they know how to keep in a straight line. When you get to Salt Pan, remember to walk your bikes on the wooden bridges. Definitely take kids around Salt Pan Creek.
Extend Your Trip another 20km by heading to Sutherland
You can head south from Riverwood across the Point Alfred Bridge to Menai and then head east to Sutherland Station along Menai Rd. Its all separated cycleway after a few tricky backroads in Riverwood.
See pics and the story here >> Woronora
Padstow Heights to Riverwood Station to Oatley Park
You can go down the edge of Henry Lawson drive and then through Riverwood back streets to get to Riverwood station. Its an OK path. You can ride up a very steep hill from Oatley Park near Lime Kiln Reserve and then its a relatively easy ride through back streets to Riverwood Station. Read more on Oatley and Como here
Commuters and more may want to head to Revesby Station
I have established a good alternative track from Alfords Point Rd to Revesby Station. This is good for two reasons, Revesby is an express station on the Glenfield line and its a little bit closer than Riverwood. There are some steep streets in the area so study the map carefully. One reader said the streets of Padstow can get busy during school times.
Also on the map is a quick detour to the lookout in Padstow Heights overlooking Salt Pan Creek and the Georges River. Its off the Berkely Trail on a bush track that requires walking the bike. Not too far.
Pictures from Revesby to Padstow Heights
Kingsgrove – M5
The reason I like this ride is so people who ride the Salt Pan Reserve trail can add a few extra kilometers to their journey. This trail was chaotic in 2017 because of the huge amount of work that is happening on the West Connex and the M5. As far as the trail is concerned, that is starting to settle down. Now I like it a lot and intend to do Wolli Creek to Earlwood on the Cooks River Trail then Earlwood to Bexley then this ride and then Salt Pan Creek and finish up at Riverwood station and catch the train home.
Its 4km each way, so it will help a little with your daily workout. If you are a really keen commuter to be, you can battle thru the suburbs from the dead end at Bexley to Wolli Creek. Why they didn’t extend the bike path thru the very average parks that run all the way to Wolli Creek is beyond me.
If you only want to do this trail, park in Koorella St, Kingsgrove track. You will see the track. If you are adding this to the Salt Pan Creek trail, you need to cross across King Georges Rd.
This trail joins to Earlwood to Bexley >>
When you cross King Georges Road, look for the gap in the wall. Once thru ride to Salt Pan.
M5 Cycleway: This and Salt Pan Creek is your recreational M5 Cycleway, hell of a lot safer and if you hop on the train at Bexley North, this will get you to city.
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The Cooks River trail is an important way to get across Sydney and the best way to get to the Cooks River Trail in the west is to arrive at Strathfield and ride across to the start of the track through Strathfield. This is a nice ride past some big and interesting houses. This is not the only way way as there are three other train stations that are with a few easy kilometres of the head of the trail on Ada Avenue next to the Strathfield Golf Club. These other three stations all require you to ride through the gigantic and interesting Rookwood Cemetary, a great place to ride a bike at a modest pace.
The most popular connection to Cooks River is Lidcombe Station. This gets a lot of Express trains and could be a good choice for some. If you arrive at this station, you are going to ride through Rookwood Cemetary as follows.
Head through the shops down Joseph Street, angle across the small park to James St and head toward Rookwood as safetly as you can. Turn right on East St next to the cemetary and ride a couple of hundred meters down the road till you come to the main entrance. Head into the cemetary and becuase its so big and there are so many roads, you may get lost, doesn’t matter you are riding a bike on easy roads. Ride on the main roads and aim in a south easterly direction. You actually want Necropolis Dr and you want to exit on Weeroona Rd.
Exiting on Weeroona Rd and cross the busy Centenary Drive will bring you to a wall with small exits. The one on the right gets you on the roads that lead to Ada Avenue.
Historic Lidcombe Hospital
The historic homes around the Brooks Circuit Park in Lidcombe south are really beautiful.
Find them on the map here on the light purple trail >>
Lidcombe Private Hospital
Regents Park Station
This station provides a longer and reasonable ride to the southern end of the Rookwood area. The direct route is down Amy Street which turns into Weeroona Rd. Amy Street is a little busy and has narrow footpaths. I suggest heading north from the station thru Guilfoyle Park and turn right into Kent. After Kent, head into Kibo and follow that to the edge of Carnarvon Golf Club. Turn right and head down Nottinghill Rd and then jump on the cycle way down Amy around the golf club. When you get to Rookwood, turn left and ride a hundred metres and enter the cemetary and head for the Weeroona Rd exit in the east.
If you are in a hurry to get to Lidcombe, head down the road to Berala Station cross under the tracks and then head north to Vaughan Street and west to Lidcombe. This is all roads but its only 10 minutes.
Birrong Station is of interest because it is on the T3 line that runs from Sydenham to Dulwhich Hill, Cantebury and onto to Liverpool. These are all stations near the Cooks River Trail. So you can use the T3 train line to get to the other end of the Cooks Trail and ride downhill back to your start point. That is why Birrong is of interest to Inner West bike riders. Note. Sometimes the T3 goes to Regents Park and in that instance you would get off at that Regents Park.
To get from Birrong to Regents Park by bike, head west along Rodd St to Auburn Rd. Turn right and ride carefully down the road to the bridge that crosses the railway line. After that head to the RHS of Auburn Rd and use the side road and paths to get to Regents Park station. Then follow the instructions above to get to Rookwood and beyond.
There is a park called Muluga Passive Park nearby that has bike trails and looks fine for kids. Its a modest size and there are some ducks. A few of the trails are bumpy.
You can ride back roads from Guildford Station (see Guildford to Canley Vale) quite safely as follows. Head for Merrylands Station, turn right at Locksley Rd, head across Granville Park, cross the busy Woodville Rd and head east down Meadows St in an Easterly direction till you come to the Duck River track. Go south on the Duck creek till you get to Mona Rd. Cross duck Creek and head under the road and south again along Duck road. The concrete path is old and has many bumps and may not suit racing bikes. When you get to the Auburn Botanical Gardens cross the road and head along the Rosnay golf course to St Johns rd. Follow that to Beralla Station and your kid could ride the footpath on this road, you will need to stay on the road.