Cycling in Noosa - from bush to beach
Cycle Noosa’s coastal and hinterland roads and trails and you’ll find yourself riding alongside the beautiful blue waters of the Coral Sea and Noosa River, on cool rainforest tracks, and roads that lead to mountain climbs and country cafes.
Mountain bikers, road racers, weekend riders, triathletes, gravel climbers, steel-framed aficionados, kids, families and those who haven't ridden for years all find a place to pedal in Noosa.
You can go your own way, join a guided tour with a local expert who’ll show you 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 Noosa.
Image: Main Beach, Noosa Heads
Noosa's terrain and stunning natural environment are perfect no matter what you’re looking for on two wheels – from beach to bush, from hinterland hills to scenic riverside routes, or take to the Girraween Criterium Cycling Track set in a beautiful nature reserve in Noosa Heads. See the Noosa Cycling and Walking Map for inspiration.
The eastern beaches from Sunshine Beach to Peregian Beach and beyond have miles and miles of open sand, 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.
Image: Noosa North Shore
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 beach riding, or head for the North Shore Wilderness Trail.
Image: Wooroi trails, Tewantin National Park
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.
Image: Noosa Trail Network
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 active, 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.
Image: Riding along the Noosa River
If you’re 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 easily hire mountain bikes, road bikes, electric bikes, fat-tyred beach bikes and even kids’ capsules and trailers.
Bike On Bike Hire has a range of quality road bikes and mountain bikes which they’ll set up for your requirements and deliver to your accommodation. Also talk to them for the best local tips on where to ride or info on local bunch rides, or join one of their guided mountain bike tours, with something for all riding and fitness levels – from the Behind the Beach to Off the Top mountain experience and Singletrack Thrillseeker extreme tour.
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 bike, or ride the surf beach trail with them.
Image: Riding the South Burnett Rail Trail
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.Noosa is also home to some wonderful cycling events that take you from quiet country roads to vintage rides, family fun and the excitement of the world’s largest triathlon event.
Noosa Strade Bianche, 11-12 August 2018: If retro is more your style, Noosa Strade Bianche is Australia’s
premier vintage cycling festival. ‘Strade bianche’ means ‘white road’ which refers to the gravel sections that lead to hinterland coffee houses and country
pubs on the three routes in this event which is just for steel-framed bikes. Ride (not race) on roads less travelled and through hinterland villages at
the perfect time of year for cycling.
The 33km Piccolo Fondo, 82km Medio Fondo or 135km Mark Dolan Gran Fondo provide challenging climbs and stunning views. There’s also a bicycle show and swap meet on Saturday 11 August, 9am to noon at Noosa Marina, Tewantin, overlooking Noosa River.
Noosa Classic, 26 August 2018:
The new Noosa Classic road cycling event traces a scenic and challenging route over quiet hinterland roads. There are three courses, the challenging 160km Maxi Classic, 120km Challenge Classic, and the 45km Social, a cruisy and casual experience that families and kids will love.
Starting in Tewantin, the routes will take riders through picturesque hinterland towns and will finish back in Noosa where you can kick back and relax with plenty of entertainment, dining and other fun.
Noosa Classic riders can also support a charity of their choice to contribute towards via the event.
Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival, 31 October - 4 November 2018:
Join amateur and professional cyclists from around the world at the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival, the largest triathlon event in the world, which also features cycling events including the Tour de Noosa Garth Prowd Ride and men’s and women’s criterium races.
Or just follow the 40km Noosa Tri course at any time of the year, from Noosa Heads, along the Noosa River, past Lake Macdonald and towards the hinterland town of Cooroy – it’s the perfect training ground.
Wherever your two wheels take you in Noosa, there’s always somewhere close by to refuel yourself - in laidback beachfront bars and restaurants, riverside
cafes, country pubs and boutique breweries. So if you love cycling, or would just love a new way to see Noosa, make time on your holiday for some cycling.
Main image (Noosa Trail Network); Noosa North Shore and Wooroi Trails - @tbsphotography
Noosa Heads and Noosa River: Paul Smith Images