Where to rollerski in Sydney
When you first start roller skiing it can be a bit hard to work out where you can do it. With Roller skis in particular you want somewhere that has smooth tarmac and not too many cars. Most of the locations here are based on going there early in the morning or during the week when there aren't many cars. Be aware of cars, bikes and pedestrians and other hazards such as sticks and imperfections in the road. And, always wear safety gear.
In no particular order
Lane Cove National Park
Lane Cove National Park has the best variety of any track with a two car width road that goes up and down hills and through the forest. It can get quite busy there with cars on the weekend so it is best to get there before the gates open on the weekend.
North Head, Manly
The best thing about roller skiing at the North Head near Manly is the views of Sydney Harbour. It looks over the harbour and out to the Pacific Ocean. The road surface is smooth but are annoying speed bumps (moguls). There aren’t many cars on a Sunday morning. The road goes gradually uphill (which is what I want) and if you don't fancy skating uphill you can drive and park up the top. There is a nice cafe there.
Parramatta has a good medium sized loop, about 2.4 km long around the park. There are separate lanes for cars, bikes and walkers so traffic is not a worry. The terrain is relatively flat so it is quite good for beginners.
Western Sydney Parklands
Starting at Glendenning near the cricket ground is a great flat path. There are no cars and few bikes or pedestrians on it even on the weekend. So if you don't fancy getting up early in the morning it is a great option to train on.
Cumberland State Forest, West Pennant Hills
Cumberland State Forest at West Pennant Hills has quite steep hills so it’s ideal for hill training. And when I say steep I mean steep. I would strongly suggest having brakes on your rollerskis or using Skikes. The road is also quite rough and there can be lots of twigs and sticks so I recommend Skikes. There is very little traffic and what cars there are drive very slowly. The area has lots of nice trees and even a café.
Tempe bike track
Starting at Tempe there is a huge range of bike paths. It is generally flat. The only downside to Tempe is that some of the tracks are concrete making it hard for the tips of the poles to dig into the ground.
Bicentennial Park, Homebush
There is a lovely bike path going into the mangrove forests. It’s asphalt all the way. Although there are bikes, in my experience, they are few and tend to be just Mum and Dad out riding with the kids rather than Tour de France wannabes. If you have rollerskis be careful of all the twigs that get dropped onto the track. Also there are wooden bridges which could trip you up. (I use Skikes there instead of roller skis for this reason).
I’m not recommending the main loop because there are too many fast moving bikes. However, on the corner near Oxford st there are some good loops.
M7 bike path (Baulkham Hills to Liverpool)
I haven’t tried this path yet. It should be ideal. It is concrete though and there will be quite a few bikes.
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