Cycleways in Port Stephens
Port Stephens is great for cyclists and bike riders from serious mountain bikers right through to families who enjoy a safe and scenic bike ride. A Port Stephens bike ride offers amazing views and very little traffic. Bring your own or HIRE a bicycle so that you can enjoy the extensive network of cycle tracks all around Port Stephens, many through reserves and close to beaches. Bikes for all the family are available for HIRE and include Mountain and Road bikes, Comfort and Classic bikes, Tandem 2 person bikes, Electric bikes, Child bikes, Babyseat bikes and trailers. Hour, Day or Weekly hire. Helmets Provided with a FREE Cycleway Map. You can also get any parts, accesories and repairs for your bike.
Port Stephens has designated cycleways that provide safe cycling around the peninsula. These cycleways can take you from Salamander Bay right through to Fingal Bay with some spectacular waterviews as you pass from Bagnalls Beach to Dutchies Beach to Nelson Bay, some shaded riding through bush and reserves from Shoal Bay to Fingal Bay and plenty of parks, playgrounds and cafes along the way.
Click on the cycle maps below to view and print. They include cycleways in Anna Bay, Corlette, Salamander Bay, Tanilba Bay, Mallabulla, Lemon Tree Passage, Soliders Point, Medowie, Raymond Terrace and Seaham.
For the more serious enthusiast the website mapymyride offers over 160 of the best cycling routes in Port Stephens from challenging to easy, a quick pedal or a whole day. The site also provides running, walking and hikiing trails.
Several long routes are available including 2km, 8km and 12km routes that are ideal for family outings, commuting or recreational riding and walking. These routes connect to well maintained picnic, bbq and recreation areas as well as links to shops and playing fields. There are ample areas to rest and relax with amenities in many of the parks and reserves along the way.
Raymond Terrace to Heatherbrae - 2km
This route joins the southern end of the Raymond Terrace CBD (Swan Street) to Heatherbrae. Picnic facilities and public amenities are available at Bettles Park and also at Heatherbrae service centre (Pacific Highway). Click here for map.
Raymond Terrace to Medowie - 11km
This route connects the two communities of Raymond Terrace and Medowie. Starting at the Lakeside Leisure Centre carpark, the route passes Finnan Park Picnic Area, (bbq and toilet facilities) then skirts the Grahamstown Dam shoreline. Next stop is the Grahamstown Aquatic Centre(picnic area) and then through the rural area of Medowie into the main shopping centre. This is an easy ride for all users with minimal road crossing points and the route is all off road. Click here for map.
Nelson Bay to Fingal Bay - 8km
This route connects the three communities of Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay and Fingal Bay. The route runs from Dutchies Beach to Fingal Bay via Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay. Click here for map. The route runs through the busy foreshore marina area of Nelson Bay with many facilities available (food, toilets, marina activities, beaches, picnic and play equipment) then along the coast of the bay past the playing fields and recreation areas at Neil Carol Park (picnic, skateboard ramp, toilets).
This route involves riding on-road (Achilles Street to Gowrie Avenue) and requires care for younger riders even though the street is a quiet street. Next stop is Shoal Bay and all the facilities of a small village (shops, great beaches, toilets) and then onto Fingal Bay where you will find ample parks and facilities for picnics and recreation with a Patrolled Surf Beach. This is a relatively easy ride for all users with care needed on the on-road sections (Achilles Street, Nelson Bay and Horace Street, Shoal Bay).
Port Stephens Council has approximately 50km of shared cycleways throughout its communities. These consist of links between recreation areas, schools, business centres and community facilities.
Things to remember when using the shared cycleways:
- The paths are used by both pedestrians and bicycles and care should be taken in areas of high pedestrian activity. Bicycle riders are meant to give way to pedestrians.
- The cycleways have several road crossing points which require the pedestrians and cyclists to give way to the vehicular traffic using the road. Young children under the age of 10yrs should be well supervised by an adult even on quiet back streets and should be taught to keep to the left
- By law, all cyclists, regardless of age, must wear an Australian Standards Approved bicycle helmet whenever they ride.