This is a great ride as you can spin down to Mrs Macquarie’s chair, soak in the views of the bridge, Opera House and harbour and then go for a wander through the Botanic gardens. Technically there is no riding allowed in the gardens but you can walk through with your bike.
Did you know there is even a dedicated succulent and cacti garden housed in it’s own walled garden within the Botanic gardens? Check it out when you get a chance it’s fantastic.
On the recent Ride to Work day instead of joining in the festivities I decided to take my camera and photograph my ride to work.
The bike lanes were filling up, some were the regular riders I spot everyday and others were out for the first time (and loving every moment if the big smiles were anything to go by).
I love these quiet streets, mostly I am the only person using them.
Coolest house in Sydney.
A tiny part of a huge mulberry tree that is on a corner. Sometimes I spot school kids on each other’s shoulders snitching the berries off the tree.
Ironically a closed bike lane on Ride to Work day (it was only closed in the morning and only on that day).
There is this cool little lane that runs beside a community garden and a warehouse. The mural is a recent addition but I really like riding past the creatures each day.
The last one is looking back down the lane, it’s pedestrian and bicycle only and always makes me feel like their is an interconnected secret way around the city only known to cyclists.
From here it’s only a few streets and I’m at work. Sadly I missed the photos of the cats I normally see as they weren’t out that day. I’ll have to try and catch them another day.
Continuing our list of places to visit by bike, this one is close to the city and situated right on the cycleway.
Tucked away down to Woolloomooloo end of Bourke st is Sable and Argent. A cool boutique cycling store where you can grab a coffee and check out their wares.
Drop in next time you are down that way or take a spin down the cycleway to check them out.
Sable and Argent
85 Bourke St
Woolloomooloo, NSW, 2011
For anyone familiar with the coast ride down to Wollongong will know you go through Austinmer, admittedly it’s normally a flying visit as you swoop down past the beaches and climb back up and out again.
If you are looking for a shorter ride or a break to your long ride then take the time to look around. It’s a seaside village with a laid back atmosphere and some good food.
A good tip is take your bike on the train to waterfall and then start your ride from there. It makes for a much nicer ride (no city traffic to deal with) and gives you more time to explore along the way.