In celebration of the Tour De France, the famed annual bicycle race in France, we have created a list of some of the best destinations to explore by bike across Australia.
Whether you prefer a leisurely ride to explore the local area or you’re a hardcore trail rider, it has never been easier to combine a love of bike riding with a holiday, especially when you’re on a self-drive holiday – you can easily carry your bike to the back of a motorhome and head off.
Plus, the best part about hiring a motorhome with Let’s Go Motorhomes is that you can also hire up to two bikes, which makes it super easy to explore your destination or just head into town grab supplies without having to pack up your motorhome.
- The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
With coastal views and trendy seaside towns, The Great Ocean Road region is an incredible destination to explore via bicycle. Whether you’re cruising into Torquay from your caravan park, or taking in some of the exquisite beaches around Port Fairy, the whole area is super easy to get around by bike. There are also some great trails and paths in the area, including the Crater to Coast Rail Trail and parts of the Old Beechy Rail Trail near Colac. The closest Let’s Go Branch for a Great Ocean Road adventure is Melbourne or Bendigo.
- McLaren Vale, South Australia
If quaint villages, award winning wineries and easy beach access sounds like your kind of holiday, look no further than McLaren Vale. Located just under an hour from our Adelaide branch, McLaren Vale is a great location when it comes to exploring on two wheels. Base yourself at one of the many caravan parks in the area and enjoy a multitude of cycle friendly activities including the Shiraz Trail, a ride to the weekly Willunga Farmers Market and trips to the beautiful beach.
- Cairns, Queensland
The only thing that could make a trip to far North Queensland even better is by exploring the area on a bicycle. The city itself is relatively flat, making it easy to get around on two wheels, and there are plenty of bike paths available so you can really explore at your own pace. Check out the Cairns Regional Council website for some great cycling maps. For more serious cyclists, you can’t go past Mission Beach Mountain Bike Park, Cardwell Forest Drive or the K-Tree Road.
- The Southern Highlands, New South Wales
Located just under two hours from our Sydney branch, The Southern Highlands offers a great range of things to do, places to see and places to eat – all easily accessed on bike. We recommend basing yourself at one of the larger towns in the area, like Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale and exploring the region from there. There are also some incredible trails in the area. Our favourites include the Bong Bong Track, Penrose State Forest and various Bundanoon Town rides.
- Swan Valley, Western Australia
Only 25 minutes from Perth is the stunning Swan Valley. Filled with rustic charm, incredible history, world-class wineries and a range of first-class foodie spots, it is a great spot to base yourself for a self-drive holiday to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. There are a number of caravan parks in the region, including Discovery Parks – Swan Valley, which are all a short bike ride from eateries and wineries. Plus, the Swan Valley is nice and close to some incredible nature experiences like Noble Falls and Karakamia Sanctuary. Also close by is Bullsbrook, a rural farming area, which is a great place to explore via bike.
- Uluru, Northern Territory
As if seeing Uluru wasn’t bucket list enough, for another once in a lifetime opportunity, add ‘take a bike ride around Uluru’ onto your bucket list. Possibly one of the best ways to explore the Red Centre is by two wheels. As well as the beautiful site of the rock itself, and all the incredible history, you can enjoy dinner under the stars, explore the Field of Light art exhibition or a hike of Kings Canyon (located approximately three hours from Uluru). Uluru is located around 19 hours from our Darwin branch or 16 hours from our Adelaide
Where is your favourite destination to explore by bike? Let us know by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook. Start your very own “Tour de Aus” journey today by booking a motorhome today!