Feeling Adventurous? Why not plan an active outdoor adventure with a caravanning and camping holiday and take your trusty old bike for a ride and join the growing community of cyclists in Australia.
Whether you opt for advanced cycling technology, vintage style or the basic cycling, you'll discover cycle-friendly regions all over Australia.
Pedal out of town and take advantage of the excellent network of trails and tracks linking the diverse towns around the country. Exchange knowing nods with passing cyclists as you cruise regional bike tracks and trails. The great thing about cycling is you get to stumble upon sights unseen from the highways, and experience some of the most scenic unspoilt areas in Australia.
There are four main types of bike that you can buy, which can also be used for a cycling based camping holiday:
Mountain Bikes - originally made to go along rough mountain tracks, they have larger tyres with lots of grip, wide handlebars and lots of gears. These bikes are easy to ride and are ideal for using on rough ground.
Road Bikes / Racer Bikes – these bikes are generally very light and are made for speed cycling. They have very thin tyres, drop handlebars and is not ideal for tough terrains.
Touring Bikes - these bikes look almost the same as racing bikes but the difference is that they are stronger and can carry loads such as lightweight tents and camping equipment.
Hybrid Bikes - these bikes are designed as a middle ground between Mountain Bikes and Road Bikes, with a combination of speed and durability.
The great thing about cycling is it can be enjoyed individually or as a family event. Moms, dads and the kids can all enjoy being active together, just make sure you have the right equipment.
Here are some bikes & equipments for when you have the little ones:
- Child trailers are mini trailers that are towed behind the bike, giving your chile a nice chauffeured cycle. These trailers also protect your children from the sun, rain and wind.
- Baby and Child Seats can be fitted to the back or front of an adult bike and allow you to carry small children. A child is old enough for a child seat when able to sit up unsupported.
- Tag-a-long bikes are single wheeled bikes that clamp to the back of an adult bike allowing the child to be towed. These devices are a great way to teach your child how to ride as well as the rules of the road.
- Tandem bikes are basically long bikes with two seats. There are child versions with the rear seat being set for children. For older kids or adults there are adult tandems available and these can be lots of fun.
Once your child reaches 8 years or so, they will be able to ride a fair distance on their own bike. There are a range of bikes available for children with all the features of adult bikes such as gears and hi-tech brakes.
Lastly, be sure to follow the road rules and wear bright clothing when cycling. Helmets are compulsory, and night riders must affix a light to their bikes and wear reflective clothing.
Are you needing inspiration for your next caravanning and camping holiday? How about visiting the following caravan holiday parks:
Lake Sambell Caravan Park (Vic)
If you enjoy cycling, then you have to visit North East Victoria, the cycling capital of Victoria. Situated only minutes away from the centre of Historic Beechworth, Lake Sambell Caravan Park is the perfect base for you while on a caravanning holiday in the region.
With 14 fully self contained Ensuite Cabins, 6 On-Site Caravans and shaded Powered or Un-powered campsites, you'll have plenty of accommodation options to choose from. The kids also have lots of room to ride their bikes safely and you are within easy access to the Rail Trail.
The great thing is, the park also has a range of mountain bikes available for hire. All bikes come with a helmet, pump, spare tube, tyre levers and a multi tool kit.
Belair National Park Caravan Park (SA)
Belair National Park Caravan Park is located only 15 minutes from the townships of both Unley and Stirling, offering picturesque surrounds and easy access to walking as well as cycling trails.
With a range of accommodation options, this caravan holiday park is an ideal spot from which to explore the Barossa Valley and Adelaide hills.
Guests may choose to explore the many walking trails located within the national park, play a round of golf at the Belair National Park Golf Course, or just sit back and relax by the pool, forgetting that the city is only 25 minutes away.
Bike riding is permitted in the Belair National Park however you are asked to keep to the bitumen roads and not to ride on walking tracks.
BIG4 Cania Gorge Caravan and Tourist Park (Qld)
In Central Queensland, you'll find caravan holiday park offering a ‘get back to nature’ holiday experience, the Cania Gorge Caravan and Tourist Park.
170 kms southwest of Gladstone, this tourist park has nature-a-plenty with the spectacular landscape of the Cania Gorge National Park nearby.
Gorge Caravan and Tourist Park is not only for caravan and camping
enthusiasts, it also offers a range of alternative accommodation including villas, cabins, units and bunkhouses.
The park also provides bicycle hire, has a tennis
court, three swimming pools, par three nine hole golf
course, two jumping pillows and the newly opened Events
Room catering for Corporate or Family functions.