Darwin is the perfect city for riding a bike with day time temperatures between 24-32c all year round!
The Darwin City Council have spent a lot of money in bike path infrastructure which allows locals and guests to the city get around without the need to touch the roads. The bike path starts in the Darwin CBD (where many Spinway stations are located) and head out along the Esplanade and then along the foreshore towards the Casino and Mindal beach and continue on to Parap and Fannie Bay and East Point where you can explore many sights of Darwin as well as plenty of restaurants and cafes. For those with more energy you can continue to cycle along the bike path to Nightcliff and Rapid Creek where you will find more cafes and weekend markets. The Nightcliff foreshore is the most popular foreshore with Darwin residents and comes alive with activities late afternoon and sunset.
Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:
Explore Darwin by Bike map
A) City to Mindal Beach – 1km
Mindal Beach lies less than 1km from the Darwin CBA and is a very popular destination as it hosts the Skycity Casino and also the dry season Mindal Beach Markets which run every Thursday and Sunday 4pm to late from May to October each year. The Mindal markets are extremely popular with guests as they provide an authentic feel of the top end with the many food, arts and crafts stalls and of course the majestic sunset photos.
B) City to Darwin Waterfront – 1km
The Darwin Waterfront is the latest development in Darwin less than 5 years old it contains the Darwin convention centre popular wavepool and closed in sea water lagoon which is extremely popular place to relax and sunbath on the vast green lawns surrounding. There are a large selection of higher end restaurants and pubs to explore and enjoy and also the Stokes Hill Wharf which is a must to visit for the variety of take away outlets show casing the multi cultural cuisines on offer in Darwin.
C) City to Fannie Bay / Parap – 5km
If you continue along the bike path from Mindal Beach for a few more km’s you will discover the Darwin Museum and the old Darwin Gaol (Jail) located at Fannie Bay. East Point Reserve is also located at Fannie Bay and the beauty and serenity of the reserve make this an appealing bike ride attraction. The Darwin Military Museum is located at East Point Reserve and well worth a visit.
The suburb of Parap hosts the famous Parap markets every Saturday all year around are a must do event. They run from around 8am to 3pm and food is delicious and the various art and craft stalls all showcase local Darwin products.
Both Fannie Bay and Parap have a number of restaurants and cafes to stop and refresh yourself for the ride back.
D) City to Nightcliff / Rapid Creek – 14km
For those guests with plenty of energy you can continue on from Fannie Bay to the popular seaside suburb of Nightcliff and Rapid Creek. Both of these suburbs hold outdoor markets every Sunday from 8am – 3pm and are only located 1km apart. The Nightcliff foreshore is extremely popular with locals at dusk and sunset every day with many out walks, riding, walking dogs or simply having a picnic and a cheeky glass of wine as the sun sets. Nightcliff foreshore is also popular with pop up restaurants on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings during the dry season May to October. There is also a large public pool located at Nightcliff with the best ocean views you will ever see, so if you are keen you can cycle to Nightcliff, have a swim to cool off and then take in the markets, eat good quality food and re-energise yourself for the ride home