10 benefits of taking a self-guided cycling trip

Cycling along the Tasmanian east coast | Oscar Bedford
Cycling along the Tasmanian east coast | Oscar Bedford

The freedom to explore at your own pace, the added peace of mind and the convenience: there are many benefits of going on a self-guided cycling trip.

Here we breakdown 10 reasons why you should consider this style of travel on your next active holiday.

1. Freedom to explore 

Although an in-depth itinerary and route notes are provided to you, on a self-guided bike trip it’s really up to you to decide on the route you take to get to your accommodation. So, if you feel like making a detour to visit a café you’ve heard good things about, or if you want to have a sleep in before setting out on your cycling adventure, the choice is yours.

In the vines in Mudgee |  <i>Ross Baker</i>

2. Pedal at your own pace

There’s no pressure to keep up with a group on a self-guided cycling holiday. You’re provided with an itinerary and are free to pedal as quickly, or as slowly, as you wish to get to your accommodation. Plenty of time to stop and smell the roses!

3. Enjoy your privacy

A self-guided tour makes it possible to enjoy the company of your friends or family without the social interactions of a group. 


4. Self-guided trips are affordable

The absence of a tour guide makes self-guided cycling tours a more affordable option. 

5. Navigational routes and maps included

Just because it’s self-guided doesn’t mean you have to work out the directions yourself. A detailed trip itinerary, route advice and map is provided. For our Australian self-guided trips, we provide you with a handy navigation app that contains GPS tracking.

6. Convenience & peace of mind

All the logistics are taken care of on a self-guided tour, so you don't need to work out the nitty-gritty details. We will organise your accommodation, bike hire, luggage transfer, and provide helpful directions to ensure you see all the sights and don’t get lost. All you need to do is turn up and be ready to ride!

Otago Central Rail Trail Luggage transport |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i>

7. Flexible departure dates

Due to the flexible nature of self-guided cycling tours, you can choose from a wide range of departure dates for your holiday.

8. Sustainability

Not only is cycling already a very sustainable tourism option, the World Expeditions Travel Group 100% offsets all carbon emitted by this trip. Read more about how we foster thoughtful travel.

Checking out the vineyards on the Otago Central Rail Trail |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i>

9. Experience 

We've been operating tours around the world for 45 years, having pioneered self-guided active travel in places like Australia and New Zealand. So you can expect a seamless, first-class experience on your holiday.

10. High-quality bikes & expertise

Our team are passionate about cycling and their extensive knowledge and experience means you get the very best advice – every time. We've teamed up with leading bicycle hire businesses in the regions where we operate so you get the highest quality bikes from reputable manufacturers. Bike hires include well maintained and regularly serviced bike with puncture-resistant tyres.


Which destinations are you interested in cycling to? Let us know in the comment section below.


Self Guided Cycling, Cycling Australia, Australian Cycling Tours, Self Guided Bike Trips

Comment (0)

Your comment will be visible after the administrator's approval.

b i u quote

Save Comment
Join Newsletter
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ADS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Adventures South"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Adventure South</div>
Adventure South NZ is unrivalled in their geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of adventures holidays in New Zealand. Choose from walking, cycling, winter or multi-activity holidays, on either the North or South Island.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/AWH.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Walking Holidays"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Walking Holidays</div>
Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group guided walking adventures. Since 1982 we have been guiding small groups of travellers on Australia's finest walks across our tropical, coastal or red centre landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GCT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Canadian Trails"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Canadian Trails</div>
Great Canadian Trails specialises in active holidays in Canada. With both guided and supported self-guided options available, our unique itineraries draw upon some of Canada's most inspiring parks, trails and landscapes from coast to coast.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/HUM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Humac Challenge"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Huma Charity Challenge</div>
Huma enables those with adventurous spirits to challenge themselves and make a difference for a cause close to their heart. Travel, fundraise and meet life-long friends on one of Huma's meaningful and unique challenges around the world.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Tasmania Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX-new.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Utracks"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions Schools"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions Schools</div>
World Expeditions Schools is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Yomads"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ACT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Cycle Tours"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Cycle Tours</div>
Australian Cycle Tours specialises in high quality self guided and guided cycling experiences in a selection of the most beautiful regions in Australia.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WEX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions</div>
The pioneers of original, worldwide adventure travel holidays since 1975
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TJX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Trail Journeys"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Trail Journeys</div>
Self-guided cycling experts on New Zealand's Otago Rail Trail and more
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/BMAC.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Blue Mountains Adventure Company"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Blue Mountains Adventure Company</div>
The original Blue Mountains canyoning, hiking, climbing and abseiling experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GWNZ.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Walks of New Zealand"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Walks of New Zealand</div>
Explore New Zealand's most spectacular wilderness regions with the self-guided hiking experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/NAA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="North America Active"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>North America Active</div>
USA Canada hiking & cycling tour specialists, choose from self-guided or guided trips