Child-Friendly Tracks for the School Holidays
Local bike riding tracks kids will love
School holidays are just around the corner. If you’ve been spending too much time cooped up at home or in the office, you’re surely raring to put your helmet on and cycle over to the nearest park. Why not plan a trip with your kids to a child-friendly bike track? There are a few national park bike trails around NSW that both you and your children will surely love.
9 Child-Friendly NSW National Park Bike Tracks
Here are nine places where you and your offspring can get on your bikes during school holidays. Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate cyclist, you’ll find a track that best suits you.
Perimeter Trail at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Located just north of Sydney, the Perimeter trail is in the West Head section of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. It is a 7-kilometre trail that even 7-year-old kids love. Sydney red gums and beautiful grass trees abound, and there are many places to stop and admire these native Australian wonders around you. Take the A3 to Terrey Hills or Mona Vale Road to reach the Perimeter trail.
Burramoko Ridge (Hanging Rock) Trail, Blue Mountains National Park
Dreaming of breathing in fresh air without going too far? Take the Burramoko Ridge (Hanging Rock) trail to savour both the majestic beauty of the Blue Mountains and cleanest fresh air in NSW. The medium-grade track is 10-kilometre long, so expect to work up quite a sweat. It is ideal for fit or athletic kids at least 12 years old. The park is just a 2-hour drive from Sydney on the M4, and parking is available near the gate.
Thredbo Valley Track, Kosciuszko National Park
Ready to barrel through thrilling suspension bridges? The Thredbo Valley Track is waiting for you. It is graded easy to intermediate, depending on which track you want to tackle. The 16.7-kilometre Thredbo to Bullocks Flat section is recommended for fit kids 12 years and older.
Meandering along the Thredbo River valley, the track takes you to Ngarigo campground by crossing five suspension bridges. Younger kids can take on the Thredbo Diggings campground to Bullocks Flat trail (5.4-kilometre return).
Plan a weekender at the track. From Sydney, you can reach the Thredbo Valley track via the M321 and will take five and a half hours.
Pennant Hills West Pymble Fire Trail, Lane Cove National Park
If you’re looking for a good cardio workout, head-on with the kids to the Pennant Hills West Pymble fire trail at the Lane Cove National Park. A good 3-kilometre, medium-grade trail, it offers a scenic view of Sydney as well as picnic spots such as Devlins Creek and Whale Rock. Although the track only runs for about an hour, it is best suited for children 14 and above due to some technical parts and steep sections.
Warrah Trig Cycling Loop, Brisbane Water National Park
The 10-kilometre medium-grade Warrah Trig cycling loop crosses several fire trails of the Brisbane Water National Park. Cycle between Patonga and Pearl Beach, and be sure to pause for picturesque views at Warrah lookout. This cycling loop is best suited for kids as young as 14 as some sections of the track are narrow and steep. Make sure you eat a hearty breakfast before tackling the loop. Cafes are available in Patonga Beach should you require sustenance.
Plateau Circuit Loop, Bindarri National Park
If waterfalls are your thing, the Plateau Circuit loop at Bindarri National Park will not disappoint. Start with a gentle ride along the gravel roads of the park and the Bindarri State Conservation Area nearby.
Armed with a picnic lunch and enough water, head on to Bangalore Falls and Urumbilum picnic areas. Feast your senses on the wonderful cascading waterfall that plunges into a natural amphitheatre of pools.
The 26-kilometre medium-grade loop trail is suitable for older kids 14 and up. Make sure you and your kid are fit and have the stamina to tackle this 3-hour loop.
Bundanoon Cycling Route, Morton National Park
For an easy and leisurely ride, you’ll want to consider the Bundanoon cycling route in Morton National Park. It is a 14-kilometre undulating mountain bike track that offers magnificent views from Southern Highland escarpment lookouts. The trail winds through the open forest that showcases banksias and flowering shrubs. This cycling route is ideal for kids nine years old and above.
You can reach Morton National Park in under two hours from Sydney on the M31. Or take the Illawarra Highway if you’re coming from Wollongong. You can park at Gambells Rest picnic area or on the streets of Bundanoon.
Five Mile Mountain Bike Trail, Murray Valley National Park
If you’re planning a vacation, make sure you’re headed for the best. The Five Mile mountain bike trail at Murray Valley National Park is one of the best mountain biking places in the Riverina region. Its 7-kilometre track is suitable for kids as young as seven and with all skill levels. It offers a combination of rolling and fast terrain featuring drops, wall rides and flowing bridges.
Livingstone Multi-use track, Livingstone National Park
A 4.3-kilometre loop track that weaves through woodlands teeming with rusty spider flowers and tall cypress pines. Who wouldn’t want that? The Livingstone multi-use track at the Livingstone National Park offers this stunning vista and more. The park is a birdwatcher’s haven – get your binoculars ready to spot scarlet robins, speckled warblers and turquoise parrots.
Graded easy, the track can be accomplished in only an hour. That’s pretty easy to tackle even for 6-year-old kids. Livingstone National Park is a 5-hour drive from Sydney on the M31.
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Plan your next adventure with the whole family at any of these local biking tracks. Make sure your mountain bikes, bikes for teens, and kiddie bikes are up for the challenge by getting it from a trusted source.
You can count on a Stead Cycles bike to endure, even if you decide to tackle all nine amazing trails on this list. Contact us today or drop by our Beresfield store today!