Darwin is home to a variety of sealed and unsealed cycle paths designed to give you access to the town’s stunning nature parks and reserves. With plenty more trails opening in Darwin and throughout the Top End soon, it’s definitely a place to keep your eye on.
Charles Darwin National Park.
Within riding distance of the city, this National Park has evolved over the years to be a great riding destination all year ‘round. From the trailhead at the central car park lose yourself in this complex network of hand crafted singletrack and machine built flow trails, with the odd technical challenge thrown in to keep you honest. Towards dusk, biting bugs come out to prove that you aren’t at the top of the food chain so don’t forget your insect repellent. However with the expansion of trail networks inside this park, Charles Darwin would be pleased to see that his namesake is possible of evolution.
Casuarina Coastal Reserve
A tight park that packs a lot in. Recent work has gone into extending the riding season here, as some sections of trail feel outright jungle-like with lush vegetation caressing both shoulders as you duck and weave through the trails. Some of the trails have names that reflect the military history of this area. Getting locked and loaded down Lee to climb Enfield is a fun shootout, as is firing down Bren, Vickers or Treasures. Don’t forget to drop by one of several sunset spots such as Darwin Surf Club just next to the trails and grab an icy cold beer to rehydrate and enjoy the Darwin ritual of hanging on the beach and watching some of the best sunsets in the world.