Family Cycling Trips: 4 Reasons Why Your Family Should Take One

Family cycling holidays are a great way to keep kids active and entertained | Brad Atwal
Family cycling holidays are a great way to keep kids active and entertained | Brad Atwal

For active families, a cycling holiday should definately be high on the list of ideas on how to explore Australia. Kids love cycling. You can travel greater distances than when you walk and even the most challenging of hills can be overcome with the right gear and chocolate as an incentive!

Cycling as a family promotes a positive, healthy lifestyle, which sees many children biking well into their adult life. If you are new to the biking scene you'll be surprised how quickly everyone will adapt. Kids are resiliant and have lots of energy so it is very likely that the one that needs to be more comfortable with the idea are the parents. 

There are many family friendly cycling trip opportunities in Australia that have gentle gradients, shorter distances and vehicle free trails. A family cycling holiday isn't an all day grind either, there are ample opportunities to stop and taste the local ice-cream, take in a gallery or museum or even to take the day off and relax on the beach. 

Here’s our top 4 reasons why your next family trip should be an Australian cycling tour

1. Get Everyone Outdoors

A family cycling holiday offers the opportunity to explore the Australian landscapes and to be fully interactive with the environment you’re in. You'll remember every headland and become more familiar with the lay of the land. Getting up close with nature, breathing in some fresh air, creating some ever lasting memories - it's hard to see any downside when you choose the right trail that is vehicle free and gentle on the legs for all.

2. Great for Fitness

Family biking holidays are great for health and fitness and encourage the whole family to be active, regardless of age, ability and fitness levels. Younger children can cycle on a tag-along, while older children develop a healthy competitive spirit to keep up with their parents (or is it the other way around?!), as long as the routes aren’t overly hilly or too long. On an organised family cycling trip there is always backup and support close by for tired legs.  

Enjoy Victoria's Rail Trails with the family |  <i>Jessica Shapiro</i> Kids taking a break from the bikes to spot whales |  <i>Brad Atwal</i> Enjoy Victoria's Rail Trails with the family |  <i>Jessica Shapiro</i> Family cycling holidays keep everyone active and entertained |  <i>Brad Atwal</i>

3. Learn About Different Australian Regions

Cycling is an unforgettable way to travel in Australia's most beautiful landscapes safely. You'll learn about world famous natural landmarks, cultural sites, and the history of a region when you get off the bike to have a rest and absorb the information available. On a self guided family cycling trip, you can stay as long as you like if the kids show an interest. When you slow down to a riding pace on your travels you'll be pleasantly surprised what the children will learn along the route as they keep their minds active while their legs pedal away. 

4. Spend Quality Time Together

Do your kids crave quality family time? When the kids are happy and the parents are delighted that they are all engaged with something healthy, the laughter and good times, well, 'roll'! Not only does a family cycling holiday offer the opportunity to spend quality time together, you'll also meet meet a variety of people from all walks of life, as well as meeting other families with similar interests. The secret to a great family cycling holidays is enjoying activities off the trail and places like the NSW South Coast and the Rail Trails of Victoria offer plenty of them, from train museums to kayaking and rock climbing. 




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