Fun and fitness. A bike is the perfect way to see the many natural and man-made attractions of the Northern Beaches.
Maps of some popular rides and a map showing all the recognised bike paths in the Manly area are available for download.
Seaforth to Shelly Beach
- An 8 km ride and almost entirely off road. It starts from Baringa Avenue, Seaforth and via Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation takes riders to the new picnic area at Shelly Beach.
- Start from Baringa Avenue in Seaforth and continue along Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation - signs along the route describe the riparian flora and fauna.
- Cross Condamine Street, Balgowlah using the pedestrian crossing and follow the signs to the Manly Lagoon. On the way, see the waterside sculptures of aquatic animals and bird life
- Stop at one of Manly Beach’s many coffee shops or continue along Marine Parade (walking your bike at weekends and public holidays between 9am - 6pm) where more sculptures can be seen along the new Cabbage Tree Bay Eco Sculpture Walk.
- Finish your ride at Shelly Beach with a picnic and park your bike at one of the designated bicycle parking spots opposite the amenities block.
- The more adventurous might wish to explore on foot the headland nature trail for superb views of the northern beaches.
Manly Corso to North Head
A steep start up Darley Road, Manly takes you past the neo-Gothic tourism and hotel management college. Alternatively you can continue on the North Head Scenic Drive until reaching the panoramic view of the ocean, harbour and city from North Head.
- The ride up Darley Road from Manly is a little demanding, but it is well worth the effort.
- Near the top of the hill on the left is the imposing neo-Gothic building, originally St Patrick’s Seminary but now a tourism and hotel management college.
- Proceed through the archway on the Scenic Drive into the Sydney Harbour National Park.
- The fit rider may choose a steep side trip down Collins Beach Rd on the right, to the waterfall.
- Alternatively, stay on the Scenic Drive; on the left is the old Artillery School with a network of walking trails - further along on the right is the heritage listed Quarantine Station - tours must be prebooked, phone (02) 9247 5033.
- Next on the left is North Fort Artillery Museum displaying guns used over the past 200 years – tours are offered of the subterranean network of tunnels - there is a cafe and barbeque area with magnificent harbour views.
- Last stop is North Head, circled by the Fairfax Walking Track (walk your bike) through coastal headland to lookouts with panoramic views of the ocean, harbour, and the city; there are no toilet facilities at North Head.
- Starting at Bareena Drive in Balgowlah Heights, this is a family friendly dedicated bike lane around Tania Park. Along the route you will see uninterrupted vista of the main harbour and Sydney Heads.
- Enter from Bareena Drive, Balgowlah Heights on the family friendly bike lane around Tania Park - see the lookout and children’s playground.
- Arabanoo lookout provides panoramic views of Manly Bay while the seating, pathway and walls feature inlaid carved native animals, birds and footprints - kite and model aircraft enthusiasts gather here most weekends.
- Further along there is a vantage point from which to view the main harbour and Sydney Heads, watch the Manly Ferries and Jetcats
- Walk down the steps to the Crater Bay lookout and see the huts built on the rock ledge by weekend fishermen from the late 1920’s and occupied by ‘alternatives’ in the 1970’s.
Balgowlah Heights Scenic Tour
This on road ride links the Seaforth to Shelley Beach Bike Path to the scenic attractions of Dobroyd Heights and Tania Park in Balgowlah Heights while keeping to the lightly trafficked streets and avoiding undue hill climbing as much as possible.
- Start at Pitt Street Balgowlah at the eastern end of the Seaforth to Shelley Beach Bike Path, or pick up this route anywhere along Woodland Street, Balgowlah or at Balgowlah Heights.
- Cross Balgowlah Road (take care as it is busy) and proceed up Woodland Street North to Sydney Road - this is a steady climb and not too steep.
- Cross Sydney Road at the traffic lights and proceed downhill along Woodland Street South - take care at the roundabout intersection at White Street - our first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, lived in the large house on the southeast corner of the roundabout.
- At Lower Beach Street, turn left, and then first right into Bungaloe Avenue, a gradual easy climb.
- Cross Ernest Street and cycle or walk for a short climb and then turn left back into Woodland Street
- Turn left into Bareena Drive, Balgowlah Heights - on the corner is the Balgowlah Heights Bowls Club.
- Continue along Bareena Road to join the Dobroyd Point Scenic ride at Tania Park.
The Spit to Manly Ocean Beach
For a longer ride of around 19 km return, start at the Spit Bridge in Seaforth, continue through Baglowlah, Fairlight and Manly Lagoon and finish at Manly with views along the best beach in the world.
- Start at the Spit Bridge, Seaforth and follow the on-road signs up Battle Boulevard, a steep and challenging climb, into Palmerston Place and Ponsonby Parade, Seaforth.
- Turn left into Panorama Parade and right into Ross Street.
- Dismount and use the pedestrian crossing at Frenchs Forest Road to link with the Seaforth to Manly Bike Path at Kempbridge Avenue.
- Enjoy a leisurely ride past Balgowlah and Manly Golf Courses to Manly Lagoon near Queenscliff.
- Finish with a swim or coffee with views along Manly Ocean Beach.
Downloadable Bike Map
Download a map that shows all Bicycle Paths within Manly LGA.
Bicycle parking is provided at a number of major attractors in the Manly LGA, including within the CBD. Locations of bicycle parking include the Manly Wharf, North and South Steyne Beach, Seaforth Oval, Manly Lagoon, Shelly Beach and North Harbour Reserve.
A bicycle parking station is located on the ground floor of the Whistler Street car parking station. This provides cyclists with a convenient and lockable location to store their bicycles. Cyclists using this facility are offered an increased level of security over the existing bicycle racks, as well as the added benefit of getting their bikes out of the weather. Users are charged an access card fee per bicycle parking space. Conditions apply. Please contact Customer Service on ph (02) 9976 1500 or email Council email@example.com for more information on this service.
In addition, bicycle parking is provided at a number of major attractors along the bicycle paths including Manly Wharf, South and North Steyne Beach, Seaforth Oval, Manly Lagoon, Shelly Beach and North Harbour Reserve.