Love sports? You’ll love Canberra. We’re the most active population in Australia.

Canberra is Australia’s sport and fitness capital. Whether you’re in the grandstands cheering our elite sportspeople or training for your first fun run, there’s plenty here to keep you on the go as a participant and a spectator. 

Get involved

We have the highest participation level for organised sport in the country. There’s something for everyone, from the tiniest kids through to Masters-level games. Whether you’re into netball or soccer, tennis, squad swimming, triathlons, badminton or horse-riding or something else, you’ll find your team here.

children doing soccer training drills
Getting off the couch or out of the office chair is easy in Canberra

If you’re craving that sense of accomplishment, grab a friend and climb one of our mountains. There are several peaks worth reaching, each with a brilliant view over the city and its country surrounds:

Explore Lake Burley Griffin and several of our smaller lakes by bike or on foot. Or go rowing, sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or fishing.

Conquer the Centenary Trail. It’s a 145-kilometre self-guided trail that loops around the ACT with spectacular views and scenery. 

You don’t have to go far for ski and snowboard play at Corin Forest Mountain Resort. Or take a day trip to the spectacular ski fields of New South Wales or to the state’s south coast beaches.  

Canberra is tailor-made for cyclists, with cycle paths woven throughout the city. Our outer suburbs are so well connected, many cyclists ride to work every day. Stromlo Forest Park offers 50km of world-class mountain bike trails. You’ll also find a criterium racing track, equestrian facilities and cross country running.

Top quality trails to suit all riding abilities and styles, from beginners to pros

Become a fan

Our elite sporting calendar features international cricket, AFL, rugby league and union, basketball, mountain bike racing, tennis, car racing, running festivals, adventure racing, horse racing and more. We’re a sport-loving city with large, loyal fan bases who’ll welcome you into the fold. 

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