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Four great bike trails around Sydney's Manly Beach

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Located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Manly attracts lots of visitors with its laid back vibe. Bustling with attractions and activities, there is something everyone can enjoy, whether alone or with family and friends.

The best way to explore the area is on bike by following the different cycling trails throughout Manly. This can be organised through Manly Bike Tours, which is part of the Bicycles Online network; or you can opt to simply set off on your own. Below are a few of Manly’s bicycle trails:

1. Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach is popular for its rich marine life that can be seen in relatively shallow water. This place is a must-visit for scuba divers and snorkelers. 

From Baringa Avenue in Seaforth, it will be an 8km long, almost entirely off-road ride (see map). Pass through the Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation and enjoy the riparian flora and fauna. Cross Condamine Street and go straight to the Manly Lagoon. Stop over at Marine Parade to see the waterside sculptures of aquatic animals and birds. You can have a picnic at the beach, visit coffee shops, or if you are feeling adventurous you can explore the headland nature trail by foot to enjoy the spectacular views of the northern beaches.

2. North Head

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North Head is known for its diverse flora and fauna as well as the historical sanctuaries located there. This is the best place to enjoy panoramic views of the ocean, harbour and city.

The ride to North Head is a bit challenging but it is definitely worth the effort. From Darley Road, you have to ride up to the archway on Scenic Drive to Sydney Harbour National Park. There you will see the old Artillery School and the pristine heathland that includes flowering plants, diverse birdlife and military remnants. The North Head Sanctuary, a place where one can contemplate and learn more about history, is also within the area. Military fortifications that were integral to Sydney’s defence in the Second World War can be found here. You can also learn about Aboriginal culture and heritage.

3. Dobroyd Point

Dobroyd Point offers fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean. This is also where the Arabanoo lookout is located. This trail is perfect for those who want to take their children on an adventure, as they have various family-friendly bike lanes. Kids will also enjoy scouting for whales, as well as learning about the history of the area.

To get there, cross the Spit Bridge and turn right to Sydney Road. Turn right again to Woodland Street North, then left into Bareena Drive in Balgowlah Heights. Continue biking along Bareena Road until you arrive at Tania Park. Adjacent to the park is the Arabanoo lookout. Further along, you can also see the Grotto Point Lighthouse, Aboriginal rock engravings and the Crater Bay lookout where fishermen from the 1920’s have built huts on the rock ledges.

4. Manly Dam

Click for a cycling map of Manly. Cycle TravellerManly Dam is popular for the adventurous types who are into exploring and mountain biking. The diversity of the flora and fauna and its breathtaking views never fail to awe every person who visits.

Hailed as one of Sydney’s best bike tracks, Manly Dam mountain bike track can be enjoyed both by beginners and advanced riders. The trail runs clockwise and it has heaps of rock sections, rock plateaus, rock steps, rough downhill sections and full width file trails. For easier access of the bike track, you can enter via Gibbs Street in Manly Vale and Upper Clontarf or Kirkwood Street at Bantry Reserve in Seaforth.

These are just four of the most popular cycle routes around Manly Beach; so next time you are in Sydney, why not head to Manly to explore the area by bike!

This article was provided by the team at Bicycles Online.

Images from top: 1. Manly Beach. 2. Cyclists on a bike tour around Manly (image courtesy of Manly Bike Tours).

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