Best places to ride in Aus

contador7
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:57 am

Best places to ride in Aus

Postby contador7 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:06 am

Hi there!

I'll be coming to Australia from Europe soon. I'd like to keep doing road cycling while in here so, I would like to ask which places do you think are best for road cycling? Meaning quality of the road, not many cars, some climbs, etc.

I will be coming on a work visa but with no work so I'm free to move places according to suggestions, that's why I'm asking for recommendations!

Only thing I know about cycling & australia is the tour down under so any help would be greatly appreciated, as well as how to find clubs/ group rides within the area, etc.

Many thanks!

g-boaf
Posts: 8796
Joined: Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:11 pm

Re: Best places to ride in Aus

Postby g-boaf » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:42 am

contador7 wrote:Hi there!

I'll be coming to Australia from Europe soon. I'd like to keep doing road cycling while in here so, I would like to ask which places do you think are best for road cycling? Meaning quality of the road, not many cars, some climbs, etc.

I will be coming on a work visa but with no work so I'm free to move places according to suggestions, that's why I'm asking for recommendations!

Only thing I know about cycling & australia is the tour down under so any help would be greatly appreciated, as well as how to find clubs/ group rides within the area, etc.

Many thanks!


If you can make it down to Thredbo (drive), ride the Alpine Way from Thredbo out to Khancoban and back. If you are used to European climbs then this will be no trouble for you. Around 150km, 4200m+. There are cars, but not that many. Road quality is okay, but not as good as the European climbs I did recently (Gardena, Sella, Lavaze, Valles, Costalunga, Penserjoch, Renon Plateau, etc). There are a lot more potholes here in comparison and the roads are often a real patchwork of different surfaces. Those ones I mentioned in Europe felt so smooth in comparison to here.

Otherwise, we'd need to know what city you'll be in.

User avatar
jules21
Posts: 10331
Joined: Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:14 pm
Location: deep in the pain cave

Re: Best places to ride in Aus

Postby jules21 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:24 am

it depends where you are coming to. Australia is pretty big, although you'll hear that helpful advice from every 2nd Aussie when you get here. if you are coming to Melbourne, there is no 'good' riding as it's a busy city with too many cars. but within riding distance are the northern hills, extending from Eltham out to Kinglake and beyond. out east are the Dandenong Ranges, which have heaps of routes, some with busier traffic than others.

if you are willing to venture beyond Melbourne, there is no limit on riding options. the best riding is in the Alpine region - which extends north into NSW and g-boaf described. an ideal location to base yourself in Vic is the town of Bright, from where you can easily reach the mountains of Hotham, Falls Creek and Buffalo. low traffic and tons of options.

Bright Velo, a cafe in Bright operated by a former champion, holds bunch rides. you will find the details at the cafe.

g-boaf
Posts: 8796
Joined: Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:11 pm

Re: Best places to ride in Aus

Postby g-boaf » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:14 am

Oh yes, the traffic here will be really aggressive compared to what is in Europe.

I think Bright does sound like the best option as Jules mentioned if you can get there. Another option south of Sydney is Berry (look up Queen Street, Berry on Google maps).

A good option for staying there if you need to is Berry Inn- comfortable rooms and you can ride Berry Mountain, Wattamolah and back to Berry loop or even head out to Fitzroy Falls. The road quality down there is terrible in my opinion with seriously bad potholes and broken up road surface or worse, gravel/dirt surface in other places. But the climbs are good though and the descent back into Berry from Woodhill is very fast. But it is a great place for training rides because you only ride about 2-3km from Berry and you are already at the start of the climbs. If I ride down there I book a room and stay for the weekend.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users