Canberra: The Cycling Capital Of Australia

Posted 9 Jan 2017

Story by Visit Canberra


What makes Canberra such a cycle friendly city? Is it the designated bike lanes on our main roads, or the extensive network of bike paths weaving their way throughout the city? Maybe it’s the range of cafes and venues that position themselves as ‘bike friendly’, or the year-round calendar of popular cycling events?

Whatever the reason, if you like getting around on two wheels, then Canberra will meet your transportation needs perfectly.

First things first – get yourself a bike

There are plenty of options available for hiring a bike in Canberra.  This includes services such as Cycle Canberra, who will even deliver the bike to your hotel, and Spinway Canberra, who offer multiple automated bike rental machines around central Canberra. Simply swipe your credit card, choose a bike and ride away.

Of course you can always bring your own. Either way, you’ll be pleased to know that you can even take your bike on the bus, courtesy of the specially designed carry racks featured on selected ACTION bus services.

Lakeside riding

Canberra’s central Lake Burley Griffin is surrounded by cycle paths and is perfect for a leisurely ride. From parks and cafes to iconic national attractions such as the National Library of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, there are plenty of things to see and do along your way. Download our cycling map for riding routes and the very best pit stops.

But there’s more to Canberra’s lakes than Lake Burley Griffin. Ride further afield and explore Lake Ginninderra in Canberra’s north, or venture south to Lake Tuggeranong. Both lakes feature sign posted cycle paths and offer picturesque routes perfect for a family cycling tour.

Get set for exploring is a one-stop-online-shop for Canberra’s best bike rides, bike tours and bike friendly cafes and accommodation.

Select options based on your fitness level, riding preference and time available. You can even find a local guide to show you a different side to Canberra.

Tackling the Centenary Trail in Canberra.

For the cycling enthusiast, Cycling Around Canberra outlines 25 different rides, from one hour to full day journeys through grassland and eucalypts. Purchase the book online or at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre.

If one day just isn’t enough for you, check out the fully organised cycling holidays by Mulga Bicycle Tours. Between five and 15 days in length, these tours capture the best of Canberra and the region and offer beautiful landscapes, fantastic food, quality accommodation and a support vehicle if your legs can’t keep up the pace any longer.

Time to hit the trails?

Mountain bikers are well catered for in Canberra, with Stromlo Forest Park a mecca for those who prefer their bike riding a bit more grubby and a bit more thrilling. Just 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre, this shared-use park welcomes runners, horse-riders and bike fanatics. It boasts more than 50 km of custom-designed cross-country trails, as well as dirt jumps and dedicated zones for every skill level.

The Canberra Centenary Trail is another mountain biking highlight in Canberra. This 145 km, self-guided loop trail takes users on a journey between urban and rural surroundings, past iconic sites and revealing hidden treasures. It’s divided into daily sections and you can join or leave the trail in many locations.

For everything you could possibly want to know about mountain biking in Canberra, from maps and courses to clinics and events, the team at the Canberra Off Road Cycling Club can help you out.

Make the most of our cycle-friendly city. Download our latest Canberra Visitor Guide so you know exactly what there is to see and do while visiting Canberra. Free from the iTunes Store or Google Play.

This article has been repurposed with permission from Visit Canberra. To view it in its original form, click here

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