Darwin is Australia's northernmost capital city. Situated on the Darwin Harbour , it is renowned for its tropical climate and colourful characters. Despite the heat and humidity there's plenty of great places to get outdoors and ride your Me-Mover or bike.
We have compiled 3 favourites below to get you started... head over to our Facebook page or #memoveraustralia on Instagram and let us know if you've been on any of these rides and what you thought. We love seeing your happy snaps!
Cullen Bay to East Point
Commencing at the Cullen Bay Marina and heading along East Point Road past the Botanic Gardens, Mindil Beach Reserve (where the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are held), along Fannie Bay and finally completing a loop around East Point Recreation Reserve. You will also pass by Vestey's Lagoon which is a large green space with walkways and a lake that is great for birdwatching, there also plenty of facilities. There are a number of water fountains along the route. Where we recommend a visit to the East Point Military Museum if that's your thing or snapping a few photos of the gorgeous cliffs and beach
At around 8km one way, we recommend allowing an hour for a return trip but if you're stopping to enjoy the sights and having some lunch along the way, you could easily spend half a day. Download the Darwin region cycle path map here.
Darwin Rail Trail
The Darwin Rail Trail runs 25.5km one way from Darwin CBD to Howard Springs, following the route of the historic former North Australian Railway. The path is relatively flat and is sealed the whole way, making it perfect for riding in both seasons.
There are some signs along the way, sharing information regarding the history of the railway and there's a few places to stop just off the trail for drinks and food, but we certainly recommend you bring your own water. Especially if making a return trip!
Right in the heart of Darwin, a ride along the Esplanade will take you past many key tourist hotspots and is certainly worth a ride. Start at the north-western end where the Esplanade meets Daly Street and if it's close to high tide pop into Aquascene to hand feed wild rays, bream & mullet. Then make your way down the Esplanade alongside Bicentennial Park.
Take a detour up Peel Street if you want to head into Crocosaurus Cove, home to the Cage of Death. Otherwise, continue along the Esplanade past Lyons Cottage, Government House, Galamarrma, Survivors Lookout and the historical WWII Oil Storage Tunnels. At this point you can head into Darwin's wave pool and cool off before grabbing some lunch at one of the many fabulous restaurants in the Wharf District.
Not up for visits to the tourist sights? The Esplanade is still a great spot to take your Me-Mover for a shorter ride and is perfect if you have kids in tow who aren't up for long distances. This interactive map is really helpful for planning your day.