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Australia Epic Rides

15,000+ km • Australia

Set off on a cycling adventure and see the real Australia. Enjoy the authentic country towns where you are welcome to lean on the Pub Bar and have a chat with the locals. Our Cyclewayz Routes take you on the roads less travelled with a hugely varied mix of scenery. Enjoy cycling beside the white sandy beaches, following the riverways, through magnificent rainforests, across the plains and over the hills (we call them mountains!). On the East Coast and in West Coast, accommodation is generally a day's ride or less.

$28.99 full guide       16 routes ($3.99 – $9.99 each)
15,000+ km
$28.99 full guide
16 routes ($3.99 – $9.99 each)
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Available as an in-app purchase in our Bikepacking Guides app, a free download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Our iOS and Android apps do differ slightly in their appearance. However, the majority of their features remain the same, and they access the same trail guide data.

Free Demo: Grafton to Coffs Harbour

90km One Way, Hilly with one significant hill. Sealed/Unsealed, Quiet roads/Paths,7Hr

Follow the gold diggers to the Golden Dog of timber town Glenreagh set amongst sandstone cliffs. Admire the fmagnificient rainforest trees and vines trees. Roll down past blueberries and bananas and avocado trees to hit the spectacular coast of Coffs Harbour where the Great Divide meets the Pacific Ocean.

75% discount! The “All Epic Rides Bundle” includes every ride in the Australia Epic Rides Category — thousands of kilometres of epic riding in Australia.

US$28.99

US$3.99

486 km Loop, Medium, Flat/Hilly,Roads/Rail Trails, Sealed/Unsealed

Who was Ned Kelly? Why after all this time is he still so well known?

His cool armour head gear could be part of the reason. His helmet can be seen in many farmer’s mailboxes on numerous Cyclewayz Routes.

Was he a villain, a hero, or a bit of both?

You can make up your own mind as you ride and explore all the key sites where the legend of the Ned Kelly Gang lives on!

This trail uses quiet secondary roads and rail trails on mostly flat terrain, although there is a large climb between Mansfield and Whitfield.

This trail will take you from Wangaratta to Seymour via Glenrowan, Benalla, Violet Town, Euroa and Avenel. From Mansfield go over the hills to Milawa, via an optional detour to Stringy Bark Creek and the spectacularly beautiful Powers Lookout. Then it is on to the historic Gold Mining town of Beechworth where Ned spent time in Gaol and 23 of his supporters were held without charge for 3 months.

Thank you very much to John Fuller for designing and recording this ride.

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US$9.99

1489km One Way, Easy to Hard, Flat to Mountainous, Sealed/Unsealed.

What a varied ride and all away from the traffic! You will explore stunning beaches, rolling countryside, high plains, historical country towns and spectacular temperate rain forests. Get up close to Australian native animals, reptiles and birds. Enjoy the fresh air, great food and clear skies. This ride has some challenging sectors and you will need to plan using the information given in the app.

Start: Waterfall Station, Melbourne Airport/Southern Cross Station   Transport: Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne stations /airports, Wollongong, Bomaderry, Bairnsdale, Stratford, Rosedale stations, Car

Australian Cycling Holidays offers a fully supported self-guided tour including bicycles, hand-picked accommodation, breakfast, luggage transfer and road-side assist.

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US$4.99

502 km Loop, Medium, Flat/Hilly, Roads, Sealed/Unsealed

Ben Hall roamed these parts carrying out audacious raids on the coaches carrying gold and other valuables,

Explore his hideout and the site of his shooting death in 1865.

The ghost of Ben Hall whispers in the wind.

Thank you to John Fuller for developing this trail.

Start: Binalong Access Points: Forbes, Harden, Cowra

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487 km one way, Hilly/Mountainous, Hard/Remote, Unsealed/Sealed Roads, Multi-day

This route takes you through the heart of the true Tasmania.  Experience the wilderness and tranquility Tasmania is so famous for as you journey from the North in Devonport to the delightful seaside town of Dover in the South.

This route mainly follows the Tasmanian Trail. Originally developed as a horse trail, the route provides the full range of cycling experiences from sealed roads, to farm and forestry gravel roads, to steep rough tracks through gullies and mountains.

Cycle through remote forests, past tranquil pastures and beside clear rivers. You even have the choice of fording the Mersey River! The Great Western Tiers provide a stunning backdrop as you ride along the Meander Valley. Your climb up to the Central Plateau will be rewarded with stunning views. See how “Mega Watts from Heaven” are created as you ride past the huge penstocks (pipes) delivering water to the Poatina Power Station.

