So what is so good about the Oceanway Express Ride?
If you are new to the Gold Coast or visiting, this ride is a fantastic ride route and is predominantly flat. This route is busiest on Saturday and Sundays by most of the social group riders and also serves as a base to access the hill climbs.
If you are on the Gold Coast holidaying then you will enjoy the views, the cafes and pristine coastline views
Key Points to look for are
- Burleigh Car Park; A very popular starting/finishing point for group rides. The Oceanway Express route takes you through the car park – entry is opposite the tavern, continue riding south toward the Surf Club where you will find the exit back onto the highway. Continue on through the intersection and over a hill across the Tallebudgera Creek.
- Tallebudgera Creek/ Talle Surf Club intersection; There is a safer inland route to Currumbin via residential streets with good bike lanes. (See #1 Key Route Observations above)
- Currumbin Village; Currumbin’s is a magical coastal beach front Cafe strip, where I am sure you will be very tempted to stop and enjoy. You will cycle through this strip and turn left at a roundabout as you approach the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary, where you head to Tugan Village (expect a nice little kicker of a hill to climb over 50mtrs)
- Tugun Village to Kirra; As you move through Tugun you will be cycling on a parallel internal road to the highway which moves south to the Coolangatta (Gold Coast Airport on your far right). This internal road will take straight through to Kirra as you continue to hug the coastline. Most local cyclists take a left turn at “Gibson Street” which will take you to Pacific Parade, The Parade hugs the Beach (magnificent views) and will deliver you into Kirra. If you are looking for coffee, watch out for Kirramasu Cafe – a cyclist favourite.
Kirra is the entry point the to Coolangatta. When you reach the end of the Cooloongatta Beach strip there is a T intersection and a sharp left up a hill, you are nearly there, just one more climb, short but sharp, and you will be at the car park on top of Point Danger . Check out Cafe d’Bar which is a popular cafe.
All cafes see here
Most levels of fitness are suitable for this ride, although the 2 climbs into Point Danger are very steep and challenging.
There is also a flatter back door (less steep) option around to the right of Point Danger.
The Oceanway Express is a fantastic ride to get your Gold Coast Cycling bearings and a great tourist experience as it can be a scenic amble or a flat out pace…totally your choice.
Gold Coast’s and the climate here allows you a very good cycling experience all year round. T
Some Reference reading on this Ride