Tania Park is right on top of Balgowlah Heights and can be seen on the horizon when you look up from the Manly Ferry. The panoramic views to Manly, North Head, South Head, Watsons Bay, and Middle Head makes this an inspiring a place to start a scenic bike ride.
It’s a short ride to the end ofTabulum Road where you find little-known Dobroyd Head, a local spot which is usually crowded on New Year’s Eve as it has a line of sight to the main city fireworks. You can also see Balmoral Beach which is the turn-around point for this ride.
You can then follow some quiet roads and shared paths towards Battle Boulevarde in Seaforth for some amazing views over The Spit.
It’s a short descent down the Boulevarde onto the Spit Bridge, then curve westerly around the lovely Western Spit Reserve. This boat house always makes me photograph it.
You cross Sydney Road via the Bridge under-pass, then take the local-traffic only Parriwi Road up towards Mosman. An ebike is definitely handy for the steep hills, then it’s an easy cruise down to Balmoral Beach.
The Heritage-listed 1929-built Bather’s Pavilion always looking fantastic when sun-lit against a deep blue sky.
The Balmoral Island is very popular for weddings and picnics, with stunning 360-degree views. The area is picturesque all year; great for long walks as well as bike riding.
Leafy Balmoral Reserve is at the end of the Beach; It’s a sweet spot for a lazy picnic.
Heading back to The Spit the same way I came, I got side-tracked into Upper Spit Road which leads to a bush trail past a Scout Hall then the Parriwi Lookout. It’s an unusual perspective on the familiar Spit Bridge.
From the Lookout you can see across to Clontarf. All stunning views.
Climb up Battle Boulevarde to Seaforth for one last look over The Spit gorge. Its been a great ride over 25kms and two hours. The entire ride was off roads, so this gets a Safe and Scenic tick from me.