Rolling down the windows, feeling the breeze and soaking up the landscape as it glides by, or stretching your legs and lungs as you ride along on a bike – free-wheeling on holidays is something we all love to do. We’ve selected some of the best scenic drives and enjoyable bike tracks and sewn them together with some handy local advice to keep you on the right track. So let’s hit the road from our starting point at Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park and see what we can find…..
Suffolk Park to Byron Bay: Cycle for Fun and Scenery
You may not have forgotten how to ride a bike but it may have been a while since you last tried. If this is the case then starting out slow with a relaxing almost totally flat and smooth run from Suffolk Park into Byron Bay is a great place to start and get you ‘back on your bike’, so to speak. Running along the beachfront at Suffolk Park, with ocean views of Tallow Beach, is a purpose-made bike path that leads you through the nature reserve, across Tallow Creek and all the way into the heart of Byron Bay. Take your time to enjoy the scenery or push a little faster and really get your heart pumping – it’s entirely up to you.
Another popular bike ride from Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park is to Seven Mile Beach. To get there, follow these directions or ask one of our friendly team when you arrive:
- Head south on Alcorn St toward McGregor St
- Turn right at McGregor St
- Head south on Taylor Lake Rd toward Beach Rd (Taylor Lake Rd turns slightly left and becomes Beach Rd)
- Head east on Broken Head Reserve Rd
- Head south on Broken Head Reserve Rd towards Seven Mile Beach Rd
- Continue onto Seven Mile Beach Rd
- Turn left and stay on Seven Mile Beach Rd
Haven’t got a bike with you? No problems, there are a number of places in and around Byron Bay that offer bike hire, including Byron Bay Surf and Bike Hire, which has a number of options for the whole family.
Villages and Hamlets: Scenic Drive to Bangalow, Clunes and Eltham
Galleries, clothing boutiques, retro treasures, fresh produce and delicious food await you along this drive or ride through Byron Bay’s hinterland. From Suffolk Park, venture north turning left onto Bangalow Rd just after the Byron Bay Golf Club. As you wind up the hill, be sure to look out for the unbelievable view of Byron Bay from the top of St Helena Hill. It is truly breathtaking and one of the best panoramic views in Byron Bay. Continue over the plateau and descend to find the hinterland town of Bangalow – a hub of arts, fantastic shopping and great dining.
If you’re an experience road rider or you are driving, from Bangalow continue west to the hilltop hamlet of Clunes. Visit the old style butchery, grab some locally grown coffee at the General Store or browse the “The Romantic Old Shack” for vintage wares, arts and crafts. By this time if you’re feeling peckish or parched then set your sights on the Eltham Friendly Inn. Turn off the main road just outside of Clunes and follow the signs to ‘Eltham’. This well-loved locals’ watering-hole is not only the focal point of the hamlet but it also gives a whole new meaning to the term “pub grub”. Wood fired, slow cooked delights, seafood and luscious desserts are all on the menu, and on weekends enjoy some great live music and entertainment.
But the pub is not all that Eltham is renowned for. If you’re looking for wholesome meals made from the best local produce, then you’ll be delighted by a visit to the Eltham Valley Pantry. Full of character, the Eltham Valley Pantry is a renovated 100 year old farmhouse that serves delicious homemade dishes including salads, soups, slow-cooked meals and their famous pecan pie – magic with a pot of locally brewed tea and the weekend paper.
Eagles View: Coolamon Scenic Drive & Mullumbimby
From Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park, head back through town to the main highway and follow the hill rise to the top of St Helena. Here, you’ll be greeted with a view that is simply breathtaking, from the Byron Bay Lighthouse to the south, followed by a stunning vista of endless beaches to the north and lush green hinterland and Mt Warning to the west.
From the lookout, follow Coolamon Scenic Drive along the ridge. It’s easy driving or riding as you pass through the community of Coorabell, and wind your way down into the town of Mullumbimby (or take a small detour and stop off at the Crystal Castle and Shambala Gardens – a unique attraction specialising in crystals and one of Australia’s largest sub-tropical gardens).
Once you hit Mullumbimby there is plenty to keep you occupied, including The Poinciana Cafe, Kiva Spa, the Famers Markets (every Friday) and the community markets (every 3rd Saturday of the month). You can then easily find your way back to the highway forming a giant loop that will bring you back to Byron Bay.
Shopping, Fashion and Bespoke Industry: Cycle around the Arts and Industry Estate
Byron Bay’s community is brimming full of talented and creative artisans, and this local ‘cottage industry’ has found a unique gathering place in the Arts and Industry Estate. You can easily cycle to the fringe of town and spend a day or more discovering factory outlets, surf shops, surfboard makers, art galleries, fashion and jewellery showrooms and colourful home wares. If you love taking home something from your travels which deviates from the standard fridge magnet or place-name t-shirt, then the Arts and Industry Estate is definitely worth the effort.
To get there, simply follow the bike path from Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park into town, then head back towards the highway and across the railway tracks. The bike track is smooth, flat and well-travelled so meeting locals and fellow travellers is highly likely, making it a fun and entertaining escapade.