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Introducing the NRRT

In 2013 a group of local philanthropists on the Northern Rivers came together with a common vision to preserve the valuable community asset that is the 130km of disused rail corridor connecting Murwillumbah, Byron Bay and Casino and convert it into a modern cycling and walking trail through the region’s spectacular landscapes. Fast forward 8 years and, despite an unimaginable amount of resistance, this inspiring project is finally coming to life with construction of the ‘Tweed’ section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail (NRRT) due to begin in the coming months. 

It’s shovel ready, construction is set to start

Anyone who has been to or even heard about the Northern Rivers will be somewhat familiar with the immense natural beauty, environmental consciousness and cultural depth that we are fortunate to have available to us in this region. Beyond just the ‘Byron bubble’ there are expansive vistas, ample wildlife and historic villages in abundance. One of the biggest appeals of Byron and the Northern Rivers is the ability to feel connected with the countryside and small-town living while you are here. Looking at the success of relevant case studies such as the Otago & Great Victorian Rail Trails, it’s fair to say that this recent news about the progress of the NRRT has signalled an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to start dreaming that little bit more about the opportunities a rail trail will bring to the NSW Northern Rivers.

For locals and travellers alike

Locals will have available a highly accessible piece of infrastructure that will directly reduce congestion on the roads whilst supporting zero-emissions travel and generally combating the growing ‘automobility’ of society. Similarly, for visitors this corridor opens up the opportunity to venture inland and spread the isolated tourism value of Byron Bay to other regional areas like the Tweed, Lismore & Richmond Valley. Along the way, why not enjoy a beer at the Eltham Hotel, a coffee at Elwood Cafe in Burringbar or a visit to the Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah…

Throughout 2021, we’ll be keeping you updated on the progress of the track. There’s still plenty of work to be achieved, including numerous approvals and large amounts of funding, before the entire 130km of the trail becomes a reality, though as they say “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”. 

Get involved

If, like us, you’d like to see this vacant corridor of land one day thrive as a multi-purpose tourism corridor, there are plenty of ways you can get involved and help make the NRRT a reality, including: crowdfunding campaigns, online subscriptions and petitions as well as donating or sponsoring the rail trail. 

In the meantime, get to know the route by road on The Road Trip Northern Rivers Trail Tour. Over 2-3 days, you’ll cover the full length of the proposed trail from Casino to Murwillumbah on a self-guided or bike-packing journey. 

For more information on the NRRT, please go to northernriversrailtrail.org.au/get-involved/ or contact us at bookings@lifecyclestravel.com  

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Welcome to 2021, Welcome to Byron

What a time to be alive, and what a time to be in Byron! It seems as though overnight this little beach town on the NSW north coast, once known for schoolies, splendour and surfing, has become the place to be in Australia. And for good reason…

Turning back the clock to 2017, we knew we had plenty of learning ahead of us when we packed up lives in Sydney and decided to launch a cycling tour company in Byron Bay. Looking back now, it’s hard to believe we had the courage to make that bold decision, the only thing we really knew about cycling on the far north coast was an annual nude bike ride in Nimbin (still yet to make our maiden appearance at that one funny enough).

“That’s so Byron.”

But we believed in Byron, we still do. There really is no place like it, and whether you love it or not you can’t help be fascinated by it. People now say things like “That’s so Byron”, a reflection of how ingrained this place has become in Aussie social culture. 

Whether the Byron we know now is still here in 10 or 20 years time, who knows, time will tell. The important thing is that the Byron of 2021 is an absolute sell-out show. And hats off to everyone who has been a part of that success. The restaurants, cafes, hotels, bars, musicians, fashion labels, breweries, distilleries and the like. We’re pretty lucky to have such an amazing selection of people and businesses continuing to emerge here who we can work with and be inspired by on a daily basis. 

If one thing is for certain it’s that Byron is the place to be, and now is the time to be here. In 2021, we’re ‘keeping it local’ and, as well as staying true to our flagship tour The Byron Holiday, we recently launched The Beach House, a luxury all-inclusive beachfront retreat experience for private groups, and are now offering self-guided and bike-packing itineraries as part of The Road Trip series. 

