Cycle routes

Cycle routes

Creating a good cycling route is a major challenge for new riders. For your safety and enjoyment, look for roads with dedicated bike lanes and low traffic volumes for a hassle-free ride. The best routes can be found in a number of local maps, such as:

There are also a number of online bicycle route mapping programs such as Co-HopRide the City and Bikely, plus various Apps available.

Which is the best route to take?

There are many different options available to you depending on the direction you're cycling in to Campus.  These are just some of our suggestions with users' pros and cons to help you decide which is best for you depending on your skill and confidence level.  Please note, some cyclists may find the cons listed to actually be positives for their skill/fitness level (ie hill climbs), and that's ok.

Which direction are you coming from?

Epping Station

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Epping Station to Macquarie University - via Epping Rd

  • Pros:  This is your quickest and most direct option from Epping Station
  • Cons:  Epping Rd can get quite busy and there is no bicycle lane for the entire journey

Epping Station to Macquarie University - via Pembroke St and Epping Rd

  • Pros: Combines some quiet roads with cycle paths with the directness of Epping Road
  • Cons:  Epping Rd can get quite busy and there is no bicycle lane for the whole journey

Epping Station to Macquarie University - via Blaxland/Vimiera Rd

  • Pros:  This route will take you on much quieter roads
  • Cons:  Vimiera Rd goes through quite a deep gully, so what goes down must come up!

Turramurra Station

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Turramurra Station to Macquarie University - via Kissing Point Rd and Browns Waterhole

  • Pros:  This route takes you on mostly quiet back roads, with the majority of the ride downhill.  The route also takes you through Lane Cove National Park via Browns Waterhole
  • Cons:  The track through Lane Cove National Park is quite twisty and steep on either side of the gully.  Take care if this is your first time riding through this area (though the track is completely sealed and quite wide).  With minimal to no lighting at night, this route is not advised after dark for your own personal safety

Turramurra Station to Macquarie University - via Pacific Hway

  • Pros:  This route is mostly downhill
  • Cons:  This route will take you on very busy roads (Pacific Hwy and Lane Cove Rd), care should be taken to maximise your presence on the road with flashing lights, reflective bands and bright clothing

Lindfield Station

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Lindfield Station to Macquarie University - via Talavera Rd

  • Pros:  This is the most direct route to Campus, mostly downhill though some inclines as well.
  • Cons:  This route will take you on some busy roads, such as Lane Cove Road

Lindfield Station to Macquarie University - via Delhi Rd

  • Pros:  This route includes the Epping Road cycleway from Dehli Rd all the way to Campus
  • Cons:  This is a longer route, with Dehli Road being quite busy with peak-hour traffic

Lindfield Station to Macquarie University - via Riverside Dr (not shown on above map)

For further details on this trip, request directions in Google Maps from Lindfield Station to Macquarie University, via Riverside Dr.

  • Pros:  This route includes following Lane Cove River on Riverside Drive between Delhi Rd and Lane Cove Rd, through the Lane Cove National Park
  • Cons:  Riverside Drive is poorly lit, so not advised for riding after dark. Also the National Park gates are locked at the entrance/exit of Riverside Drive between dusk and dawn

Chatswood Station

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Chatswood Station to Macquarie University - via Delhi Rd

  • Pros:  This is the most direct route from Chatswood Station, includes Epping Road cycle path from Delhi Rd all the way to Campus
  • Cons:  Delhi Rd can be quite busy with peak-hour traffic

Chatswood Station to Macquarie University - via Epping Rd

  • Pros:  This route includes the Epping Rd cycle path from Lane Cove shops all the way to Campus
  • Cons:  This is the longest route option from Chatswood Station, and takes the rider on a zig-zaggy route from Chatswood Station to Lane Cove shops

Chatswood Station to Macquarie University - via Lady Game Dr

  • Pros:  Unknown
  • Cons:  This route incorporates some busy, peak-hour roads, such as Lady Game Dr and Lane Cove Rd

Chatswood Station to Macquarie University - via Riverside Dr (not shown on above map)

For further details on this trip, request directions in Google Maps from Chatswood Station to Macquarie University, via Riverside Dr.

