Perth's bike paths and scenic routes are an ideal way to see the city's sights and there are so many that are suitable for the whole family to enjoy.
If you have younger children, start their bike training at Hossack Reserve, Parkwood. This park features a fantastic bike track that is ideal for kids to discover important road rules in a safe environment.
There are full road markings and signs to ensure they learn how to cycle safely.
Once everybody is ready to go, start ticking these bicycle tracks off your list.
1. Kings Park
With diverse cycling routes, beautiful Kings Park is one of the most popular areas to enjoy a family bike ride during summer.
While riding around the iconic 400-hectare park, bigger than New York City’s Central Park, stop along the way to take in the remarkable views, wildlife, and the stunning botanical gardens.
And you can even have a rest without any stress - there is a multitude of playgrounds and fun activities that will keep the kids entertained while you relax.
Along your ride, pay a visit to the Synergy Parkland, DNA Tower, State War Memorial, take part in the treetop walk, or one of the nature trails. Riding around Kings Park is relatively easy using either a road, mountain or hybrid bike.
Facilities include toilets, water fountains, barbecues, cafes and kids’ playgrounds, so it’s an activity well suited to families with young children or teenagers.
2. Windan Bridge Loop
This route runs past the winding banks of the Swan River, Heirisson Island and urban East Perth.
You’ll see some spectacular parkland along the way and can make a pit-stop for a drink at one of the many cafes around the East Perth area.
At 6km it’s a fairly easy ride, popular with families and semi-professional riders.
If you’d like to add some more mileage, include the city loop to the Narrows Bridge or head to Garrett Road Bridge to extend this route to about 10km.
There are toilets and water fountains available at Victoria Gardens.
3. Herdsman Lake
The flat terrain of this track makes it ideal for novice riders.
Riding around the lake’s perimeter, you are surrounded by wildlife, particularly birds, and lots of trees to provide much-needed shade from the harsh sun during summer months.
The view to the freshwater lake makes it a scenic and peaceful ride, perfect for families keen to get out for some fresh air and connect with nature.
The simple loop is roughly 7km and toilets are available within the Herdsman Wildlife Centre and playgrounds. A road, mountain or hybrid bike is recommended for this track, which is great for all ages.
4. Cottesloe Beach
Perth is lucky enough to be the sunniest Australian capital, so take advantage of our good weather and enjoy a cycle along our famous coastline.
The picture-perfect ride along Cottesloe Beach is ideal for those warm summer afternoons when the sea breeze starts to roll in. While this circuit can be hilly at times, it can also be a leisurely ride if taken at your own pace.
Reward yourself with a refreshing dip after working up a sweat along the track.
It’s 5km from Cottesloe Beach to Leighton Beach, with barbecue areas and toilet stops along the way. On this ride you’ll see families, teens and professional riders.
5. Burns Beach
If you prefer the beach a little quieter to Cottesloe, Burns Beach is a great alternative. It's away from main roads, too, making it ideal for kids.
There are some challenging hills along the way but the views at various lookout points make it well worth the effort.
You’ll travel 9km from Burns Beach to Mullaloo Beach, passing many other cycling enthusiasts.
There are several toilet stops and drink fountains available, including at Burns Beach, Iluka foreshore, Ocean Reef Boat Harbour and Mullaloo Beach.
You can also find barbecues at Iluka foreshore and Mullaloo Beach for a pit stop, with several playgrounds for the kids to enjoy.
6. Whiteman Park
Across 4000 hectares of native bushland there are several kilometres of cycle paths that pass by many attractions such as Caversham Wildlife Park, transport museums and playgrounds.
Grab your mountain bike and some friends or family to explore the 5km loop.
There’s a cafe, barbecues, picnic shelters, playgrounds and more, so why not make a whole day trip out of it.
Fremantle is a great city for bike riding, as its main attractions such as the West End Precinct or Fishing Boat Harbour are all reasonably level and accessible by bike.
It’s easy to explore Freo on dedicated bike lanes and shared cycle paths – but if you’d rather tackle a longer ride, give the ride to Point Walter a go.
The 8.2 kilometre cycle track from Fremantle to Point Walter features playgrounds, cafes, jetties and popular swimming spots to cool off at in warmer months. Aside from a few short hills, the ride is quite flat and suitable for kids.
Begin on the north side of Fremantle Train Station, and you’ll pass The Left Bank, Red Herring and the Swan Yacht Club on the way. If you’d rather a shorter distance, begin the ride at East St Jetty.
The ride finishes at the southern end of Point Walter Reserve, a popular spot for family picnics.
8. Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail
Experience the impressive history of the Swan Valley while riding past parkland, wineries, galleries, fruit stalls and cafes.
The 12km trail, following West Swan Road, includes signs that describe the rich background of the valley, and is great for riders of all ages and abilities.
Make a pit stop to appreciate the fresh produce and organise a picnic or take a seat at one of the many cafes or restaurants to relax and unwind. Barbecues and toilets are available at Taylor Park.
A more connected WA
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