So, what are you up to in 2021? If you haven’t already, maybe it’s about time you thought about coming to Byron…

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The Bond Between Father and Son

My love of cycling is a story that’s almost as old as I am. It’s about a bond that a father has with his son, and has roots that are stronger than any high modulus carbon frame. 

Like all good Aussie stories, it involves a summer bbq on a Sunday afternoon. I was 3, and with no one else under the age of about 40 there, a tennis court and a 12-inch kids bike kept me company. Having never ridden a bike before, it was inevitable where my afternoon was headed. Forget about training wheels. With a couple of push-starts from my dad and some character-building early tumbles on the sandy artificial grass, I was away and flying. Endless laps around the 50m circuit, dropping the inside shoulder in every time I buzzed past the net post before cutting a big skid as I made my arc around the baseline each lap…at least that’s how I remember it. If only Strava was around in the early ’90s, I’d definitely be the local legend for ‘Strathfield Tennis Court – Anti Clockwise Loop’!!!

From that day on I was hooked. Every Sunday, I’d be waiting impatiently from about 6:30am for my dad to get up and take me for a lap around ‘The Bay’. He’d run, I’d ride. Out of the saddle with one gear the whole 14 kilometres. He had been a keen marathon runner for years and, even after (what I later learned was often) a solid night on ‘the reds’, he never let me down and we’d be out the door not long after sunrise for our weekly inner-west training session.

In the almost 30 years since then, cycling has become a hallmark in our relationship. It’s taken us on a long list of amazing adventures both around Australia and the world, and there hasn’t been a family dinner in years that’s been without a solid chat about cassette ratios or tyre selections.

As Fathers Day rolls around, I know we’re both eagerly awaiting our next ride together: a 7-day Gravel Adventure around the Byron Hinterland and Border Ranges in late September with a group of his closest friends. Until then, Happy Fathers Day to my dad and all the other dads out there. We’ll see you on the road soon.

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NEW Byron Bay Cycling Holidays HERE TO STAY

It’s long been said, the best thing to do is to get back on your bike.

At Lifecycles Travel we take that advice very literally. So when you’re ready, here is our new Byron Bay Cycling Holiday package which will remain a permanent fixture on our annual cycling calendar.

Holidays run once a month from February to May and August through to November. There are package options for you to choose from which enable you to really make the most of your holiday.

The length of stay is optional, you can stay for 4 or 7 days. All packages come with complimentary bike hire, so if you don’t want to travel with your own bike, you don’t have to.

The Northern Rivers has a varied and scenic mix of terrain, there is something for every rider. Choose the scenic route, endurance road riding or gravel road adventures. If you’d like to incorporate a rest day activity, you can! There is whale-watching, yoga classes, horse riding, surfing or massages available.

Breaking it down, this is how to book :

1. Choose the length of the trip and the time of year
2. Choose the bike, Checkpoint Gravel Bike or Domane Road Bike
3. Choose the type of terrain and experienc
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Share this holiday with your friends and family, it’s something for you all to look forward to. You can travel solo by booking a private room. Or select twin share if you wish to share with a partner or friend.

Want to know more?

Upcoming dates :

August 24-30 BE QUICK | September SOLD OUT | October 12-18 | November 9-15

The Rides:
Ride the meandering and beautiful subtropical Byron Bay coast and hinterland with your own local guides. Whether you’re a beginner rider looking to gain some confidence and experience on the open roads, a seasoned road rider who wants to find all the best local climbs and cafes, or even a keen gravel enthusiast looking to get off the beaten track and pick up some new riding skills, let us and our professional tour guides show you the way. Each morning rides start at 7am and go for 3 to 5 hours.

Accommodation: The Atlantic Byron Bay

In the heart of town and walking distance to beaches and restaurants, The Atlantic hotel presents a luxury collection of individually styled guestrooms and beautiful communal spaces. There are complimentary McTavish surfboards for your afternoon surf, a swimming pool for post-ride dips and fully functional kitchens for your pre-ride breakfast each morning.

