New South Wales
Want to know where you can take your child to ride their bike, trike or scooter? There are lots of parks around the North Shore that have great paths to learn some new skills, and the one listed below have been suggested by North Shore Mums. Take your pick! Just don’t forget to pack the helmet…
The Esplanade, Balmoral
With stunning water views, the oval at Balmoral is a lovely spot for bike riding. There is a bicycle/walking track as well as play equipment, seating, two playing fields, nearby car park (fees apply), kiosk, bushland reserve, and fitness circuit. Make a day of it, and grab some take-away fish & chips for lunch!
‘Balmoral Oval next to The Scout Hall also has a track right around it which is great for kids to scooter around‘ – Alissa.
Young Street, Cremorne
Brightmore Reserve is a great spot for children to learn how to get about on wheels. The trike path also teaches kids basic road safety sills, with roundabouts, pedestrian crossings and road signs. The reserve is flat, and there is lots of open green spae with picnic tables. It’s opposite Primrose Park, on the foreshores of Willoughby Bay.
‘The one at the end of Young Street Neutral Bay, Brightmore Reserve has a lovely bike/scooter track with crossings etc it’s very sweet! It’s a lovely little spot It has a car park and a lovely big grass area also! My little one is only 9 months but I use to live near it before moving to Mosman and I will be sure to visit it when she is older!‘ – Alissa.
Brothers Avenue, Cammeray
The bike/scooter path at Tunks stretches back from the harbour for about a kilometre and leads you past little caves, climbing rocks and small (toddler friendly) bsh walks. The playground has some great features too with plenty for toddlers and older kids. There are toilets mid-way along the path.
Park Road, Naremburn
Naremburn Park is a great spot for a bike or trike. There is a loop path around the playground, which features a sand pit and water play pump. It’s a great spot for a picnic, with BBQ, park benches and toilets too.
Stanley Street, Chatswood
The playground at Bales Park features a bike track, train, sandpit, dual slide, swings, climbing frame and spinner. It’s a great spot for little children to learn to ride.
‘It has a footpath ring around the playground, the kids all chase it each other round. DS 3 loves it’ – Angela.
McClelland Street, Willoughby
At Willoughby Park, there is a wide, smooth shared use path for walking, jogging, cycling and skating around the main oval, and there are also lots of pathways around the playground too.
‘Willoughby Park (in East Willoughby) is also a fave. Lots of pathways around the playground but even better, a bike path that circles the oval.’ – Tansi
Small Street, Willoughby
Hallstrom Park features a continuous accessible path (flat to gently undulating) that links the playground elements. The playground features a mound slide (no steps), sandpit and water pump.
‘Hallstrom Park is perfect for a 3 year old! It has a scooter/bike path with mini road signs, a playground and oval. It’s in Small Street‘ – Dimity.
‘It has a playground and little bike track with road signs and markings. The Incinerator Cafe is next door, as well plus a big long track that goes from Willoughby to Cammeray – good for the big kids.’ – Anneke.
Bruce Avenue, Killara
The brand new park at Bruce Avenue in Killara (right near the train line), features a great open green area with a path around the perimeter. It’s brand new, and the playground is fantastic too. Just make sure you go to the loo before you leave home, as there are no toilets!
‘My boys love playing their scooter there!‘ – Karmen.
Corner Westbrook Avenue & Esk Street, North Wahroonga
Golden Jubilee Field sits on a ridge overlooking Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The bike park consists of three areas – there is an 800 metre single track that goes up and down the hill, a skill development area where riders can improve their off-road skills on rocks and wooden surfaces, and pump tracks with various degrees of challenge! Take your dog along, as dogs are allowed off-leash in the back field between 1pm and midnight.
Coral Heath Avenue, Westleigh
Ruddock Park is a great spot to learn to ride a bike. It not only has a kiddy bike path, but a huge pirate-ship themed playground, tennis courts, big grassed area, oval, BBQs, tables and a fenced dog park.
The Esplanade, Manly Beach
If you want a path that is long, flat and has amazing views, then Manly Beach is where you want to head! You can go all the way from Shelly Beach to Queenscliff (if you have the energy), and just soak up that beautiful coastal vibe.
‘There’s nothing quite like being near the ocean, and riding along the beachfront at Manly is such a lovely thing to do. It gets very busy at the weekend, so I prefer to go during the week when it’s much quieter. Magic!‘ – Karen.
Mona Street (next to Pittwater High School), Mona Vale
Winnererremy Bay features the well-known Flying Fox Playground, which is quite possibly the biggest and best playground on the Northern Beaches. There is a large open green space overlooking Pittwater, and a great cycleway around the edge. There’s a fabulous kid-friendly nearby cafe, you can take a splash in the harbour, or go for a little walk around the bushland. It’s a stunning spot!
‘Flying Fox is our favourite place to go on the weekend. If we have nothing else on, without a doubt we will choose to go to Winnererremy Bay. It’s got everything you want, and is a beautiful part of Sydney.‘ – Catriona.
Plus, you also might want to try:
Bradfield Road, West Lindfield
This is a great family facility with four tennis courts, soccer field, half-court basketball, BBQ, dog off-leash park and playground with cycle path.
Koola Avenue, East Killara
Koala Oval reopened in late 2016 after extensive upgrade – new fetching, circuit training, lighting and a path the whole way around the oval.
Lloyd Rees Drive (off Wood Street), Lane Cove West
A lovely bike track suitable for little kids starts at the younger play equipment and leads off on a circuit through the bush that will appeal to more confident 5–10 year old bike riders.
Corner Balmaringa Avenue and Auluba Road, South Turramurra
Located behind the shops at South Turramurra, Balmaringa Reserve is a lovely playground with a concrete bike path around the perimeter. It’s completely enclosed, giving parents peace of mind, and also 30 seconds walk from decent coffee at the bakery.
Corner of Chelmsford Road & Baldwin Ave, Asquith
Mills Park in Asquith has an oval with a track around it, perfect for riding bikes or running. The park also has a nice playground, tennis courts and plenty of grass to run around.
Galston Road, Hornsby Heights
There is a 717 metre long concrete bike path that circles the oval at Rofe Park. There are also playgrounds, a tennis court and an off-leash dog area.Do you have any other favourite spots for bike, trike or scooter riding? Comment below with any other locations, or leave your feedback on the ones we’ve listed.
(This article was first published August 2014, and updated January 2016).