Cycling's momentum is increasing, and it's rapidly becoming one of the most popular ways for leisure makers and tourists alike to experience the stunning Australian country.
The key to a good bike ride is the right gear and the right route. Take a look at this rundown of some of Australia's greatest cycling destinations.
The Mawson Trail
This 900km trail runs from the heart of Adelaide through the Flinders Ranges, making it the perfect scenic ride for anyone starting long distance off-roading in South Australia. It's been specifically designed for mountain bikes and is environmentally friendly, made up mostly of existing dirt roads and farm tracks.
Wine lovers will love the opportunity to combine a ride with a drop or two of their favourite beverage, as the route runs through the Adelaide Hills and Barossa and Clare Valleys. These are some of our country's best wine regions and make the perfect pit stop on your cycle tour - enjoy responsibly!
When you think about Thredbo you don't automatically consider it to be a mountain biking destination, but it has plenty to offer to both hobbyists and more dedicated riders. The Snowy Mountains are the perfect place to pedal away your woes.
There are many easy valley and village trails for riders who like to cruise, while adrenalin junkies will be more than satisfied with the more adventurous trails at the top of the mountains. The Thredbo Downhill runs are transformed into downhill mountain biking routes each year, and the convenient chairlift makes it easy to get back to the top for another ride down. For an intermediate ride, try the new Kosciuszko Flow Track.
Remember! Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Before you leave on your trip make sure you've done a rundown of everything you'll need - include lots of fluids, a puncture repair kit and pump, sunscreen and the other essentials. Plan your route thoroughly and allow yourself plenty of time to complete it to allow for unplanned delays.