The tracks behind Loftus Oval and in the Royal National Park are a fantastic place to ride, especially for beginners, but there is enough excitement for more advanced riders too. There is a circuit that follows some firetrails, but there are also smaller, narrower trails that are a lot of fun to ride as well.
One thing you notice about the landscape of Sydney, particularly near the coast, is the hills. These hills, and the national parks that enclose large parts of the Sydney region, make for some good mountain biking.
Described below you will find some detailed track descriptions, but you will also find places, such as the area behind Loftus Oval, that are perfect for the rider to spent hours exploring.
Lane Cove National Park is a large national park nestled between suburbs on the north shore of Sydney. There are various entrances to the park, and lots of trails to be discovered.
If you want a more technically challenging mountain-biking ride, then Manly Dam is the place for it. The track starts off easy, diverts back on some roads for a short distance before becoming a winding, twisting ride, with lots of ascents and descents, drop offs and jumps dotted with rocks and tree roots that keep you on your toes.
This is a great, challenging day ride out of the city. The road is one of the original roads heading north, and at a couple of points on the trail you will see the evidence of this, including the oldest surviving stone bridges in Australia.
This is a reasonably easy, beginners-grade ride along firetrails and sealed tracks through the bush of southern Sydney. It is a great ride, with scenic views, a few swimming holes along the way, and the turnaround point at the spectacular Woronora Dam.