Post-ride restaurants and cafes:
You’ll spend the mornings riding and finish each ride with a lunch stop at our favourite restaurants and cafes. For the rest of the day and evening, you’re then welcome to enjoy all that Byron has to offer including the beautiful beaches, restaurants, retail stores and landmarks.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Byron Bay and show you our favourite routes. If you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you, send us an email at bookings@lifecyclestravel.com.

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Gearing Up For The Road Back – Cycling Along Not Alone with Lifecycles Travel

Taking it literally at Lifecycles Travel, we are travelling the road back and invite you along for the ride.

Like you I’m sure, we put the recent lockdown to good use. The slower life allowed us to reflect on what we had achieved in the last three years since starting Lifecycles Travel. We were able to reassess our goals. Inspired by the agility and innovation of so many local and small businesses, we decided to put our minds to ‘the road back’ and how we can bring safe, socially distant active experiences into a future of new local cycling adventures.

Corona virus has long been considered a battle on two fronts – the virus and the economy. 

Whilst we are now coming out of the woods in terms of the actual virus, we are all still feeling the economic effects of this situation. From many keen cyclists, that has meant the cancellation of their dream European cycling holiday in 2020 and with that a sense of deflation at not having that goal to look forward to, train for and continue to motivate them to be the healthiest version of themselves.

So we set out to offer a range of world-class cycling tours, in our home Byron Bay, that you can experience right now. With domestic travel restrictions about to be lifted, where else than the warm, tropical, ‘wellness’ capital of Australia would you rather be? The Byron Bay hinterland is arguably the best kept secret in Australian cycling and is the perfect addition to Byron’s famous selection of restaurants, hotels & AirBnb’s.

Cycling is a safe activity to transition back into travel.

Lifecycles Travel offers an impressive range of cycling tours and services, ranging from single day bike hire & guided rides to week-long fully supported cycling holidays. Beginner riders can learn new skills under the tuition of our tour guides and become confident cyclists whilst using our premium Trek carbon fibre bikes. For more advanced riders, there’s an endless amount of rolling hinterland roads within reach of Byron, and with the recent addition of our 3 dayBorder Ranges Gravel Adventure‘ tour, there’s no shortage of challenge for you to relish.

Introducing the Hinterland Overnighter Tour: this socially-distant self-guided experience is one of the recent additions to our tours. Starting and finishing in Byron village, spend 2 days riding quiet country roads, in search of coffee stops and local cuisines, tied together with a night of secluded cabin accommodation in the majestic Byron Bay hinterland, a gourmet dinner basket and your luggage transported for you.

All tours are based out of the popular north coast holiday town of Byron Bay, which is accessed via 2 airports as well as the recently upgraded Pacific Highway, so within easy reach of any Australian domestic traveller.

To book and find out more information on upcoming tours, visit lifecyclestravel.com

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Staying ahead of the Covid-19 curve.

Life is not really operating like any other day right now. Impacts on travel and where and when we can go are still grey.
That’s why we have decided to introduce a temporary cancellation policy. It’s a policy to give us confidence in doing our part, organising great trips, and gives you the opportunity to start planning your next holiday. Actually have something to look forward to without financial stress or worry. Consider this cancellation policy your trusty spares kit for the somewhat bumpy roads ahead.

Here are the details of our cancellation policy. You can find this in full on our Terms and Conditions page here.

Covid-19 ‘cancel at any time’ Cancellation Policy

Due to the circumstances of COVID-19 and its impacts on the travel industry, Lifecycles Travel has introduced a temporary cancellation policy.

The policy will cover:

Any purchase of domestic travel including rides, holidays or bike hire purchased with the intent to conduct travel between 1st May 2020 and 31st December 2020 can be cancelled and customers will be issued a full refund.

Any purchase of international travel including Italy Grand Tours purchased with the intent to conduct travel between 1st May 2020 and 31st December 2021 can be cancelled and customers will be issued a full refund.

