Over the space of a few short years, cycling in Australia has massively risen in prominence. While Australia may have had cyclists at the Tour de France since 1914, it’s the work of road cycling legends like Cadel Evans, Richie Porte and Caleb Ewan that have really thrust the nation into the cycling spotlight.

If you’re thinking of a spot of cycling in Australia and are planning a trip, you’re probably wondering where to start. Australia is a vast country, with massive drive/fly times between cities, so knowing the best destination for you can be tricky.

Map of Australia

Here are a few starting suggestions:

  • Melbourne – famous for coffee but also classic rides like the Beach Road and Arthur’s Seat. 
  • Ballarat, near Melbourne, has been host to the Australian Road National Championships more times than any other place in Australia. You might also like our article on cycling nearby Geelong (home to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race), where to cycle in the state of Victoria and guide to Peaks Challenge Falls Creek. There are some great cycling locations that aren’t Melbourne.
  • Adelaide – this is the base for the Tour Down Under, the first race of the World Tour season. You can reach the Adelaide Hills within 30 minutes ride time from the city.  
  • Tasmania – home to Richie Porte as well as rainforests, beautiful bays and some great climbs.

We hope to bring you guides to Adelaide and Tasmania soon!

Finally, our guide to cycling in/around Sydney might come in handy. Since there are so many international flights to Sydney, we hope it will help any of you keen cyclists heading there.

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