Phillip Island Bike Rides
One of the best ways to discover the hidden treasures on Phillip Island is by going on leisurely bike rides. With limited traffic on the roads, Phillip Island bike rides can be exhilarating, thrilling and satisfying. These rides are an opportunity to get more out of a holiday.
Bike Rides in Cowes
The fun multiplies when visitors enjoy beachfront cycling at Cowes. The Esplanade is a wonderful place to enjoy a nice bike ride and then cool off in the warm, azure waters. Of course, carrying picnic hamper is a plus, as the Esplanade is home to the Erehwon Point Playground and BBQ point. There are sheltered BBQs and seating areas that offer a mesmerising view of the Bay.
Other Rides on Phillip Island
Besides Cowes, Phillip Island has several biking tracks and most of them begin at A Maze ‘N’ Things. Each track varies in difficulty. In fact, some tracks require riders to climb or even use hybrid bikes. Some of the best rides on the Island include:
- Churchill Island – 20 kilometres
- A Maze ‘N’ Things to Newhaven – 24 kilometres
- The Rhyll Circuit – 18 kilometres
- Tour de Cowes West – Requires road bike and is 20 kilometres
- Oswin Roberts Reserve – Open just for mountain bikes and hybrids and is 8 kilometres long
- Phillip Island Circuit and Tour of Discovery – 80 kilometres
- Tour de San Remo – Just for road bikes and is 20 kilometres long
- Cowes West – Must use a road bike for the 18-kilometre stretch
Recommended Phillip Island Bike Rides
Here are some of the best Phillip Island bike rides that you should not miss when you come for a holiday.
Bush to Bay:
It is an amazing feeling to cycle 7 kilometres weaving through mangroves. It extends the Koala Conservation Centre to Rhyll and is a wonderful way to catch glimpses of rare migratory birds and wildlife.
Penguin Parade to Point Grant Carpark, The Nobbies:
Although a short ride, it offers amazing and panoramic views of the coast. If you like, you can cover this route on foot. It will take an hour.
This historic island offers two biking routes. One is a 5-kilometre long one that covers the beautifully landscaped gardens on the Island; and the second one runs for 2 kilometres through North Point Loop. There is no admission fee to access the tracks, but visitors do have to pay an entry fee for the homesteads and gardens.
Oswin Roberts Reserve:
This is the last remaining bushland on the Island. It has beautiful tracks that are made for wildlife observation. There are colour-coded loops are perfect for spotting the resident wildlife. The tracks begin at the Reserve’s car park, which is located off Harbison Road.
Conservation Hill and Rhyll Inlet:
This is the perfect Phillip Island bike ride if you are looking to spot rare birds hunting and perching among the mangroves. There are tracks of varying distances for walkers and cyclists, but all are looped tracks.