On your bike! 

Bikefest is a great opportunity to get on your bike and explore our scenic cycleways, tour historical, natural and cultural landmarks, or connect with other events on in town.

Need to brush up your cycling skills?  Read some handy tips for Safe Cycling in Traffic or enrol in a Safe Commuter Cycling Skills Workshop.

During Bikefest, signs along routes shown on the network map below will help you find your way. Some routes suit experienced cyclists others are off-road and protected from traffic – great for all ages and levels of experience. Plan your ride! Use the network map to identify a route that suits you then download the guide for more information. 

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ride to Bikefest

Leave the car at home and make the trip toBikefest part of the fun. There’s routes that connect most locations with Bikefest at Honeysuckle in the heart of the city. The best bike route may not be the most direct.

City routes

City and inner city suburbs including Merewether, Adamstown, Broadmeadow, Tighes Hill and Stockton.  Click the map to view and download

Regional routes

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie – Belmont, Speers Point, Glendale, Wallsend and University.  Click the map to view and download

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park and cycle

If it’s too far to ride to Bikefest, make use of one of our park and cycle stations. Drive some of the way and ride the rest. There’s family-friendly rides on short, safe, off-road routes from Throsby Parking Station at Lee Wharf, Tighes Hill TAFE and Stockton. Or more experienced cyclists can make use of car parks at Bar Beach or Hunter Stadium. Click the map to view and download


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themed rides

frock and roll

13km, flat, shared paths and minor roads, for experienced, glamorous cyclists.

A 21/2 hour guided tour of bespoke and vintage fashion boutiques around the city and Hamilton. Departing Honeysuckle: 12:00 noon Saturday 6 and 10:00am Sunday 7 October

Numbers are limited. Elegant dress and bookings are essential.   reserve your place

food pedallers

15km, flat, shared paths and minor roads, for experienced cyclists.

A 3 hour guided tour of Newcastle’s finest gourmet establishments. Chocolate, coffee, sourdough, cupcakes, cheese and wineslucky you ride a bike!  Depart from Olive Tree Markets at 9am on Saturday 6 Oct, with baskets, panniers and coolbags ready. Fill your hamper then enjoy the spoils of your travels with a seaside picnic. Numbers are limited. Baskets and bookings are essential.   reserve your place

ships and steel

22km, flat, shared paths and minor roads, for experienced cyclists.

A guided ride through Newcastle exploring the city’s industrial past, from 19th century ships under sail to the closure of the BHP Steelworks in 1996. This 3 hour guided tour covers sites in the city, Wickham, Carrington and Mayfield, including a tour of the Maritime Centre at Honeysuckle.

Depart 10am Saturday and Sunday from the convict lumberyard, corner of Scott and Watt Streets.

Numbers are limited. Bookings are essential.
reserve your place



11km, mostly flat with one short climb, minor roads,  for riders with some experience

A self-guided tour of Newcastle’s inner city art galleries.  At a leisurely pace, the Artscape ride alone should only take 1 to 11/2 hours.  We recommend you allow at least half a day for cafe stops and gallery visits.  Click the map to view and download your guide.

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scenic tours

Fernleigh Track

16km each way (Adamstown / Belmont), undulating, shared path with controlled road crossings, for novice and experienced cyclists. 
6km from Honeysuckle to track start, flat, minor roads for experienced cyclists

One of the state’s best rail trails. An essential ride!

A popular shared path along the old rail track, through dense bushland and coastal scrub, past suburban gardens, through a brick-lined tunnel under the Pacific Highway and across a boardwalk over the coastal wetlands.

For further information, maps and pictures visit Rail Trails Australia

A podcast providing an audio guide to the Fernleigh Track’s natural and heritage features is available for download from 1233 ABC Newcastle.

For self-guided rides click the map to view and download the guide.

Throsby Creek

5km each way, flat, family-freindly, off-road shared path with safe road crossings, suitable for everyone

An excellent ride along Throsby Creek and the harbour foreshore suitable for all riders from experienced cyclists to families with young children. A path along Lee Wharf will be open for Bikefest weekend only. An easy way to get to Bikefest from the Park & Cycle stations at Tighes Hill TAFE or Throsby Parking Station at Lee Wharf.  Click the map to view and download your guide.

Tramway Track

8.5km each way , undulating, shared path with no road crossings, for novice and experienced cyclists.
Connection from Honeysuckle via the 10km City to Uni shared path plus 4km shared path and minor roads from Uni to Wallsend.
From Lake Macquarie – 5.3km with some heavy traffic for experiecnced cyclists only. 

A peaceful bushland path between Glendale TAFE and Wallsend shops, using the old steam tram track to escape the city streets

Visit Rail Trails Australia for further information. Click the map to view and download your guide

Two city circuit

47km, easy to moderate hills, mainly off-road but with some difficult on-road sections, for experienced riders

A more challenging ride that includes some of the best cycling routes in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, including 35km of shared off-road paths through beautiful bushland, along the lake foreshore, and past fabulous cafes. Traffic on the roads between these paths can be busy so the circuit is suitable only for experienced, confident riders. Allow 2.5-3.5 hours plus breaks.

For Bikefest, a group will ride the circuit together on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October, leaving Newcastle Museum cafe at 9:00am. Join the group ride

Click the map to download your guide.

Bathers Way

10.5km each way from Honeysuckle, mainly off-road, some moderate hills, for cyclists with some experience and fitness. At weekends this route can be very busy with pedestrians.

A popular ride around Newcastle’s city beaches and baths, checking out the surf, parks and historic landmarks, hoping to spot whales from lookouts along the way. Click the map to view and download your guide

Stockton foreshore

12km each way, flat, can stay off-road all the way,

A ferry to Stockton then a self-guided scenic ride along coast, wetlands and harbour foreshore. This ride is part of the NSW Coastal Cycleway Route.

Click the map to view and download your guide

Coastal Catchment 

16km, mostly flat, mostly off-road shared paths, for cyclists with some experience

On Sunday 7 October, 9:00 to 11:30am, Newcastle City Council is running a guided tour that covers both Stockton Foreshore and Bathers Way. It includes stops at various sites along Newcastle’s iconic coast to hear about recently completed Council projects and ones that are currently underway.  Morning tea at Merewether.  For details, go to NCC Healthy Catchment website.  To reserve a place, call the Council: 4974 2622.

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There’s plenty on in Newcastle on Bikefest weekend. Download the Bikefest City map for directions.


Mattara is located at Shortland Camp (near Nobbys) during Bikefest on Saturday and Sunday 6 and 7 October – an easy 1km ride east from Honeysuckle along the foreshore shared path.

Olive Tree Markets

Olive Tree Market at the Junction Public School, on Saturday 6 October – a 2.2km ride from Bikefest at Honeysuckle along minor roads. 

Newcastle Farmers Market

Newcastle Farmers Market are held every Sunday morning at Newcastle Showground – a 7km ride from Bikefest at Honeysuckle on shared paths and minor roads.  


Jets first home game for the season, Hunter Stadium, 3:oopm Sunday 7 October.  

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Mountain bike trails

Newcastle and the Hunter offers excellent mountain bike trails. For information, including maps, photos and track conditions, please visit the Glenrock Trail Alliance

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