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Cycling in Noosa - from bush to beach

11 Aug 2020

Cycling along Noosa’s coastal and hinterland roads and trails is one of life's great pleasures. You'll find yourself riding alongside the beautiful blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Noosa River, on cool rainforest tracks, and smooth open roads that wind their way to mountain climbs and country cafes.

Mountain bikers, road cyclists, weekend rouleurs, triathletes, gravel riders, steel-framed aficionados, kids, families and everyone in between all find a place to pedal in Noosa.

You can go your own way, join a guided tour with a local expert of the best tracks and destinations, team up with a local club or sign up for one of the cycling events throughout the year that bring bike lovers from around Australia to experience cycling in Noosa.

Noosa's terrain and stunning natural environment are perfect no matter what you’re looking for on two wheels – from beachside to bush trails, the winding tracks of the Noosa Trail Network, from rolling hinterland hills to scenic riverside routes, or take to the Girraween Criterium Cycling Track set in a beautiful nature reserve in Noosa Heads.

The eastern beaches, from Sunshine Beach to Peregian and beyond, have miles and miles of open sand, with picturesque roads lining the whole way, or stick to the surf beaches trail on the off-road coastal pathway from Sunrise Beach, with spectacular views along the way (look out for migrating humpback whales between July and October). Allow a couple of hours, depending on your speed and how much time you want to spend in the cafes and restaurants at either end of the ride.

Or pack a picnic and take your bike on the Noosa North Shore Ferry from the end of Moorindil Street, Tewantin, and ride to Noosa North Shore for a relaxing day of riding along the sandy stretches of beach or the North Shore Wilderness Trail.

For mountain bikers, a ride to the top of Mt Tinbeerwah (265m) in Tewantin National Park is a must – take in the 360 degree coastal and hinterland views before jumping into the Wooroi trails that weave through sub-tropical rainforest to the gullies below, with trails from easy to difficult.

If you’re still not sure where to ride in Noosa, join one of the many guided tours that showcase the great riding around the Noosa region. And if you can't bring your bike with you, you can hire mountain or gravel bikes, road bikes, electric bikes, fat-tyre beach bikes and even kids’ capsules and trailers.

Bike On Bike Hire hires quality road and mountain bikes which they’ll set up for your requirements and deliver to your accommodation. They've also got the best local tips on where to ride or info on local bunch rides. Or join a guided mountain bike tour, with something for all riding and fitness levels – from the Behind the Beach to Off the Top mountain experience and Singletrack Thrillseeker extreme tour.

Or go the distance along the Noosa Trail Network, 100km of spectacular cross country trails and grinding gravel roads winding through the Noosa hinterland, country villages, mountain lookouts, National Parks, State Forest, private property, parks and road reserves. Stop at country cafes, pubs and breweries along the way or find the hidden tracks and stay off the grid.

If you’re looking for something a little less extreme, Noosa is a beautiful place to ride along the riverfront, bike paths and dedicated cycle lanes on mostly flat areas. Bike paths and lanes follow the Noosa River through Tewantin and along Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, connecting through to Noosa Main Beach, Noosa Heads, with plenty of cafes and restaurants along the way. Or take the Doonella Lake off-road path in Noosaville for a light, scenic ride.

For an easy, fun way to get around, Ecotekk Noosa has pedal-assisted electric bikes for hire, or join their guided tours and explore the Noosa North Shore beach, Mt Tinbeerwah, Kin Kin Trail Network and country villages on a fat-tyre bike, or ride the surf beach trail with them.

Ride the new South Burnett Rail Trail with day tours from Noosa with Outbike. They’ll drive you to the South Burnett region and set you up for one of three off-road rides between Kingaroy and Kilkivan – an easy 45km sealed section for any type of bike, a harder 45km MTB gravel section or do the entire 90km MTB ride from Kingaroy to Kilkivan, and arrive back in Noosa in time for dinner. Along the way, stop for lunch or a snack at country towns. Bring your own bike or hire from Outbike. Non-riders can also join the tour.

Also a little further through the Noosa hinterland is the beautiful Mary Valley, with the Mary River, clear creeks and lake, rainforest, eucalypt forest, mountain climbs and plenty of native animals. Ride On Mary - Kayak and Bike Bush Adventures offer mountain bike hire for self-guided bike or kayak and bike tours through the Mary Valley, and they'll drop off and pick up the bike. They also have an Adventure Triathlon where you and a group of friends can kayak-hike-bike and explore the forest and waterfalls with their custom maps.

Looking for more Noosa inspiration? Discover a whole world of destinations to enjoy the best beaches, rivers and hinterland experiences.

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