Gold Coast Bike Riding
Gold Coast bike riding along the beach pathways is an oft favoured activity for both locals and holiday visitors.
You'll enjoy fabulous beach views, and the mostly flat terrain makes it very easy to ride a bike.
However, there are more than 600 kilometres of bikeways on the Gold Coast, and many other Gold Coast bike riding options other than just following the beach pathways - stunning though they are.
If you're seriously wanting to explore the Gold Coast on wheels - and not just follow the coastal bike pathways - an excellent resource is Bob's Bike Book of the Gold Coast City.
This book is distributed through most local bike shops and some bookstores for around $20, and has maps and details of more than 100 rides of varying lengths around the Gold Coast.
Gold Coast Cycling CentreThe Gold Coast Cycling Centre incorporates a velodrome circuit which is built to national standards and includes 3 criterium circuits (which, in layperson’s terms, are wide, sealed, road tracks that are open only to cyclists).
Use of these facilities is free to the public in daylight hours, except when cycling events are held. The circuits may also be used at night, however there is a charge to cover the cost of lighting.
The velodrome location is Hope St, Nerang - refer to the map on the right. Tel 07-5581 6010.
Couran Cove Resort
For a great day's outing, take a day trip over to South Stradbroke Island, and explore the forest trails and paths that wind their way around the nature resort at Couran Cove.
The resort encourages conservation and ecotourism activities, and has over a thousand bikes of all shapes and sizes for guests to get around the ~150 hectare resort, and to explore the island.
The bike hire cost is negligible - only $5.50 for half a day - however the return ferry transfer costs are more considerable, at $49 return for adults & kids 15+, and $27 return for pensioners & kids 3-14 years.
You'll also want to explore and enjoy some of the resort's other activities, so bring your beach gear with you. Contact Couran Cove: Tel 1800 268 726 or 07-5509 3000.
If you're interested in doing some serious off-road biking, check out our information on Gold Coast mountain bike riding and tours.
Finally, if you're interested in Gold Coast bike hire or beachfront bike pathways check out our information regarding the range of hire bikes available for rent, including beach cruisers, mountain bikes, tandem bikes.
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