Cycle Newtown to Haymarket
This is a fantastic ride through the inner western Sydney suburbs of Newtown, St Peters, Erskineville and Redfern and past Central Station, finishing at the Frank Gehry building at the University of Technology Sydney. It's an easy 7 kilometres.
The beginning of this ride takes you through Newtown, with its quiet leafy streets, terrace houses and an array of street art. Start at the corner of Reiby Street and Enmore Road, just to the west of Newtown Station. I ride down to a laneway off Reiby Street to Margaret Street. From here take a left into Ferndale, right at Camden Street, left into Clara Street, left at Alice Street, right into Pearl Street, right at Wells Street and left to John Street. At Lord Street, go left and ride to St Peters Station. Cross over the station to May Lane. Along here is the coolest street art.
Ride to the traffic lights at the corner of Lord and King Streets and head down Concord Street. Keep left and go into Fiona Street. Take a right at McDonald Street, and the next left at George Street. When you reach the Rose of Australia Hotel on the right, carefully cross the road and take the pathway closest to the railway line. This will join Burren Street. Just past the entrance to Macdonaldtown Station, go right along a narrow path to Leamington Lane, and left at Holdsworth Street. When you reach Wilson Street, turn right onto the pathway, which is safer, as there is a lot of traffic on Wilson Street. You will soon see Carriageworks, the impressive heritage-listed Eveleigh Railway Workshops. This is now a contemporary multi-arts centre.
Continue along Wilson Street to Little Eveleigh Street, then take a right at Lawson Street and past the entrance to Redfern Station. Go left at Gibbons Street, which joins Regent Street. I prefer to ride the pathway as the traffic is very heavy, but give way to pedestrians. Go right at the intersection of Regent and Cleveland Streets. Take the pathway across Prince Alfred Park and head down to Central Station on the pathway next to Chalmers Street. A left at Eddy Lane takes you past the entrance to the station, where you will need to ride slowly to avoid the pedestrians.
Turn left at Pitt Street, and go to the bus stop between Lee and George Streets. You will find an entrance to the walkway under George Street. Walk your bike along it until you come out at The Goods Line. It's a short ride to the amazing Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, which is the University of Technology Sydney's business school. It was designed by the famous American architect Frank Gehry.
A quick ride will allow you to catch a ferry at Pyrmont Bay, or you can return to Central Station.