Customers can ‘cancel at any time’ and receive a refund if COVID-19 has directly impacted their ability to engage with Lifecycles Travel and their cycling tourism products. This includes government-imposed travel bans and restrictions, sickness or poor health and/or unforeseeable impacts of COVID-19.

Over the coming weeks and months we will be rolling out some new trips and holidays in preparation for reopening. We are ready to kick back into gear and you’ll love what we’ve got in store.

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My man rides bikes, should I get into it?

Ever waited, and waited for your cyclist boyfriend or husband to come home so you can finally start enjoying the weekend? This was me until…

I got myself a shiny blue bike and some bloody independence!

People say “Alice, are you into cycling?” I answer you’re only into cycling if someone takes you along and shows you the way. It’s the physical challenge and the social aspect that grabs your interest. Then the inclusion and involvement in cycling groups sweeps you up and there’s no turning back. It’s both fun and rewarding.


“Let’s just say I’ve come along way from flat pedals and riding in Nike running shorts and a Bonds t-shirt.” Alice laughs.

Someone once told me that when you’re older, (I guess I’m at the age now to know what he means…) you should try a different sport, something you’ve never done before. This advice is not to broaden your horizons, keep your body in shape or to avoid boredom, but to test your present self. If you continue to do the same things in your adult life as you did when you were a kid you’ll always be competing with your younger self. Let’s be honest, your younger self may always be faster, stronger and happier in your mind. Cycling, for me, was a sport with new personal records, emerging conditioning, new competitors to beat and of course new shiny toys, apparel and equipment to dream about.

Starting out, my first ride was a disaster.

That ‘someone’ who took me out and introduced me to cycling, went down a hill too fast for me and I lost him. Turned a corner at the bottom of the street, never to be seen for at least 45mins of hot hilly hysteria in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. You can’t store a phone in a Bonds t-shirt… If it wasn’t for the coffee stop and listening to the adventures of others that morning, I wouldn’t have done it again… It seems that everyone has their cycling war stories that both build determination and of course character. I laugh about it now.

Read My Journey from B to B by Chris Boogert who took his ‘hobby’ to a whole new level after a serious crash in the Blayney to Bathurst.

Now I can cycle a long way, at great elevation and even go down hills fast enough to not get dropped. It’s an awesome sport with endless physical benefits, but this repetitive movement that gets you out of bed early and exposes you to a whole different friendship group, also plays wonders for your mental health. My advice: don’t wait for your boyfriend or husband to get home, get out there yourself.

If I can do it, you can do it too.

Got a funny or similar story? Tell us about it.
Who got you into cycling and what went down on your first couple of rides?!

Nevermind the chain tattoo, I’m getting into it, and learning a bit more every day.
And a bit of encouragement goes a long way!
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The Velothon Sunshine Coast

The Tour de France is not the only exciting thing happening this Winter. The Velothon Sunshine Coast, now in its 3rd year, is one of the most exciting new cycling events in Australia. It will be taking place 19 – 21 July 2019. This is your opportunity to race in a multi-stage cycling event & compete for the coveted yellow jersey. Be part of the team… You’ll be racing for the Australian Cycling Academy right here on their home soil. They will be back after their successful season overseas, and you’ll get the opportunity to ride with the young motivated professionals. Oh, & did we mention the mid-20’s winter weather on the Sunshine Coast? That’s worth the plane trip alone!!!


Chris and Alice rode the 1 Day Velothon in its first year. “We both had a great time riding, it’s such a well organised event and Chris even came third” Alice recalls.

Teaming up with the Sunshine Coast’s very own UCI Continental level cycling team, the Australian Cycling Academy (ACA), is exciting for us too… We are offering 2 unique tours to the Velothon. 3-day Velo riders can sign up for the Velothon Team Experience and get a taste of racing with the support of a pro team. You’ll receive transfers to & from each stage, ride with real Pro Racing Sunshine Coast team riders, have your equipment cleaned & ready for each day & learn from their professional race directors.


“This year we are working more closely with the Australian Cycling Academy and have even developed a Lifestyle Experience which includes two tourist rides”. Chris explained that this will encourage partners and riders to come to the area and experience the culture and lifestyle.

