Phillip Island bike paths
offer cyclists a great range of options.
There are roads which can give you a reasonable workout, dedicated bike paths which can get you to most locations, and some walking tracks which are also suitable for bikes.
Safety is up to you, look out for yourself and be courteous to walkers and motorists.
Always carry water. And, of course, the wearing of bike helmets is compulsory in Australia – non compliance could risk a fine.
Some of the roads around the island are a bit narrow and not all with marked bike paths so be aware of traffic.
On shared paths, be careful of road crossings and look out for pedestrians and especially children on bikes.
Bicycle hire is available on the island.
Island E-Bike Hire at 140-142 Thompson Avenue, Cowes (phone 0457 281 965) has adult bikes as well as baby/toddler seat.
Also available for hire is a tagalong (tandem style) for an adult with older child behind - great for families!
Hire is available by the hour or day. Cost begins from $20 per hour to $50 per day. Daily rates are also available if you would like to hire for several days. Hire for one week is $200.
If you are staying outside Cowes and you hire for 24 hours or more, delivery is free.
In Thompson Street (opposite Coles and next to Garage 117) is The Bicycle Repairman. Wayne hires out beach bikes with 10cm (4") wide tyres - great for the island's long stretches of beach! These bikes come in a smaller size suitable for children from 8 years old to a larger size for adults.
He also has "retro cruisers" for men and women. The women's model has a basket to throw in your towel when you head to the beach!
All bikes are geared and helmets (compulsory to wear in Australia) are included.
Prices start at $15 for one hour to $45 for 8 hours. Daily rates are available with seven days costing $195.
The Bicycle Repairman is open 5 days (Wednesday to Sunday) between 8.30am and 4.30pm, opening for 7 days a week during school holidays.
Wayne also does bicycle repairs and sells new bikes (from road to mountain) and accessories.
Grab a map from the Information Centre over the road and start exploring!
Cycling on Public Roads
The 28k Island Loop - Perhaps the main circuit, this loop covers (Clockwise) - Back Beach Rd, turn right into Ventnor Rd and follow on to Cowes-Rhyll Rd, turn right into Rhyll-Newhaven Rd, right onto Phillip Island Rd and back to Back Beach Rd.
Extensions are easy at a number of corners if you need more, or do two laps! – out to the Nobbies adds 9k return, diversions through suburban areas in Ventnor or Cowes add as much as you like plus more coffee stops.
Out to Woolamai or Newhaven adds 17k return.
Reverse the direction or starting point to suit yourself.
Over the years the Bass Coast Council has extended Phillip Island bike paths. Cyclists can now comfortably ride from Newhaven to Cowes (or vice versa) along Phillip Island Road, on mainly sealed shared bike/walk paths.
There are sealed connections to Smiths Beach via Back Beach Road or Smiths Beach Road and also to the GP Circuit along Gap Rd.
Some of the walking tracks through nature reserves are also suitable for cycling. My three favourites are:
The two walking tracks around Churchill Island are suitable for cycling.
However, I wouldn’t recommend riding to the island on a Farmers Market Saturday morning unless you like dust, as the road on the island is unsealed!
Off the island is the Bass Coast Rail Trail between Kilcunda and Wonthaggi.
Starting at Kilcunda, the trail along the old railway is 16km long. There is ample parking for your car at Kilcunda near the famous trestle bridge.
The ride is fairly easy with just a few small rises. It passes through sand dunes and agricultural land and is used by cyclists, walkers and equestrians.
The bike path has now been extended so it is possible to ride from Cowes to Wonthaggi (or vice versa).
Read about our ride from Wonthaggi to Cowes by bicycle here.
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