From easy meanders on hire bikes around Canberra’s picturesque lakes to exhilarating hit-outs on dirt roads through the Brindabella Mountains, the city offers something for cyclists of every level. We’ve compiled the best cycling routes around Canberra.
If you didn’t bring your own set of wheels, hire a road or mountain bike from the Cyclery, Braddon, or one of the Spinway Canberra outlets in the city, Kingston or Forrest. Many of the Territory’s ACTION buses have dual bike racks, to get you to a starting point.
Billed as the best half-day cycling route in Australia, the Lake Burley Griffin circuit can be completed in one outing, or over three loops – the 16km western loop, 4.9km central or 9km eastern loop. Take your pick of coffee stops along each. VisitCanberra has a brochure if you’re the type who likes to make a plan in advance.
For mountain bikers, Stromo Forest Park is a 15-minute drive from the city and highly recommended for all skill levels. Kowen Forest, off the Kings Highway, hosts the Mountain Bike Australia Solo 24-hour National Championships in October and is another good location, along with Majura Pines, off Majura Parkway.
The Cycle Canberra Six Peaks Ride over 118km challenges cyclists to traverse the six peaks of Canberra – Mount Stromlo, Red Hill, Mount Pleasant, Mount Ainslie and Black Mountain and Dairy Farmers Hill (in the National Arboretum).
For a ride with an incredible view, pack some snacks and stop for a picnic at the Lake George lookout for morning tea.
The Pedal Power ACT Country Riders group cycles to the villages of Tharwa, Gundaroo and Bungendore, as well as longer journeys to Goulburn, the South Coast and Young. These trips are for experienced riders who feel comfortable when a vehicle passes on the road, and consider a 60- 90km ride a reasonable morning’s work.
For details on social riding events go to PedalPower.org.au.
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- Washer/dryer facilities in all rooms
- Cooking facilities in all rooms
- Bike washing stations
- Exercise bike and bike lock up storage (Abode Woden)
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