If racing for 3 days is not your thing, but you’d like to experience a destination at its fullest when you visit, then sign up for our Velothon Lifestyle Experience. You’ll spend 2 days riding the best of the Sunshine Coast, visiting local iconic destinations and meeting the people who make this region so special. Join us for the ‘Village Ride’ and the ‘Market Ride’, before competing in the 1-day Velo on Sunday 21 July. The support & knowledge you receive from our professional ACA staff will make you a stronger & more confident rider for future events.

Learn more about each trip and book your spot by clicking on the links below:

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Cycling in the Dolomites: an inspiring Italian adventure

A lakeside group dinner filled with cheese, wine, meat, laughter, speeches, awards and more cheese. These were the joyous, late-night scenes of the finale dinner on our inaugural Park Bikes Dolomites Grand Tour 2018.

And though this trip was more about the once in a lifetime experiences riding over the fascinating landscapes and awe-inspiring passes of the Dolomites, this moment will no doubt remain at the pointy end of the many lasting memories, and is a reminder of the real element of atmosphere and comradery that accompanied the world-class riding on this trip.

Having just completed 8 of the most challenging and inspiring days of cycling in our lives, including climbs such as the Stelvio, Gavia, Mortirolo & Sella Ronda, this group of adventure-seeking Aussie cyclists were not going to miss their chance to let their hair down and celebrate for the night.

When we first sat down with Nash Kent (owner of Park Bikes, Sydney) to discuss the idea of organising a trip to the Dolomites for his customers, we began a journey that has reinforced so much confidence in why we do what we do. Our first international trip was an amazing success, not only due to the fantastic group of people who were involved but the months of successful planning and execution. Furthermore, we are now more excited than ever to go back. We’ve worked on many ways to improve the logistics, and can’t wait till the 9th of June 2019 so we can provide an even better customer experience.

Some of the most lasting memories of the trip in 2018 are those that can only come about from bringing together a diverse group of people who share a common healthy interest, such as riding a bike up a bloody big mountain! We are on the scout for another great bunch of people.


Climbing the Stelvio Pass is a special experience that any passionate cyclist should attempt at least once in their life. If you’re even a little bit interested in joining us, this is the trip of a lifetime, come and ride with us!

The 75 switchbacks that lead up to what is the highest paved mountain pass in Italy demands courage and respect, yet rewards all that conquer it with so much pride and self-admiration, something that all of last year’s guests can attest to. Every single rider made it to the top of the Stelvio Pass!

This year, we will be returning to Italy for our 2nd edition of the Dolomites Grand Tour, 9-18th June 2019. As well as revisiting this year’s key climbs, 2019 guests will have the opportunity to take on a number of other famous climbs of the Giro d’Italia, including the Monte Grappa & Passo Giau. If you’re interested in joining the Park Bikes Dolomites Grand Tour 2019, or you’d like some more information, click the button below to fill in your details.

There’s only one thing left to do… Book your spot.

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Australian Cycling Academy: Take your riding to the next level

Lifecycles Travel is now working with our neighbours to the North, the Australian Cycling Academy (ACA), to provide a range of 3-day training camps and cycling tours on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. You’ve probably already heard about the ACA, their success as a pro-continental academy and cycling team under the guidance of team owners and former professional cyclists Ben Kersten & Matt Wilson has no doubt been one of the most exciting stories in Australian cycling this year. Have a quick watch of their launch video and you’ll see what we mean!

It’s not all just for the professionals.

What you may not know about the ACA is that they are committed to creating a better future for not just the professionals, but all Australian cyclists. Their ‘pro team’ standard training camps and tours, which take you along the amazing and varied routes of the beautiful Sunshine Coast, are run by some of the best in the business and are designed to cater for all levels of cyclists. Whether you are looking for that winning-edge, an excuse for a holiday or just looking to escape the cold this Winter, an ACA training camp is sure to change the way you ride your bike!

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For detailed itineraries and to book any of their 3 upcoming camps click the ‘more details’ button below, or contact us and we will help you choose your ideal experience.

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