The open alpine plains and lakes of Central Plateau give way to the Eucalyptus forests as you head towards the Huon Valley.

As you break out of the forests you are rewarded with stunning coast line scenery and island views. Enjoy a delicious salmon meal fresh from the nearby estuary.

The ride is a challenge and while it goes past quaint villages, you will need to be self-sufficient as there are remote areas.

The Tasmania Trail Association created the Tasmanian Trail and continue to do wonderful work across the length of the trail. There are a number of locations where gates may be locked, so well before you start your journey please contact them to arrange for a trail key. This key will also provide you access to campsite facilities.

We also recommend becoming a TT Association member and purchase the guidebook. Studying the notes before you go will provide great local knowledge for the ride as well as being aware of the precautions regarding cold weather and bushfires.

Contact: http://www.tasmaniantrail.com.au

Thank you to John, Julia and Ash for photos and trail data.

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US$9.99

1144 km Loop, Hilly/Mountainous, Hard/Remote, Unsealed/Sealed Roads, Multi-day

Cycle around the whole of Tasmania. Marvel at the contrast between West and East Coasts.

Only a few roads penetrate the rugged west, a land of mountains and the heart of the remote Tarkine Wilderness. This area of Tasmania is ancient and it is impossible to tell if moss covered trees have been there for fifty or a thousand years.

Roads are often steep and can be rough in the wet. Punctuating the wilderness are small settlements mainly created for mining and logging, and occasionally, tourism. Enjoy riding on roads with little traffic, passing by majestic forests, fields of sheep and fragrant lavender.

As you head south towards Hobart, river valleys open up with cows and sheep grazing beside the road. Enjoy a few days in Hobart, a city skyline unchanged since its convict colonial times and a burst of development in the 1970’s.

On the East Coast, the road hugs the sea. The coast is dramatic and the views to long white sand beaches and rocky headlands are simply stunning. This East Coast is the favourite holiday spot for the Tassie locals.  In the last few years the beauty of the area has become well known and now “Mainlanders” and International tourists are enjoying the scenery too.

Best Times:  October to mid December

  Mid February to April.

The Tasman Highway on the East Coast can very busy so best to avoid riding this section in the Christmas and Easter school holidays.

Thank you to Josiah for riding the trail and collecting photos and trail data.

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424km, Loop Ride, Medium, Hilly, Sealed/Unsealed, 32 hours

Tasmania is a great place to cycle. This wonderful ride showcases the best that the North East has to offer – beautiful beaches, temperate rainforests, panoramic views and historic country towns with some of the most stunning landscapes in the state. You can even test your skills on the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Park or take a leisurely ride in the bush along the North East Tasmanian Rail Trail. Take your time and enjoy this journey – you will be happily surprised.

Our advice is avoid January and Easter when the state explodes with tourists and the roads are very busy. The North East of Tasmania is quite dry during winter and so this ride is accessible all year round. We think February to just before Easter and September through to early December are the best great times.

Start: Launceston     Access: Launceston Airport – where there is a free, covered bike set up stand. All other towns along the route can be used for access by car.

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1180km One Way, Flat/Hilly, Medium: Unsealed/sealed, quiet roads/paths,14 to 16 days.

To Show Ride Sections Go To: Route Selector/Route Filter/Bundle Specials/Epic Journeys/Brisbane to Sydney.

Take a look at the free Grafton to Coffs Harbour ride.

Ride from Brisbane Airport to the Sydney Opera House via beautiful deserted beaches, pristine lakes, rainforests, cattle country, big rivers, huge views, ferries and holiday villages full of fun stuff.

Don’t have enough time for the whole journey? Then split the trip. We have mapped this ride in easy access steps so you can choose the sector you want to ride. Buy each sector separately or buy the whole lot as a Bundle Special/Epic Journeys which will save you lots!

Start at Brisbane Airport and finish at the stunning Sydney Opera House. If you don’t want to cycle into Sydney (which is very busy and not cycle friendly) you can take the mapped route exit around beautiful Lake Tuggerah on the cycle path and take the train in from Tuggerah Station. Cycling out of Brisbane is safe but a little industrial. If you wish to skip that take the train to the Gold Coast and start from there.

Start: Brisbane airport or ferry, Circular Quay station (Or Tuggerah station to avoid traffic)      Access: Multiple stations and airports along route.

