A regular starting point for several of my rides is the Barton Park Golf Driving Range in Arncliffe. It’s just off the airport freeway and has free all-day parking. From there, you can take paths east along Botany Bay, to Kurnell or Cronulla; or head west via Tempe and along the Cook River to Homebush Bay or Paramatta.
This particular tour goes from Arncliffe to Kurnell, which includes 10 kms of harbour beaches along the beautiful Botany Bay foreshore. You pass places like Brighton-Le-Sands, Ramsgate and Dolls Point, then cross the river on the Captain Cook Bridge. After a few hundred metres of quiet suburban streets you find the newly-opened Taren Point bike path which runs past scenic bay forests and wetlands.
Another 5kms and the path takes you pass the Sharks Football Stadium and follow the Captain Cook Drive. While I usually avoid roads at all cost, this one has a wide bike lane and feels safe. After about 11kms you get to the bay village of Kurnell. The corner café is an excellent stop off and is located right on the edge of the Reserve and the bay.
After a coffee break, it’s time to explore the Kamay Botany Bay National Park. It’s the highlight of this tour, with extensive cliff-top views, some nice bush trails that are easy to navigate, and some historic monuments around the Reserve (including Captain Cook’s landing point).
The overall tour from Arncliffe to Kurnell is about 50kms and takes a good half day, depending on how much sightseeing you do.