Cycling in the Top End

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Cycling in the Top End

Beautiful close up scene of bicycle at sunset sun on blue sky with vintage colors silhouette of bike forward to sun wonderful rural area of Darwin

One of the best ways to explore the Top End is on two wheels, wind rushing through your hair under the bright blue sky. Cycling in the Top End is one of the best ways to explore.

There’s lots of things to see on a ride. Better yet, you get to experience it all at your own pace. There are also some great cycle tours to take.

Even if you don’t ride often you can take a tour through some gentle and beautiful areas on a range of mountain bikes, tandem bikes and road bikes. There’s something for everyone.

For families who prefer gentle concreted paths to beginner mountain bikers looking for an off-road challenge and adrenaline seeking single track riders. Ride through the picturesque landscape of rolling hills, laid back villages, spectacular coastal views and breathe deeply of that crisp and fresh coastal air.

You have lots of options on a ride in the Top End,  let your interests guide you. You could plan a trip to see some of the local produce being made or you could stop by all the local art galleries.

You could take a coastal route with uninterrupted views out to sea, or plan a gentle ride through the laid back city of Darwin itself. Make sure you plan to stop off for a casual meal at one of the fantastic hip café’s where the coffee is sublime, or plan to end your trip at one of the fine dining establishments scattered throughout the region.

For bike hire, try Mantra on the Esplanade (08 8943 4333), located where you’d expect at number 88, or The Scooter Shop located at 9 Daly Street (08 8941 2434). Casuarina has a great bikeway with exercise stations posted along. You'll ride past beautiful foreshore scenery, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and of course the shady casuarina trees.

Take the path all the way out to the East Point peninsula and stop in at the Darwin Military Museum while you’re there. Pee Wee’s at the Point is a great place for lunch, too! The Esplanade that runs past Bicentennial park has a range of great, short trails that can link into a longer ride. Take a ride from Fannie Bay down through Darwin and eventually to the Wharf and the Darwin Convention Centre.

As you’d expect there are some great fish-and-chips to be had there too. The path from Rapid Creek Bridge to Dripstone Park takes you through the sandy beaches, sandstone cliffs and shady casuarina trees on the estuaries of the Casuarina Coastal Reserve. For the more adventurous types, head to the Charles Darwin National Park for a mountain biking adventure.