This page contains several maps and guides for recreational cycling around the Perth metropolitan area, including Kings Park, Yellagonga Regional Park, Swan Valley, and the Perth Hills. It also contains information on cycling to see the Christmas lights.
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City to the sea
The city-to-sea "greenway" is a shared path for cycling and walking that follows a series of reserves and park land from the Perth train station to City Beach. The route is approximately 12 km long and takes about 45 min to complete at a leisurely pace.
Please download the fact sheet below for more information on the landmarks along the way. The Ride from the city to the sea guide below also provides a step-by-step guide and map of the route.
The eastern region of Perth is popular among recreational cyclists, and is made up for 3 main precincts:
- Eastern part of the Swan River
- Swan Valley
- Perth Hills
The Cycle Perth's Eastern Region series of guides provide useful information for each of the 3 precincts. It is a collaborative project involving:
- Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC)
- Mundaring Tourism Association
- Department of Transport
- Department of Sport and Recreation
- Tourism Western Australia
You can download the comprehensive 64-page guide from the Perth Tourism website link below.
Heritage trails - in and around Perth
A number of local governments throughout Western Australia have developed walking and cycling routes that feature places of historical interest.
Information on the following trails can be found at the websites below.
- Claremont Heritage Trail (2.5 km to 20 km)
- Como Heritage Trail (5 km)
- East Fremantle Heritage Trail (7 km)
- Fremantle Heritage Trail (10 km)
- Kattamordo Heritage Trail (27 km)
- South Perth Heritage Trail (8 km)
- Swan River Heritage Trail (15 km).
Kings Park and Botanic Garden remains a favourite recreational destination among both residents and visitors to Perth. There are number of cycling trails to explore within the park, as well as many that lead to the park from surrounding areas.
Your bicycle ride does not need to begin when you arrive in the park. You could integrate part of your journey into it as well. The Ride to the Park guide provides information and a map of 7 bicycle routes to Kings Park from:
- Shenton Park Train Station
- Daglish Train Station
- Subiaco Train Station
- City West Train Station
- Perth Train Station
- Esplanade Train Station
- Kwinana Freeway.
The Perth and Kings Park by bike guide also covers the shared paths in and around Kings Park and along the banks of the Perth section of the Swan River.
The Perth Hills is a popular area for group training rides, particularly during spring. The quiet roads, steep gradients and beautiful scenery make an ideal training ground for competitive riders.
The Ride through the Hills guide describes 3 scenic routes through the Darling Range, on the eastern edge of the Perth metropolitan area:
- Midland–Mundaring Weir Loop
- Kalamunda–Bickley Loop
- Armadale–Roleystone–Dams Loop.
The Cycle Perth's Eastern Region series also provides 2 guides of the Perth Hills. The Perth Hills ride guide covers on-road bicycle routes around the Shires of Kalamunda and Mundaring. The Mountain bike rides guide covers mountain bike trails in a loop starting and ending in Midland.
Perth recreational routes
The Perth metropolitan area has many wonderful recreational routes, which conveniently start and finish at places such as railway stations, shopping centres and car parks.
The fact sheet below highlights the best of Perth on some of these routes.
This small holiday island lies 19 km off the coast of Fremantle and is ideal to explore by bicycle because private vehicles are not permitted on its roads.
Visit the Rottnest Island website below for all details on how to get around Rottnest.
Take the Sunset Coast route with the glorious Indian Ocean as a backdrop. Some of the sights along the route include:
- Sorrento Quay
- Scarborough Beach
- Cottesloe Boardwalk
- Coogee park lands
The 55km ride can be completed in either a southerly or northerly direction. However, for most of the year, the prevailing wind makes riding southwards more difficult.
Please download the Ride along the Sunset Coast guide below for more details about the 8 sections of the route:
- Burns Beach to Mullaloo
- Mullaloo to Sorrento Beach
- Sorrento Beach to Trigg Island
- Trigg Island to City Beach
- City Beach to Cottesloe
- Cottesloe to Fremantle
- Fremantle to South Beach
- South Beach to Woodman Point
Swan and Canning rivers
A 50km circuit the Ride around the rivers route goes around the Swan and Canning rivers using mostly shared pathways and minor roads. It is divided into 12 sections that are suitable for both recreational and competitive cyclists:
- Causeway to Narrows Bridge
- Narrows Bridge to Nedlands
- Nedlands to Mosman Park
- Mosman Park to Fremantle
- Fremantle to Point Walter
- Point Walter to Applecross
- Applecross to the Narrows Bridge
- Narrows Bridge to the Causeway
- Canning Bridge to Mt Henry Bridge
- Mt Henry Bridge to Riverton Bridge
- Riverton Bridge to Woodloe's Homestead
- Causeway to Garvey Park
Download the guide below. You can also download the Cycle Perth's Eastern Region series guide to the Swan River, which covers the eastern part of the river, including:
- Scenic foreshore reserves
- Town of Bassendean
- City of Bayswater
- City of Belmont
Burswood Park also offers several trails around the Swan River. Visit the Burswood Park website below for details on the Heritage Trail and jogging trail and cycleway, guided tours also available.
Swan Valley and Guildford
A network of bicycle trails in the Swan Valley enables cyclists to immerse themselves in the unique culture, and enjoy the wineries, microbreweries, distilleries, confectionery factories and craft shops. Most of the trails are within easy reach of the Guildford train station, for the convenience of Perth residents and visitors.
The fact sheet below has some great bike trails and provides more information on some of the great routes available, including:
- Meet the Winemaker Trail
- Swan Valley Heritage Trail
- West Swan Road Ride and detours
- Swan Valley Food and Wine Loop
You can also download the Cycling in the Swan Valley and Guildford guide, which contains a map and detailed information on these 4 routes, and the Cycle Perth's Eastern Region guide of the Swan Valley provides 2 riding trails in Perth's 'Valley of Taste':
- Guildford to the Swan Valley
- Eastern Swan Valley
Whiteman Park is a popular destination for families, with many attractions including a wildlife park and many picnic areas.
Ride from the Guildford Station to Whiteman Park is a step-by-step guide with a map of the bicycle route from the train station to the park.
Yellagonga Regional Park
Yellagonga Regional Park is an ideal place for a range of leisure, recreational and physical activities, with a variety of facilities including barbeques, picnic tables, viewing platforms and seating. It is very popular with cyclists, and has a network of shared paths for walking and cycling.
The park is approximately 13 km long and 1–1.5 km wide, covering 1400 hectares. It houses a chain of wetlands including Lake Joondalup, Beenyup and Walluburnup Swamps, Lake Goollelal and the surrounding parkland areas.
Download the TravelSmart guide to Yellagonga Regional Park below, which contains more information on the park.
Obtaining maps and guides
Bikewest maps, guides and brochures are available free-of-charge from bicycle retailers, most public libraries, Department of Transport Driver and Vehicle Services Centres, tertiary bookshops, newsagents and various retail outlets along the routes themselves.
If you are unable to obtain a copy, you may request it directly from Bikewest.