Calling all bike lovers from across the world! For the entire month of October, Sydney, Australia is the place to be if you are obsessed with anything to do with cycles. The four week festival, which is held from October 3-29, hosts over 30 events for people of all ages and talents. Whether you just graduated from training wheels or are an expert on all bike models, the Sydney Rides Festival is your one-stop shop for an entire month out of the year.
Family-friendly events include art series, exquisite food vendors and several group rides throughout the city of Sydney. Enjoy a variety of distances in a traffic-free ride across the beautiful Harbour Bridge during the Spring Cycle on October 15. Let your spooky side out on Oct. 28 during the Light the City twilight ride which concludes the event at Macquarie’s Point for a Halloween-inspired celebration.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Sydney Rides Festival features several rider-friendly events for all! Love chocolate? Make sure to check out the Chocolate and Foodie Rides on Oct. 14 and 21. Want to learn how to tune-up your own bike? Then head over to the Mechanics Challenge on Oct. 27. If you’re single and ready to mingle, a round of Cycle Speed Dating awaits on Oct. 28. Before you dive into any of these fun-filled events, don’t miss out on the Big Adventure day on Oct. 7. Sydney Park will be jumping with biking, dancing, running and free yoga sessions all day long.
Get a little creative with the kids with face painting stations and helmet design zones. Live music and a wide-range of food will be served throughout the entire festival. If you are a natural explorer, make sure to check out Sydney’s guided ride for a weekly tour of the city’s hidden gems and secret spots!
“Celebrate the two-wheeled activity of bicycling during a month-long festival that delves into the entertaining aspects of art, food and music.”
One of the greatest parts about this festival is that there is no set location. Each event is held in a variety of places across the city of Sydney. Although there is no set starting point, the layout of each event is biker friendly within a 15 mile radius. Best of all, each event is free of charge! Just make sure to bring some cash to try out some of the awesome food vendors. Check out the festival’s complete itinerary to plan your trip accordingly.
After all, this is a biking event so using your two-wheeler should be your number one option! Nevertheless Sydney offers other modes of transportation to fit your needs.
If you are looking to check out a little more of the city, train rides, buses and ferry services cover the majority of the metropolitan area. Although some of the city is slightly congested, driving is not a bad alternative either. Additionally, the central business district and several points around the harbour contain the most tourist attractions.
If you are looking to stay as close as possible to the majority of the event locations, you are going to want to choose something around Sydney 2000. This will leave you close to the harbours, Royal Botanic Gardens and Hyde Park. Rad Season Travel has dozens of lodging options in this location.
Whether it’s your first time or 100th, Sydney has loads of activities for those of all ages and group sizes.
During the month long Rides Festival, chances are you will most likely want to check out other attractions. Make sure to head on over to the Sydney Aquarium and Taronga Zoo or climb the bridge for a breathtaking view of the city.
Don’t forget to visit the world famous Sydney Opera House with it’s distinctive sail-like design. The Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus service is a great way to discover the city on an all-around guided tour.
Plan out your trip in advance and book a vacation of a lifetime before enjoying days on end of endless cycling!