Cycling, both for transport and for competitive events, is on the increase, but it’s also a fun, leisurely activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Cycling after school or on the weekend is a great way to encourage kids to live an active lifestyle. It’s also a good opportunity to spend quality family time together, while having a workout. Next time you’re planning to visit the local shops, beach or park, why not get on your bike – it’s free and it’s fun.

Perth has an abundance of bike paths and scenic routes that are suitable for the whole family to enjoy. If you have younger children, head to Hossack Reserve, Parkwood. This park features a fantastic bike track that is ideal for kids to discover important road rules in a safe environment. There are full road markings and signs to ensure they learn how to cycle safely. Once everybody is ready to go, start ticking these bicycle tracks off your list.

Our top eight family bike rides around Perth

Kings Park

With several diverse cycling routes available, beautiful Kings Park is one of the most popular areas for enjoying a family bike ride during summer. While riding around the infamous 400-hectare park (bigger than New York City’s Central Park!), stop along the way to take in the remarkable views, the variety of wildlife and the stunning botanical gardens. A multitude of playgrounds and fun activities will keep the kids entertained when you decide to take a break. Along your ride, pay a visit to the Synergy Parkland, DNA Tower, State War Memorial or take part in the treetop walk or one of the nature trails. Riding around Kings Park is relatively easy using either a road, mountain or hybrid bike. Facilities include toilets, water fountains, barbecues, cafes and kids’ playgrounds, so it’s an activity well suited to families with young children or teenagers.

Herdsman Lake

The flat terrain of this track makes it ideal for novice riders. Riding around the lake’s perimeter, you are surrounded by wildlife, particularly birds, and lots of trees to provide much-needed shade from the harsh sun during summer months. The view to the freshwater lake makes it a scenic and peaceful ride, perfect for families keen to get out for some fresh air and a connection with nature. The simple loop is roughly 7km and toilets are available within the Herdsman Wildlife Centre and playgrounds. A road, mountain or hybrid bike is recommended for this track, which is great for all ages.

Windan Bridge Loop

This route runs past the winding banks of the Swan River, Heirisson Island and urban East Perth. You’ll see some spectacular parkland along the way and can make a pitstop for a drink at one of the many cafes around the East Perth area. There are also toilets and water fountains available at Victoria Gardens. At 6km it’s a fairly easy ride, popular with families and semi-professional riders. If you’d like to add some more mileage, include the city loop to the Narrows Bridge or head to Garrett Road Bridge which extends this route to about 10km.

Cottesloe Beach

Perth is lucky enough to be the sunniest Australian capital, so why not take advantage of our good weather and enjoy a cycle along the coast. The picture-perfect ride along Cottesloe Beach is perfect for those warm summer afternoons when the sea breeze starts to roll in. While this circuit can be hilly at times, it can also be a leisurely ride if taken at your own pace. Don’t forget to grab some friends and enjoy a refreshing dip along the way. It’s 5km from Cottesloe beach to Leighton Beach, with barbecue areas and toilet stops along the way. On this ride you’ll see families, teens and professional riders.

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Burns Beach

This route is a great alternative coastal ride to Cottesloe Beach. It’s a bit quieter and away from main roads, making it ideal for kids. Again, there are some challenging hills along the way but the views at various lookout points make it well worth the effort. You’ll travel 9km from Burns Beach to Mullaloo Beach, passing many other cycling enthusiasts. There are several toilet stops and drink fountains available, including at Burns Beach, Iluka foreshore, Ocean Reef Boat Harbour and Mullaloo Beach. You can also find barbecues at Iluka foreshore and Mullaloo Beach, with several playgrounds for the kids to enjoy.

Whiteman Park

Across 4000 hectares of native bushland, there are several kilometres of cycle paths throughout the park that pass through or by many attractions such as Caversham Wildlife Park, transport museums and playgrounds. Grab your mountain bike and some friends or family to explore the 5km loop. There’s a cafe, barbecues, picnic shelters, playgrounds and more, so why not make a whole daytrip out of it.

Rottnest Island

A visit to Rottnest is a quintessential part of being Western Australian, but don’t forget your bike! As one of the primary modes of getting around on the island, there are plenty of cycle routes for all ages and levels of experience. The beaches and coves around Rottnest are a must-see, so grab your bike and tour the island, stopping off at your favourite spots for a dip. There’s also the added excitement of acquainting yourself with the native quokkas. The loop around the island is about 22km and is moderate to hard, so it’s best suited to older families, teenagers, semi-professionals and professionals. Toilet facilities are available all over the island, including near Stark Bay, Mary Cove, Catherine Bay and The Basin. Don’t miss the other family-fun activities on the island, with plenty of cafes and restaurants at which to grab a bite, playgrounds, mini golf and even an aqua park for the kids open during the warmer months. When preparing for your ride, take a big water bottle with you, as there is limited supply of water fountains around the island.

Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail

Experience the impressive history of the Swan Valley while riding past parkland, wineries, galleries, fruit stalls and much more. The 12km trail, following West Swan Road, includes signs that interpret the rich background of the valley, and is great for riders of all ages and abilities. Make a pitstop to appreciate the fresh produce and organise a picnic or take a seat at one of the many cafes or restaurants to relax and unwind. Barbecues and toilets are available at Taylor Park.

RAC now offers Bike Insurance which will keep your bike protected against theft, accidental damage, fire or vandalism wherever you go around Perth.