Have you ever had out-of-town visitors unfamiliar with Sydney who wanted to play tourists-on-a-bike for a few hours? Even if you have not, Sydney is best enjoyed on two wheels, and early on a Sunday morning is the time to do it. So, I loaded my bike onto a near-empty Manly ferry and was soon at Circular Quay, after taking the obligatory Sydney Cove shots that I never tire of.
The real tourists were not in sight yet so it was fun riding around the Quay, past the cruise ship port, the Musuem of Contemporary Art, The Rocks, and then under the Bridge.
This is a slow ride because I cannot seem to keep my eyes in front of me; Sydney Harbour is just so beautiful at ground level. I pass around the various wharves, then on to Bangaroo and Darling Harbour.
Soon after passing the Pyrmont Bridge and the Fish Markets, I head towards the suburbs of Glebe and Leichhardt. The Italian Forum plaza is a favourite, and I walk through it every time I see a movie at ‘the Norton’.
I make a bee line towards Sydney University as I’ve always wanted to ride around its wonderful architecture on a non-work day. I enter through the St Pauls College gate, then onto the main grounds.
Leaving the University precinct, I ride through nearby Victoria Park, then pass Central Station, and on to the War Memorial. The city footpaths are empty on a Sunday morning, so they are a safe way to get around.
From the Memorial it’s a pleasant cruise through Hyde Park to the Archibald Fountain, with the grand gothic St Mary’s Cathedral in the background.
Returning to Circular Quay, I pass the Art Gallery and go through the Botanic Gardens for yet another iconic view of our city.
As its about mid-morning and crowds are growing, it is time to end this remarkable 32 km sightseeing loop of Sydney. The Strava map shows my route, but you could start and finish anywhere you like. If you only had three hours to spend in Sydney, two-wheels covers a lot of ground in a most enjoyable way.