  • Pros:  This route includes following Lane Cove River on Riverside Drive between Delhi Rd and Lane Cove Rd, through the Lane Cove National Park
  • Cons:  Riverside Drive is poorly lit, so not advised for riding after dark, also the National Park gates are locked at the entrance/exit of Riverside Drive between dusk and dawn

North Sydney Station

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North Sydney Station to Macquarie University - via Pacific Hway & Epping Rd

  • Pros: Most direct route, utilising a cycle path from M2 at Hampden Rd entrance/exit all the way to Campus
  • Cons:  This route travels along Pacific Hwy, which can get busy in peak-hour traffic.  It also incorporates nice declines as well as inclines, so depending on your level of fitness and confidence this could be a little intimidating

Rozelle

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Rozelle to Macquarie University - via Victoria Rd

  • Pros:  Most direct route, utilises the Shrimptons Creek Cycle Path from Quarry Rd to Waterloo Rd
  • Cons:  Predominantly uphill, and incorporates Victoria Rd, which can be very busy during peak-hour

Rozelle to Macquarie University - via Epping Rd

  • Pros:  Incorporates the Epping Rd cycle path from Lane Cove all the way to Campus
  • Cons:  This route includes a ferry, and is quite hilly

Rozelle to Macquarie University - via Victoria Rd and Pittwater Rd

  • Pros:  This is the shortest route offered, and incorporates the Epping Rd cycle path from Pittwater Rd intersection all the way to Campus
  • Cons:  Incorporates busy Victoria and Pittwater Rds, and is quite hilly

Strathfield Station

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Strathfield Station to Macquarie University - via Old Meadowbank Rail Bridge

  • Pros:  Most direct route, incorporating the cycle path over the Old Meadowbank Rail Bridge, and Shrimptons Creek cycle path from Quarry Rd all the way to uni
  • Cons:  This route is mostly uphill, with a steep incline from Meadowbank to Quarry Rd

Strathfield Station to Macquarie University - via Victoria Rd

  • Pros:  Incorporates the Shrimptons Creek cycle path from Quarry Rd all the way to uni
  • Cons:  Incorporates a ferry trip and travels along Victoria Rd, which can get quite busy during peak-hour traffic

Parramatta Station

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Parramatta Station to Macquarie University - via Parramatta Valley Cycleway

  • Pros:  This route incorporates the Parramatta Valley Cycleway and Shrimptons Creek Cycleway, giving the rider a relatively flat journey
  • Cons:  Incorporates one steep incline from Meadowbank to Quarry Rd, also there may not be adequate lighting on cycle ways after dark, caution is advised

Parramatta Station to Macquarie University - via M4 and Parramatta Valley Cycleway

  • Pros:  This route incorporates the Parramatta Valley Cycleway and Shrimptons Creek Cycleway, giving the rider a relatively flat journey
  • Cons:  Incorporates the M4, which is a very busy motorway, and one steep incline from Meadowbank to Quarry Rd.  Also there may not be adequate lighting on cycle ways after dark, caution is advised

Parramatta Station to Macquarie University - via M2

  • Pros:  This route offers the rider a steady incline, before peaking and declining towards uni
  • Cons:  This route incorporates busy peak-hour roads, including the M2

Castle Hill

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Castle Hill to Macquarie University - via M2

  • Pros:  This is the most direct route to uni, and is predominantly downhill
  • Cons:  Incorporates the M2, which is a busy peak-hour motorway (cycle path on M2 should be researched first in case of road works)

Castle Hill to Macquarie University - via Old Northern Rd and M2

  • Pros:  This route does include some inclines, but is predominantly downhill
  • Cons:  Incorporates the M2, which is a busy peak-hour motorway (cycle path on M2 should be researched first in case of road works)

Castle Hill to Macquarie University - via Castle Hill Rd

  • Pros:  This route avoids the M2, and is predominantly downhill
  • Cons:  Utilises and crosses some major busy peak-hour roads, such as Pennant Hills, Beecroft & Epping Rds
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