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1120 km One Way, Easy/Medium, Quiet Roads, Sealed/Unsealed, 12 – 16 days

Cycle from Adelaide to Melbourne on this wonderful route with a taste of the outback. Enjoy the historic ports, a cycle through the wineries, a trip across the Mallee through real Australian outback towns and love the ancient hills of Gariwerd (The Grampians).  The painted silos along the way loom out of the flat landscape and are a joy to see. Finish through the Brisbane Ranges National Park at the satellite  township of Bacchus Marsh and train into Melbourne to avoid the traffic.

Start: Adelaide to make the most of the prevailing wind direction. Access: Adelaide or Melbourne Airports, Train: Adelaide Interstate, Tailem Bend SA, Ararat Vic, Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh. The Overland train service will take your bike for a fee.

Time to Go: Autumn Winter Spring is a good time to avoid the harsh summer temperatures.

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US$9.99

1063 km One Way, Easy/Medium, Flat, Mostly quiet roads. (Busy in summer) Sealed/Unsealed 12-16 Days.

Cycle from Adelaide to Melbourne and enjoy the historic ports, a cycle through the wineries and the Great Ocean Road with its stunning sea views.

As our UK rider Josiah says, “Occasionally somewhere comes so highly recommended that you just can’t miss it. The Great Ocean Road felt like it was built specifically to show of Victoria’s beautiful coastline to cyclists.

There are many iconic viewpoints along the route: London Bridge, Bay of Islands, The Grotto and most famously, The Twelve Apostles. All are only a short detour from the main road. In the coastal towns there are many boutique cafes, delicious restaurants and places to stay.

The Great Ocean Road attracts thousands of international drivers each year and it is packed with holiday makers in the summer months. We normally recommend quieter roads but this is such an iconic ride, we suggest you ride during the quieter months after Easter through to mid December.

Start: Adelaide to make the most of the prevailing wind direction and less traffic on Great Ocean Road. Access: Adelaide or Melbourne Airports, Train: Adelaide Interstate, Tailem Bend SA, Warrnambool, Geelong.

The Overland train service will take your bike for a fee.

Time to Go: Autumn Winter Spring Not summer- It is too busy!

Thank you to Josiah Skeats for mapping this journey.

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888 km, One Way, Flat, Hilly in Flinders Ranges, Medium/Hard, Remote, Sealed/Unsealed, 12-15 Days

The Mawson Trail showcases everything the region North of Adelaide has to offer, such as the Adelaide Hills, Barossa winery region and the Flinders Ranges.

Enjoy the meandering route which seems to mimic the indecisive trail an ant might take. The trail uses quiet country roads, fire trails and tracks through farms, National Parks and State Parks. It can be a challenge for the cycle tourer as the track is narrow in places but the journey is well worth the odd walk and push. In the wet some of the tracks can become very muddy and we have mapped a few alternate routes.

You may be lucky to see kangaroos and emus as you journey though the Flinders Ranges.

Start: Gorge Road, Castambul End: Blinman

Transport:  Southaustraliantrails.com lists a range of options. Google Search Transport to the Mawson

Thank you to Josiah Skeats for mapping this journey.

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US$4.99

483 km Loop, Medium, Flat, Quiet Roads/Tracks, Sealed/Unsealed

Get away from it all. Ride on tracks and quiet country roads beside spectacular coastlines.

Expect fabulous scenery, not many people and delicious fish and chips. This ride suits the cyclist who enjoys peace and quiet but coffee addicts may be in withdrawal.

The official one-way Walk the Yorke (By Bike) route starts in the historic copper mining town of Moonta and ends in Port Wakefield.

There are few buses and taxis on the Peninsula and none of them take bikes. So the route we have mapped is a loop ride starting in Clinton passing through the quaint central town of Maitland and on to Balgowan on the West Coast.

Side trips are provided. Clinton to Port Wakefield goes via salt bush flats and the busy Yorke Highway for a number of kilometres.

A longer loop is also provided as a side trip. This loop takes you across the top of the Peninsula from Clinton to Moonta on a quiet unsealed road.

The Walk the Yorke trail can be impacted by sand drifts and track works. For the latest information and planning your trip please refer to

https://www.visityorkepeninsula.com.au/walk-the-yorke/trail-notes.

Thank you to the Yorke Peninsula Council for creating a wonderful trail and your support in supplying trail information.

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990 km One Way, Medium, Flat/Hilly, Roads/tracks,Sealed/Unsealed, Multi-day (1016km to Perth City)

Munda Biddi means path through the forest in the Noongar aboriginal language.

This trail gives you a wonderful experience of the Western Australian southern forests and coast line.

Cycle through the dry forests, ancient forests and beside slow flowing rivers. Marvel at the massive Karri forests and dare yourself to climb the 53 m Gloucester Tree. After riding for many days you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Southern Ocean. There are some great spots along the way for a refreshing swim or relax in the quiet of the Australian Bush.

