You get the best of two worlds on two wheels right here in Wollongong – with flat coastal tracks and technical mountain biking on our hills. Throw in some glorious road cycling routes and it’s one of the best ways to see the region – all with zero emissions thank you very much.
Before you ride, grab yourself a hearty brekky from Diggies Café with your bike parked right alongside. If you’re in leisure mode, you can meander your mechanical mare all the way up to Thirroul on separate shared paths, taking in a dozen beaches along the way. Or head the other way, to Lake Illawarra, with plenty of waterside paths and picnic spots within pedalling range.
Road cyclists already love this part of the world – a popular morning ride from Sydney (with obligatory coffee waiting) and a fundraising ride each year in the MS Sydney to Gong, seeing thousands of riders of all levels make the pilgrimage. And with the UCI Road World Championships coming to Wollongong in 2022 (only the second time in Australia), its further proof of our popularity.
Alternatively, trade the slicks for chunky tires and suspension and head to the hills with mountain biking on your radar. It’s here that you’ll be able to twist and turn in the ever-expanding Helensburgh Bike Park or explore the fire trails on the Illawarra Escarpment.
Yes, cycling is part of the life cycle here, where ‘all work and no play’ is strictly forbidden. So bring your bike or hire one when you get here with Boomerang Bikes or South Coast Bike Hire – including e-bikes that make molehills out of mountains. Wollongong – where getting taken for a ride has never felt so good!