We have been cycling with our three boys since they were able to sit in a bike trailer. Newcastle is full of some of the most beautiful and fun bike paths to suit any cyclists – from little ones just beginning on their biking adventures to those kids who want some challenge and fitness.
Depending on the fitness and age of your children, you can either cycle to the start of each path. (which may be a trip on its own) or drive to the start. Here is a list of some of our favourite paved paths and mountain bike trails.
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Nobbys Break Wall
For the little ones, we start this ride from Nobbys Beach. It is an easy flat bike path which is flat and boasts the most amazing ocean views. Ride to the end of the break wall and back is a perfect ride for the wee ones. Just make sure it is not a windy day.
Throsby Creek Path
It’s great to start this ride near the Newcastle Fish Market in Wickham and ride along the paved path away from Newcastle CBD to end up at Islington Park where there is a fun playground. This flat paved path meanders beside the Throsby Creek and has a short area of boardwalk under one of the bridges.
For those with younger kids, it’s good to park at Whitebridge (at the old Whitebridge train station where there are toilets) then head towards Newcastle. This paved path has bushland on either side and spans from Brunker Road train station all the way to Belmont. It peaks at Whitebridge with gradual descents toward Newcastle and Belmont. This track is fun for young riders. Older kids can test their fitness by completing the whole path. Warning – there are fast cyclists on this path. Please keep to the left side to avoid accidents. More info
Harbour Foreshore Path
Park beside Queen’s Wharf and head along the path toward Honeysuckle. This is an easy short flat ride with pretty views of the harbour and ice cream stops along the way! You may even see a tugboat or a coal ship.
This mountain bike trail starts at Gun Club Rd, Highfields (near the water tower and pass over the gates). Take the gravel road with younger kids or for more experienced mountain bike riders, follow one of many single tracks leading from the main Gun Club Road. If you decide to stay on the main fire road, you will have to come back the way you came.
Warners Bay to Speers Point
Part of a larger shared pathway from Croudace Bay to Speers Point, an ideal family bike track is from Warners Bay to Speers Point. If you don’t live close by, you can park anywhere between Speers Point Park and Warners Bay. This flat path follows the shore of the beautiful Lake Macquarie and is a fully paved shared path. It’s great to end up at Speers Point Park so the kids can have a play. More info
Wallsend to Glendale (Tramway Track)
This is a shared bike and walking path which follows rolling hills with beautiful countryside scenery from Wallsend to the TAFE at Glendale. Begin this path at the corner of Third St and Turrama Street. This path may present a challenge for little ones because of its hilly terrain. More info
Holmesville Mountain Bike tracks
Begin this path at the Kevin Evans Oval on Appletree Rd in Holmesville, then head west on. The gravel road travels alongside the oval until it opens up to a network of marked mountain bike trails. This a fantastic set of easy, fun and twisty mountain bike trails.
Handy tips when cycling with kids
- Use your bicycle bell (like a Beep Bell) to let walkers and other cyclists know you are coming
- Make sure you pack snacks and water
- Always encourage your kids to cycle on the left side of the path
- Take regular breaks at interesting spots i.e playground or park
- Make it fun and don’t push them too hard.
Do you have any other recommendations for family bike trails? Email Newy with Kids with your suggestions.
Jana Lindström is the founder of Beep Bells & Baskets, a Newcastle-based business which creates unique accessories for bikes, trikes and scooters. She believes outdoor adventure, whether big or small, is the key to a happy life. Her three active boys who surf, swim and bike every day are her inspiration to create fun and functional outdoor accessories for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.