Enjoy the hospitality of the small towns along the way and rest up in one of the many shelters provided in the more isolated areas. Note: Do not rely on water being in the shelters after a dry spell because tanks are replenished by rain only.

Some areas of the track have sections more suited to a mountain bike with steep gullies and soft sand called pea gravel. For the tour cyclist, Cyclewayz has provided alternative routes away from the pea gravel.

When planning your trip we recommend  the Mundi Biddi Foundation website https://www.mundabiddi.org.au. You will get local knowledge advice on what you need for your trip and current trail diversions.

We also recommend purchasing the  MBF maps as they provide a great overview of your cycle route.

Munda Biddi Trail Head :  Mundaring. Albany

Stations: Perth Central, Midland

Car Access: Numerous Towns

Shuttle Service:  https://www.mundabiddishuttle.com (Ph +61 474 774 600)

Thank you to End to Ender, Bernard for providing the route notes and photos.

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US$5.99

1623 km, One Way, Flat, Hard, Remote, Sealed/Unsealed, 18- 20 Days

This cycle journey takes you across the middle of Outback Australia from the Red Centre to Darwin. It is a best described by Cyclewayz rider Josiah, “The Australian Outback holds notoriety as a barren and hostile place. This reputation is almost completely spot on. But don’t let that fool you into thinking cycling across it would be dull. The earth painted rust-red, the giant termite mounds which pierce up through the ground (some dressed in clothes) and the colossal road trains which shake the world as they thunder past. I had worried about this initial fervour wearing off, but perhaps surprisingly, I never grew tired of the outback.

This ride takes you from Alice Springs To Darwin via the Stuart highway and beautiful Northern Territory National Parks. In outback terms, the Stuart Highway is well-provisioned. Villages and quirky roadhouses (some with traffic lights and alien sightings!) are spaced every 100 – 150 kilometres, and rest areas every 70-100 kilometres allowing weary cyclists to cower in their shade.

Devil’s Marbles sit on the landscape as if they have been dropped from the sky. Marvel at the gorges and the rock art in Nitmiluk NP.  The journey to Litchfield NP provides plenty of opportunities for a plunge into crystal clear waterholes beneath the magnificent spring-fed waterfalls of Florence and Wangi.

Then it is on to Darwin, Australia’s city of the Top End.

You will love this hot endless journey through the centre of Australia. Link to the Cyclewayz Red Centre Way and cycle out to Uluru.

Start: Alice Springs, Darwin

Transport: Alice Springs, Darwin Airport or Train

Thank you to Josiah Skeats for mapping this journey.

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1148 km, Loop, Flat, HARD, REMOTE, Sealed/Unsealed

(690 km One Way)

This ride takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery the Red Centre offers. The unsealed section can be badly corrugated and is remote so be prepared and carry lots of food and water in this section.

The West MacDonnells (Tjoritja to the indigenous owners) begin immediately out of Alice Springs and stretch west for 160 kilometres. Mountains, painted the typically rich-red of Central Australia rise on both sides of the road, not as separate and distinguishable mountain peaks, but instead as one formidable wave of rock and crag extending further than the eye can see. The West MacDonnell’s have many stunning red rock gorges that puncture the valley walls. Enjoy a swim in the surprisingly cold waterholes.

After riding 140 km of the rough, corrugated section of the Larapinta Drive the sealed road is a welcome sight. The walk around Watarrka (Kings Canyon) offers amazing views and the rock formations are breathtakingly beautiful.

Uluru (Ayers Rock) is THE icon of the Outback. It rises incongruously out of the desert plains and it will feel like you will never reach it because you can see it from so far away. The effort to get there, the days of anticipation, offers a sensation incomparable to arriving by car.

The side trip to the Kata Tjuta (Olgas) is a land of 36 steep monoliths thrusting out of the desert landscape. The Valley of the Winds Walk takes you past some impressive lookout points.

You can either fly home from Ayers Rock Airport or return via the Lasseter Highway to Alice Springs.

Start: Alice Springs or Ayers Rock Airport.

Thank you to Josiah Skeats for mapping this journey.

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2240km, Mostly Flat, Hilly in Flinders Ranges, sealed/unsealed, HARD and REMOTE!! 26-30 days

The open desert of the outback has a unique beauty unlike anywhere else in the world. Cycling here is a real challenge and will test your resilience. You will need to be experienced to tackle this fabulous route.

