Cycle Airport to The Rocks and Return
This is a ride through the centre of Sydney, from the airport to the harbour.
Starting at Tempe Recreational Reserve, cross the bridge over Alexandria Canal and turn left. You will pass the northern end of Sydney Airport's runways, with the constant flow of aircraft. Follow the path along the canal until you reach Coward Street, which has a shared pathway for cyclists and pedestrians. Turn left into Bourke Street, with its combination of dedicated cycle lanes and shared pathways. This is a heavy industrial zone so be watchful for trucks and cars entering and leaving warehouses.
Continue straight through the intersection of Bourke St, Botany Rd and O'Riordan Street near Green Square Station. Turn left at George Street, following the cycle lanes through to Redfern, then cross Cleveland Street into Prince Alfred Park. Carefully negotiate your way either along the footpath or Elizabeth Street to Eddy Avenue at the northern end of Central Station. Proceed through Belmore Park onto the cycleway on the left hand side of Castlereagh Street. From here continue on the cycle lanes through the centre of Sydney, on Liverpool and Kent Streets. At the end of Kent Street go right and past the Observatory and to The Rocks. This a great place for something to eat and a short break.
On the return trip, ride to the northern end of Cumberland Street and climb the stairs to the Cahill walkway. Ride past the magnificent view of Circular Quay, head south along the pathway to the State Library then go to your left. Travel along Hospital Road and the Domain, and cross the lights on the corner of Prince Albert Road and College Street into Hyde Park. Take the ramp on the left side of the park, crossing Park Street and riding the path to the lights on the corner of Oxford, Liverpool and College Streets. From here you have to ride on the streets or the footpath. Luckily the streets aren't very busy.
Travel down Wentworth Avenue, crossing the lights into Hunt Street. Ride up Hunt Street which becomes Campbell St and has a dedicated cycle lane. There is right turn into Bourke Street, but you have to cross to the right hand side to access the cycle way. Continue through the suburbs of Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Waterloo, Alexandria and Roseberry, turning right into Coward Street to head back to the airport. In sections of this trip you ride on pathways, and there are a few complex intersections to cross, but which are not dangerous.
This is an exciting journey through the city of approximately 26 kilometres, or a little longer depending on what little side tracks you might choose to follow.