Perth has a great network of cycle paths, making for loads of kid-friendly spots for a family bike ride! Cycling in Perth is lots of fun – whether you enjoy cruising along the river, peddling up the coast or mountain biking through the rugged Perth Hills.
Don’t have a bike rack on your car? That’s ok! Take your bikes on Transperth trains during off peak times, weekends and public holidays. Bikes are permitted anytime on Transperth Ferries, making it easy to head into the city for a bike ride around the Swan River, if you live close to a train line. Check out the Buggybuddys guide to cycling with kids in Perth…
A great place to begin a family bike ride is around the Swan River – an easy and mostly flat ride along the water. There are plenty of places to stop along the way – cafes, parks, playgrounds and landmarks – from Elizabeth Quay, to the South Perth Foreshore, Claisebrook Cove, and the Chevron parkland at Optus Stadium. Read the Buggybuddys review on the Chevron Parklands area here.
Kings Park has loads of cycle paths through its beautiful bushland. Cycling is permitted on all main roads and along designated shared use pedestrian/cycle paths. Cycling is not permitted on Law Walk, the State War Memorial Precinct, the Bushland Nature Trail or in any bushland area without designated hard-surface pedestrian/cycle paths. Bike racks are located around the park and Spinway WA provide automated adult bike hire at Kings Park. Read the Buggybuddys guide to Kings Park here.
There’s plenty of birdlife to spot at this nature packed place close to the city! A cycle around lake Monger is about a 3.5kms loop. Making it easy for little ones to scoot and peddle the whole way round, stopping at a playground or two along the way. Read the Buggybuddys review here.
Hit the West Coast Drive Coastal Walk footpath in the northern beaches! Grab a take away coffee, while the kids ride scooters or bikes! It’s a cheap and easy activity for the family, wherever you are in Perth – the coastal walking path stretches all the way up the west coast from Munster (south of Fremantle) to Burns Beach in the north. Read the Buggybuddys review on the Waterman’s Bay area here.
Follow the bike trail from Fremantle to Point Walter, which starts at Fremantle Train Station. The leisurely cycle is just over 8km, finishing up with a paddle on the river beach. Or keep it a little shorter, turning around at John Tonkin Reserve, near to Zephyr Café and The Left Bank. Read the Buggybuddys review here.
The Perth Hills has many bike trails in the Mundaring and Kalamunda areas – many of them suited best for experienced mountain bike users. A 12km mountain bike trail network is found in native bushland at Lake Leschenaultia. This includes 9 trails from 540m to 1.9km long and ranging in difficulty. Read the Buggybuddys review of Lake Lesch here.
A cycle around Lake Joondalup is a long 16km loop, though relatively flat. If you have little ones, start at the Ocean Reef Rd entrance and ride to Neil Hawkins Park. The metropolitan bushland of Yellagonga Regional Park is packed with water birds, kangaroos, turtles and watch out for the tiger snakes and dugites in summer! See the lake views on the boardwalk at Neil Hawkins Park, which is a great spot to enjoy a family BBQ or picnic by the playground. Read the Buggybuddys review here.
Rotto is the perfect place for pedal power! Along the quiet roads there are plenty of beaches to stop for a swim. It’s worth noting there aren’t a lot of water fountains around the Island, so be sure to take plenty of refreshment with you, as well as snacks. It can be a little hilly in places, so prepare yourself for a walking up hills and lots of tired little legs! Read the Buggybuddys review here.
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