On Two Wheels In Parramatta

By Marie-Antoinette Issa

Whether it’s your preferred form of exercise, a quick trip to avoid peak hour traffic or the opportunity to take advantage of cycling routes to greater Sydney, jump on your bike and go riding in and around Parramatta.

Please remember cyclists should respect road rules, wear protective head gear and take responsibility for their own safety.

Parramatta Park

At a very manageable 3.2 kilometres (approximately half the size of Sydney’s Centennial Park), this route is loop around Parramatta Park.

While the main track is shared with both pedestrians and cars, there is a dedicated bicycle lane for cyclists to spin their way down. The track itself is relatively easy and undulating as it passes historic buildings like Old Government House and the Dairy Cottage, as well as the Boer War Memorial, The Crescent and the Parramatta River. 

Within the park, Long Avenue (a 600-metre path running parallel to Domain Creek) is ideal for even less-experienced riders and kids, as it is separated from the internal road and only accessible by authorised vehicles.

Parramatta park cyclist

Parramatta Park cyclist. Image: Mark Bowyer

Parramatta Heritage Ride

It’s no secret that Parramatta is home to a rich chapter of Australian history and the Parramatta Heritage Ride offers a modern opportunity to uncover a little more about this past.

Official tours are available (see the Parramatta Visitor Centre for more information), but it’s almost as easy to navigate alone. One of the most popular routes starts at the Macquarie Street Gatehouse, passes by the Dairy Precinct, Jail and Old Government House and finishes back at Centenary Square and Town Hall. View the City of Parramatta's CBD cycling map and Heritage Rides map here. 

Parramatta Valley Cycleway

The Parramatta Valley Cycleway is a 15-kilometre-long path shared by both cyclists and pedestrians. It’s so popular it’s been estimated that up to 1000 keen cyclists use this track daily. The Valley Cycleway starts at Morrison Bay Park in Ryde and heads west through the Ermington Nature Reserve and along the River foreshore to the Parramatta CBD. A tunnel underpass through Lennox Bridge links the cycle way to Parramatta Park (avoiding the need to carry your bike up the Church Street steps) and particularly keen riders can complete their trip with a lap of Parramatta Park.

Completed in 2017, the Subiaco Link makes it possible to cycle (and walk) away from traffic for almost 20km on an offroad path network between Parramatta Park and Sydney Olympic Park via Parramatta CBD and the Western Sydney University campus.

Parramatta River Foreshore

Parramatta River Foreshore. Image: Carla Dibbs

Subiaco Creek Link

Subiaco Creek Link

Cyclists at Baludarri Wetland

Cyclists at Baludarri Wetland. Image: George Gittany

Sydney Olympic Park

With more than 35 kilometres of cycle ways for safe bike riding, Sydney Olympic Park is ideal for cyclists of all skill levels. All circuits are free and close to facilities such as playgrounds, picnic areas, drinking stations and toilets. Some of the most popular routes include the 7.5 kilometre Olympic Circuit (starting within the Town Centre and travelling past iconic Olympic venues like ANZ Stadium, the Olympic Cauldron and Cathy Freeman Park), the 11 kilometre River Heritage Circuit (running along the scenic Parramatta River, the naval heritage precinct of Newington Amory and up the spiral trail of the Haslam’s Creek Marker for panoramic views of the entire Park) and The Parklands Circuit (beginning in Bicentennial Park, along the edge of Lake Belvedere and finishing in Waterbird Refuge).

T-Way Cycleway

An almost completely off-road cycleway that travels alongside the T-way bus route and Old Windsor Road, this bike path heads northwest through Constitution Hill, Old Toongabbie, Seven Hill and Norwest all the way to Windsor. For riders keen for a longer and peaceful day out, this might be the path for you. 

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