Newcastle Cycling Routes

Newcastle's Best Cycling Routes

Looking for a route that explores the natural beauty and unique cycling attributes of Newcastle? Livelo has mapped out a selection of the best options to suit a wide variety of riders and riding opportunities.

Of course, the routes are just recommendations, please use judgment in selecting your riding route and always ride within your limits and to the road conditions of the day.

Enjoy your ride in Newcastle and do let us know if we can assist you with a rental bike, a guide to ride with you, or any additional information.

Beach and Fernleigh Track Ride (46.13km / 28.66mi) - 2hr

Make the most of your ride with this route to Belmont on the edge of Lake Macquarie. The Fernleigh Track is an abandoned coal rail line that has been refurbished with a great path and a nice with a steady increment. When you get to Belmont you can follow the trail south to Swansea and enjoy the beautiful aqua water where the ocean and lake meet. 

See route here or click the map below.


Newcastle to Mt.Sugarloaf Ride (60.94km / 37.86mi) - 2.5hr

Tackle this challenging route alone or with friends! You will start your ride on a route through Newcastle and its historic western suburbs you begin a scenic climb of 370m on Mt.Sugarloaf. The road is generally free of cars and the view from the summit is spectacular.

See route here or click the map below.

Lake Macquarie Loop (170.86km / 106.16mi) - 7hr

It's a big day out. 170km of scenic riding from Newcastle to Belmont and beyond as you track the edge of beautiful Lake Macquarie.

The ride from Newcastle to Belmont follows the Fernleigh Track, a refurbished abandoned coal rail line with a steady increment that is a fine way to warm up for the many miles to come.

Upon arrival at Belmont, you ride north via the picturesque bushland of Green Point. The ride stays mostly flat as you follow the edge of Lake Macquarie for the next 80kms of riding.

If you wish to reduce the total number of miles, ride as far as Speers Point for a selfie and then turn around head back to Warners Bay where you can enjoy some fine fish and chips and a scenic lake-side lunch.

Then is back to Belmont and onto the Fernleigh Track for the ride back to Newcastle and its beaches, where the perfect post-ride wind down awaits.

See route here or click the map below.