The Botany Bay Area – south of the airport
Riding from Kendrick Park in Tempe through to the Captain Cook Bridge via Brighton Le Sands is 15km and its dead flat. Except for sunny weekends when there are people to dodge, its a super trail. You probably will not stop at Brighton le Sands, you will likely continue to Sans Souci or just over the Captain Cooks bridge.
It is important to understand that the connection just after Cahill Park is still in a state of confusion at the moment. Take your time crossing the roads in that area, all the people trying to drive thru the roadworks to the airport are really cranky. If you want to skip the airport roads altogether, park near the Arncliffe Fire Station and join the trail there. You can now ride all the way to Shark Park footy oval in Woolooware and back from there without crossing any roads. How good is that ! I love the section from Arncliffe to Botany Bay past the market gardens.
Another place to park is near the Kyeemagh Beach Baths which is one of the many Bay Pools on our pools page The 9km each way ride from here to the Captain Cook bridge is great. The trail is rarely near the road and your main issue on the trail is walkers and talkers and the odd kiddie out of control chasing a dog. If you go mid week, you will have no problems and if you go on the weekend you either have to go slow or go early.
For a little extra distance, you can head across the Captain Cook bridge and continue on down to Cronulla if your legs desire. When you go back across the Captain Cook bridge, find the track that takes you across on the left hand side.
Notes: All bike types, pretty good for older children. Make sure you have a bike bell and pedestrians have right of way on this trail when it is shared path. If you want to train, stations that are nearby are Wolli Creek and Cronulla and Sydneham which is a good connector.
This trail connects with the Cooks River trail to the west and to Cronulla to the south or there is Mascot Station to the East. For those who like one way riding, catch the train to Sutherland Station and ride one way all the way to Tempe or Cronulla >>
Once you leave Captain Cooks bridge, you have a nice little trail along the coast of Botany Bay for about 1km. Then you meet a junction, turn left for a brand new fully connected coastal trail that runs most of the way to Cronulla. The initial part of this trail is very scenic with new bridges across and around the mangroves. Its called the Woolooware Bay Shared Pathway. You then have about 200m on share path past a few warehouses.
After this, you will enjoy lovely mangrove cycling on shared path and wooden bridges till you turn to arrive at Captains Cook Drive. Cross to the other side of the road where the track continues on a double lane concrete trail. Follow that through to the end of Cronulla Golf Course. There is a busy intersection that you need to cross with care. When Captain Cook drive turns North East, you head up Bate Bay Drive which turns into a steep hill past a new housing estate. At the top you will be at Wanda Reserve and Cronulla is south about 3 km on the very wide concrete path.
At Wanda Reserve is a kids play ground and a good kids bike track that runs for 500m or so.
When you arrive in Cronulla, you are not allowed to continue along the coast according to the signage. You have to go up the roads. So your journey ends here and its a good place to stop.
Notes: Cronulla Station is very close so if you have travelled from the Inner West or Strathfield, relax and catch the train home. Another thing to consider is the wind. Train to Cronulla and ride back with a southerly sounds like a plan.
The photos start at Taren Pt and follow through to Cronulla
As Sydney was in yet another heatwave, I struggled to find any places that I wanted to explore. Then I remembered Kurnell because it has a great bay pool that is protected by a large shark net. Its one of the few places you can park almost on the beach. So we headed down to Cronulla, unloaded the bikes and went for ride.
We headed east along Prince Charles Parade and into the park and Captain Cooks landing place. We stopped at “the meeting place” and then went on the road to Cape Solander Lookout. There are a few cars on the road but there are also a few bikes so given that it is a National Park, riding on the road is fine for a rubbish rider like me. There are a few good spots to stop and take picture of a distant city, a nearby La Perouse and some good cliffs. We then returned to Kurnell and rode around the town, had a great lunch in the Village Store and then went swimming in our bike gear. I always have plenty of plastic in the car for driving wet and that was how we returned back to the Eastern Suburbs. All up its 12 km of riding and if you have never been to Kurnell, you should try it.
Note: Large numbers of bike riders head up up Captain Cook Drive with its large and well marked bike verge from Cronulla and finish at Cape Solander Lookout. I personally don’t like roads where trucks can wiz by you at 75km an hour and there are quite a lot of them heading to the desalination plant and other large business like Caltex.
I like to ride this 8km trail if there is a south westerly wind or a southerly. It starts at the station, you ride north along Toronta, turn right into Waratah and follow the shared path the Princess Highway. Head north along the west side to Garnet St. Cross the highway and head down (good slope) Garnet on the road (its all road to the bridge). Turn left on Bellingara at a roundabout that is not quite at the bottom of the street. Turn into Box and then into Belgrave Esplanade. At the Tarrent Point Bowling Club, keep going straight on Curtis till the fence at the end, head up the path and follow the road to the bridge. Cross the bridge on the west side.
Starting at Sutherland station, we make our way down shared pathway to the princess highway, bounce along the edge of that for a while and then its reasonable traffic roads to Tarren Point.
Princess Highway, turn left and go down the side streets
Turn right and cross the highway to Garnet St
Turn left at Belingara St and head down to the bowling club
Veer down Curtis at the Bowling club
You made it to Captain Cook bridge. Cross on the LHS
External Links: Sutherland Council Map on this trail here
A safe way to get to Loftus Oval from Sutherland Station is to ride through the cemetery and out the gate at the southern end. Then follow the back road down to the station. To get to Loftus fire tracks, cross the railway at the station and go down behind the Tram Station. Cross the highway using the bike verge and then look for a mtb path in the bush to the left. Head right from there to get to the fire tracks. Ride the fire tracks first to get your bearings before diving into the single tracks. Maybe ask the mtb riders you see which are the best. Watch out for other riders and if you are going uphill, let the downhiller go past.
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