The Essentials including the Burbs

Explore the city, sample some local treats, and learn about the history of Newcastle all in this half-day cycle tour!

Starting off, we'll visit the major sights of Nobbys Beach and the surrounding area, including the harbour, foreshore, and Nobby's Lighthouse. Your local guide will take you by the changing street-art scene before pedaling to the 'burbs. This is where
we 'go local', unveiling a layer of our regional history by enjoying some of the most authentic, local, Newcastle specialties. Your guide will provide insights along with each tasting, explaining the historical importance of the food and how it relates to Newy's legacy. The choices here are endless. Vendors vary their opening times depending on weather and special events, which is why your knowledgable guide will make sure that you get to sample the best of what's fresh and local during your tour.

We'll then enjoy lunch at a local favorite and tastings of gin or beer before we wrap up.
This tour is a great way to familiarize yourself with the history of Newcastle, the locals, the food and drink scene, and have a blast while exploring.


Tour Highlights

• Nobbys Beach and Lighthouse • Newcastle Foreshore
• The art precinct • Off the beaten track suburbs
• Lunch at a local favorite • Tastings of local gin or beer

Meeting Point

This tour departs from Camp Shortland at Nobbys Beach, Pasha Way, Newcastle East NSW 2300. Look for your guide wearing yellow in the middle of the park between the beach and harbour carparks.

Important Information
What are your covid policies, and will I need to wear a mask?

We adhere to all current NSW covid policies with regards to wearing masks. All guests must scan in to venues using the Service NSW app as required. All equipment including bikes and helmets are sanitized prior to each tour.

Where is the meeting point?

This tour departs from Camp Shortland at Nobbys Beach, Pasha Way, Newcastle East NSW 2300.

What is your cancellation policy?

We’re happy to offer free changes and 100% refund up to 24 hours before tour departure. Failure to cancel a reservation at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure may result in forfeited travel funds. Fare difference may apply.

What is your weather policy?

Tour is weather permitting and will go ahead in light rain. If deemed unsafe to ride the tour will be cancelled, and we will reach out to you. It's best to bring light rain gear along!

Is this tour appropriate for children?

We unfortunately do not yet have smaller bike options available, however children are welcome to join if they are tall enough to ride one of our bikes or bring their own.

What kind of bikes do you have?

Each bike is unique and has been created in the image of Newcastle, lovingly spray painted to represent the essence of 'Newy'. Each bike is single speed, with front and back brakes. There are no hills on this tour, so no need for anything fancy.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes, it is required by law to wear a helmet. These are provided free of charge.

What are your hygiene regulations?

All equipment is sanitized prior to each tour.

Do we go inside the museums and monuments?

We will take plenty of time at each site to explain its history and significance, but this tour is focused on tasting and see Newy from a broad perspective. As such, we will not enter any monuments while on tour.

How long is the ride?

This tour is approx. 3.5 hours long covering about 6.2 miles/10 kilometers.

Can I leave the tour early?

Yes, just let us know ahead of time.

Do you have electric bikes? If so, are they pedal-assist, or throttle?

Yes, electric bikes can be arranged at a $50 surcharge. By law in NSW, bikes are pedal assist only.

Is there a place to store bags and luggage during the tour?

No, we unfortunately cannot store any bags. We recommend only bringing what you'd like to take with you on tour.

Is water included or can I purchase some before the tour?

A small bottle of water is supplied at the start of the tour.

If food is included, and can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

Yes, all dietary concerns can be adhered to within reason. Please note when booking.

Is the cost of food & drink included?

Yes! We'll have a hearty late lunch at a local stop, cost included. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available at some stops on the tour including local wine, beer and gin. Soft drinks, juices and water will also be available.

Will there be a basket on my bike or a way to carry my bag?

There is a small front bag on the bike suitable for wallets, camera, phone etc. If bringing a bag on tour we recommend a backpack with two shoulder straps.

Should I bring cash?

Yes - or card. Some of the venues we visit have great take home options.

Are there hills?

Don't worry, this tour route is completely flat.

What about traffic?

This tour takes place on approximately 85% bicycle paths with a small amount of riding on quiet wide roads.

What fitness level is required?

This is an easy ride! A moderate level of fitness is required.

Can I bring my own bicycle?

Yes, just let us know in the booking notes.

What should I wear and bring on tour?

Please wear closed toed shoes and comfortable riding clothes appropriate to the season and conditions.

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