Start in Adelaide right on the beach and cycle through the Flinders ranges, Mawson Trail, Oodnadatta Track and finally on to Alice Springs in the centre of the Outback.

The Mawson Trail showcases everything the region North of Adelaide has to offer, such as the Flinders Ranges and Barossa winery region. This area with water and cycle paths lets you get fit before you take on the outback and its challenges. Enjoy the meandering route which seems to mimic the indecisive trail an ant might take. As you head north your fellow tourists will slowly change from civilised tourists enjoying the finer things in life to the hardy, dusty travellers of the outback.

The legendary 620 km Oodnadatta track traces the route of the Old Ghan railway line named after camels and handlers imported from Afghanistan in the 1800s. The 400 km section we travel on is unsealed, inhospitable and can be very hot and there is NOTHING out here:- no people, food, water — sometimes for 200 km. Josiah told us as finished this ride: ” When you reach Oodnadatta the welcome sign says it all ‘The driest town, of the driest state, of the driest continent.’ I still consider the Oodnadatta Track the most godforsaken place, but I also kind of miss it. Looking back, I might even allow that I enjoyed it!”

Beware that Marree to Oodnadatta and painted desert route via Cadney Homestead to Marla has little support and almost no water. Take care to be well supplied with food and water. Ask the locals for current conditions.

After Marla it is the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs with an optional side trip to Uluru which you can download if you have the energy for it!

Start: Adelaide, Alice Springs

Transport: Adelaide or Alice Springs Airport or Train

Thank you to Josiah Skeats for mapping this incredible journey.

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US$9.99

572 km Loop, Hard, Remote, Mountainous, Sealed/Unsealed Rough, 10 to 13 days

Cycling in East Timor is for the adventurous. The roads are a challenge, the temperature and humidity exhausting, and outside the capital city of Dili, shops are very poorly-provisioned. But for the cyclist who dares to come here, they will find themselves richly rewarded for their efforts.

Josiah’s Highlights:

Traditional village life. – Outside the capital, you will cycle through endless tiny villages. The people here are mostly farmers, living simply and in harmony with the land. You will pass traditional bamboo shacks with palm leaf roofs – if you’re lucky you will get invited to stay with a local family. You will cycle past women carrying firewood or pots of water on their head. These people live a unique and fascinating life, most likely so different from your own.

Friendly locals – So few tourists visit East Timor that the locals were very curious when they saw me. They were more shy than other countries in South East Asia, but always welcome and excited to share about their country and display their culture of hospitality. The Timorese people had to fight very hard for their independence which means they are very proud of their country.

Beautiful and varied scenery – around Maubisse, in the west, you will discover beautiful mountains which seem to stretch endlessly in every direction. In the east around Los Palos you will cycle through a grassy plateau with grazing cows and buffalo and horses. It feels a lush and peaceful place to live. The north and south coastline is dramatic, with the water displaying shades of blue, and a clarity, I never imagined possible.

Practical advice:

Ride the loop anti-clockwise. By heading towards Maubisse first, you will get the largest climb (1,900 metres) and the worst roads out of the way first, while you are fresh. The north of the country is more developed than the south.

Stock up on food in Dili. Outside the capital you will be heavily restricted by what is available in the shops. Most shops sell the essentials (cigarettes, petrol, alcohol), and in terms of food, instant noodles and biscuits. In the morning (and only in the morning), you will find fresh bread rolls, and doughnuts available in every village. I would recommend to buy rice and tinned food (vegetables, tuna etc.) in Dili for dinner.

For breakfast I would always eat fresh bread rolls or doughnuts, for lunch instant noodles or a cafe if available, and for dinner I would cook pasta/rice with tinned food. I would snack on bananas or biscuits available from village shops.

Toilets – I did not see any public toilets and had to ask people if I could use theirs. They never seemed to mind.

Water – You can buy (cold, refreshing) bottled water: 1.5 litre for $0.50. Alternatively, most villages had a well or water pump – this was not potable so recommended to carry a filter, purification tablets, or to boil it.

Ride early, finish late. The midday heat could be very harsh. Recommended to start riding early, and take a midday nap for a few hours.

I cycled the loop in 8 days due to time pressure. 9 – 10 days, including a rest day in the middle would have been better.

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The owners of Australian Cycling Holidays, Angela and Robert Mosley, understand what makes a cycle ride enjoyable, and this understanding is  reflected in the rides they have mapped for the Cyclewayz app. They believe in cycling the back roads – whether they be cycle paths, quiet back country roads, or rail trails. They love scenery — from wild beaches to majestic forests — and know that cycling is all about the journey with new experiences and fun challenges.

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