Family-friendly Cycling Tours
A cycling tour is something that the whole family can enjoy together!
Bunurong Tours VIC
This 4D/3N cycle tour showcases the Bass Coast and the Great Southern Rail Trails. Both are perfect for cycling with the family. This tour averages 32kms each day and so suits families with older kids or younger families who have cycled before. You will see the famous Phillip Island Bass Coast Beaches, the amazing Bass Coast Rail Trail with its huge trestle bridge and the wild coastal scenery of the Bunurong Reserve. On Day 3 you will transfer to the Great Southern Rail Trail which takes you through the lush green rolling country of Gippsland and arty country towns with wonderful fresh produce.
Bunurong Tours VIC
This is 3D/2N cycle tour allows you to explore the beautiful Bass Coast and Phillip Island. The route travels through Phillip Island on cycle paths and quiet roads and along the Westernport Cycle path to the stunning Bass Coast Rail trail the only Rail Trail in Australia that goes along the coast. It takes in nature reserves, art and crafts, fun parks, the wonderful century old Trestle Bridge and spectacular coastal scenery. At the end of your ride you can go underground at the Sate Coal Mine in Wonthaggi which is a great tour for the whole family. Cycling sections are 90% on bike paths, 10% on road. Distance: 62kms, Averaging 20 km/day
Escarpment Tours NSW
This 3D/2N cycle tour is the family-friendly version of the Grand Pacific Cycle Tour. It starts off very gently and is a little trickier by the 3rd day. You will start Thirroul and follow the coastal cycle path into Wollongong on the first day. On day 2, head out to see the Nan Tien Temple, and cycle around the shores of Lake Illawarra. On day 3, follow coastal tracks over headlands and along beaches to Kiama. It’s a great way to let your child experience the freedom of a cycling holiday, gradually increasing the distance and difficulty but with plenty of rewards along the way.
Cycle touring with the kids is a great way to see Australia and spend time together as a family. At Australian Cycling Holidays, we specialise in cycling tours specifically for families and kids. We’ve spent a lot of time finding and testing some beautiful cycling tours that are great for the whole family to enjoy.
The older kids love the challenge of navigating, exploring new areas, and helping the rest of the family to keep up.
Younger kids love the time spent with their parents, the satisfaction of being able to complete the cycle and the joy of making discoveries along the way.
We include all the information that you will need on our maps and ride notes – such as public toilets, cafes, restaurants and takeaways, as well as good places to take a break and suggested timings.
We are very cost-conscious when designing our family-friendly tours. Prices are quoted for a family of up to 2 adults and 2 kids up to 15 years of age. Additional children can be catered for, please contact us to discuss.
What does “Family Friendly Cycling Tour” mean?
We classify our tours as Family Friendly if they meet the following criteria:
- Total distance covered each day is no more than 25kms
- 75% or more of the tour is on off-road cycle paths.
- 90% or more of the tour is on cycle routes (this includes on quiet roads)
- Accommodation provides family rooms, and contains a playground or swimming pool for the kids.
Where it is necessary to pass along a busy road, and there is not a suitable footpath for cycling, we always advise walking the bikes on the grass or path rather than cycling on the road with children. These instances are kept to a minimum and will not exceed 500 metres at any one time.
Is your child ready for a cycling holiday?
For a child to cycle independently on one of our Family Friendly cycling tours, they must be able to:
- Cycle competently without training wheels.
- Be competent with the use handle-bar brakes (not back pedal brakes), and be able to stop on demand, including on hills.
- Navigate road-side paths and corners.
- Be aware of and able to comply with the basic rules of cycling, such as stopping at traffic lights and keeping to the left
If your child does not have this level of cycling competency, then they are too young to cycle independently. In these cases, you must hire a baby seat, a tag-along or a trailer for your child.
At the beginning of the tour, we will check each child’s ability. If your child is not able to meet these requirements, we will try and provide a tag-along if we have one free. However, please be aware that if we don’t have an alternative available, we cannot let the child cycle if they do not meet the above requirements.