Port Stephens is great for cycling, from serious mountain bikers right through to families who enjoy a safe and scenic bike ride. A Port Stephens bike ride offers amazing views and very little traffic.
Port Stephens has many shared paths that provide safe cycling around the peninsula, taking you from Salamander Bay right through to Fingal Bay with some spectacular waterviews as you pass from Bagnalls Beach to Dutchies Beach to Nelson Bay. There's some shaded riding through bush and reserves from Shoal Bay to Fingal Bay and plenty of parks, playgrounds and cafes along the way.
You can choose from shorter rides of 2km, or longer rides of 8km and 12km routes that are ideal for family outings, commuting or recreational riding and walking. With approximately 50km of shared paths throughout the area, there is plenty of scenery to enjoy!
Several long routes are available including 2km, 8km and 12km routes that connect to well maintained picnic, bbq and recreation areas as well as links to shops and playing fields.
There are ample areas to rest and relax with amenities in many of the parks and reserves along the way.
Raymond Terrace to Heatherbrae - 2km
This route joins the southern end of the Raymond Terrace CBD (Swan Street) to Heatherbrae. Picnic facilities and public amenities are available at Bettles Park and also at the Heatherbrae Service Centre (Pacific Highway).
- Raymond Terrace to Heatherbrae cycleway map (PDF 137KB)
Raymond Terrace to Medowie - 11km
This route connects the two communities of Raymond Terrace and Medowie. Starting at the Lakeside Leisure Centre carpark, the route passes Finnan Park Picnic Area, (bbq and toilet facilities) then skirts the Grahamstown Dam shoreline. Next stop is the Grahamstown Aquatic Centre (picnic area) and then through the rural area of Medowie into the main shopping centre. This is an easy ride for all users with minimal road crossing points with the route being entirely off road.
- Raymond Terrace to Medowie cycleway map (PDF 103KB)
Nelson Bay to Fingal Bay - 8km
This route connects the three communities of Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay and Fingal Bay. The route runs from Dutchies Beach to Fingal Bay via Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay.
The route runs through the busy foreshore marina area of Nelson Bay with many facilities available (food, toilets, marina activities, beaches, picnic and play equipment) then along the coast of the bay passed the playing fields and recreation areas at Neil Carol Park (picnic, skateboard ramp, toilets).
It involves riding on road (Achilles Street to Gowrie Avenue) and requires care for younger riders even though it is a quiet street. Next stop is Shoal Bay, with all the facilities of a small village (shops, great beaches, toilets) and then onto Fingal Bay where you will find ample parks and facilities for picnics and recreation with a patrolled surf beach.
This is a relatively easy ride for all users with care needed on the on road sections (Achilles Street, Nelson Bay and Horace Street, Shoal Bay).
- Nelson Bay to Fingal Bay cycleway map (PDF 106KB)
Council has approximately 50km of shared paths throughout the community. These consist of links between recreation areas, schools, business centres and community facilities.
Open the attached documents to view the Shared Paths in Anna Bay, Corlette, Salamander Bay, Tanilba Bay, Mallabula, Lemon Tree Passage, Soldiers Point, Medowie, Raymond Terrace and Seaham.
Download one of our shared path maps:
- All shared cycleways map (PDF 613KB)
- Medowie (PDF 376KB)
- Nelson Bay (PDF 540KB)
- Raymond Terrace (PDF 848KB)
- Anna Bay to Boat Harbour (PDF 437KB)
- Campvale (PDF 152KB)
- Fingal Bay (PDF 483KB)
- Seaham to Wallalong (PDF 443KB)
- Tillgerry (PDF 590KB)
Things to remember when using the shared paths:
- Shared paths are used by both pedestrians and bicycles and care should be taken in areas of high pedestrian activity. Slow down to walking speed.
- Keep to the left on the path, this allows others to safely pass you if they wish.
- Warn pedestrians of your approach by ringing your bell or call out 'coming through'.
- Pedestrians and cyclists who wish to stop, should move off the path so they don't obstruct path users.
- If you are walking with your dog, please keep it on a short lead and on the left.
The shared paths have several road crossing points which require the pedestrians and cyclists to give way to the vehicular traffic using the road. Young children under the age of 10 years should be well supervised by an adult even on quiet back streets and should be taught to keep to the left.
By law, all cyclists, regardless of age, must wear an Australian standards approved bicycle helmet whenever they ride.