Going for a bike ride is a fun and healthy way to get outdoors, enjoy the fresh air and experience the picturesque scenery the Central Coast has to offer. There are plenty of family friendly and easy cycle rides around the Coast, meaning everyone can jump on a bike and join in!
Before you head out for your ride, don't forget to make sure that everyone who is riding is wearing a helmet and to give way to pedestrians when using shared paths.
Here's some of our favourite cycle paths:
1. Ettalong Beach to Umina Beach
Winding it's way along the Ettalong beach foreshore to Umina Beach, is a shared cycle and pedestrian path, with spectacular views of Broken Bay, Bouddhi National Park and other local views. The ride is an easy 7.5 kilometre return route from the Ettalong ferry wharf, with cafes, playgrounds and toilets along the way.
Once you arrive at Umina, we highly recommend you check out the fantastic playground, with a fenced in pirate playground for the younger children and a huge climbing frame and other play equipment for older kids. The playground has a bicycle track for children, as well as a skate park and a BMX track. The playground is situated next to toilets and a lovely cafe, has BBQ equipment close by and the beach is just over the road.
2. Brisbane Water Cycle Way
If you're looking for a flat cycle route with stunning views of Brisbane Water, head to the cycle way that runs alongside the water from Gosford to Woy Woy. For a great place to start, head to the boat ramp near Gosford Pool. Following the path you'll see scenic views of wetlands, waterways and the resident pelicans. Once you reach Woy Woy, Woy Woy Fisherman's Wharf serves amazing fish and chips for lunch.
If you want to finish your ride here, there's the option of either catching the ferry to Saratoga and Davistown or the train from Woy Woy. Of course, for those seeking a longer ride, simply turn around and follow the path back along the way you came.
3. Chittaway to The Entrance
A wonderful and scenic bike path can be found alongside the water between Chittaway Bay and The Entrance. Choose how far you'd like your ride to be by starting anywhere along the track- a favourite spot is to start at the Rotary Park in Long Jetty and head either to Chittaway or The Entrance. The path makes for a flat and leisurely family ride, with plenty to see and do along the way.
You'll find playgrounds, picnic benches, BBQs and toilets situated along the path and plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs to stop off at at The Entrance (see here here for our Meet My Suburb article on The Entrance). For kids looking to practice their skills, there's a fantastic BMX track at the Rotary Park in Long Jetty.
The BMX track at Long Jetty
4. Kincumber to Davistown/Saratoga
The cycle path between Kincumber and Davistown makes for an easy and scenic family ride and, if you're up for a longer ride, you can head to Saratoga. Start the ride from Carrack Road in Kincumber and ride along next to the wetlands. The path is quiet and traffic free and you'll find a playground near the Kincumber end.
The perfect bike track for young riders learning to use their bikes or scooters is on Showground Road in Narara. The track is next to Narara Creek with plenty of shade from the trees and resident ducks to watch on the creek. Little ones will have a great time whizzing along the track on their bikes and toilets are also situated near by.
6. Off Roading/Mountain Biking
For those families looking for more adventure, the Central Coast offers many exciting off road and mountain bike tracks. Locations such as the Ourimbah State Forest, Kincumba Mountain, Brisbane Water National Park and Mooney Mooney Creek all offer fantastic mountain bike trails. Ensure you have a good quality mountain bike, the correct gear such as a pump and spare tubes and always check fire reports before entering forests.
If you don't own your own bike, there are several local companies where you can hire bikes from. Below is a list of some to check out for all your cycle needs: