Cycling in Canberra and the Region - Cycle Guide for visitors
Cycling in and around Canberra and the Region
Welcome to the Canberra and region bicycle tourism destination – where we provide you with one good thing after another!
We’re glad you’ve decided to visit our city for your next bicycle tourism experience; whether it be for sightseeing by bike whilst soaking up the best the region has to offer in local produce, arts and culture, history and heritage, family fun or outdoor and wildlife experiences; testing your skills at one of our world-class mountain bike parks; riding the quiet regional country roads; or anything in between. We’ve got it all. And we’ve got the facilities and bike-friendly businesses to support you throughout your stay.
Better yet, not only do we offer such great diversity, but we offer it all in close proximity. Follow the detailed information below to find out more about the full range of experiences available in the Canberra region.
CYCLING IN AND AROUND CANBERRA
Cycling experiences in and around Canberra are well supported by local businesses, global cycling corporates, knowledgeable locals and a seemingly endless list of professional and ex-pro cyclists who choose to call Canberra – and the surrounding cycling scene – home.
Home to the vast majority of Australia’s National Institutions (Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia, the High Court, Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, the National Museum of Australia, and the National Library of Australia), with a vibrant café scene, award-winning wineries and craft breweries in the capital and surrounding regional areas, and with a brand new bike share scheme to link up many of the inner-city attractions, why wouldn’t your next cycling and family sightseeing destination be Canberra?
Embracing urban sustainability, liveability and well-being, with heritage and nature interwoven throughout the city and surrounding areas, Canberra and the region offers an exciting diversity of cycling experiences, all within close proximity. It is a place best enjoyed by bike by all generations, from the young to young at heart.
THE SURROUNDING REGION
Further abroad across the region is a wealth of cycling opportunities including quiet country roads (sealed and unsealed), unexplored hinterlands, coastal regions and the snowy mountains. There really is something for everyone, and Canberra itself positions well as a springboard for daytrips, bike-packing expeditions, and multi-day journeys to other destinations within the region.
We’re your perfect short break destination and offer an unparalleled sense of escapism for your next cycling holiday – no matter your level of sense of adventure!
So take a look around, there’s bound to be something to inspire and excite, and we welcome your next bicycle tourism holiday to the nation’s capital.
Image credits to Damian Breach for VisitCanberra, VisitCanberra, Delly Carr, Nick Payne Canberra Cycling Club, (C) aurora images, and jinkyart.com.au
What the locals are saying
And just in case you don't believe us, here are a few words from some prominent locals who are proud to call Canberra home, largely because of its array of cycling opportunities...
Caroline Buchanan - 8x BMX & Mountain Bike World Champion / 2x Olympian
I am a proud Canberra Olympian and 8x BMX & MountainBike World champion who calls Canberra Home.
Growing up in the nation's capital I was exposed from an early age to all the great mountain bike & bmx tracks, trails and facilities. What’s great about Canberra is within 10-15 minutes of any great riding destination like Stromlo Forest Park. There is close by the next great trail, or bmx track to ride next!
Having the AIS and ACT Academy of sport was a huge asset to my development and progression as an athlete growing up in Canberra and still to this day flying into Canberra Airport from overseas riding destinations I always look forward to being home and seeing the ever-changing new editions to the riding in Canberra.
Ben Gathercole, performance coach and author
“I've been fortunate enough through my job as a professional triathlon coach to travel to many incredible destinations. Each with something unique and beautiful but Canberra has all that and more. The natural beauty of the bush capital with its unique development as a planned city from the outset leads to cycling paradise. Canberra is truly world class in its support of cycling infrastructure and you can see this by virtue of the number of daily riders. Everyone from seasoned road race professionals, to active and robust commuters – it’s simply astounding and that's without mentioning the mountain biking, which again is world class. I feel lucky enough to call Canberra home and I'm proud of our hardy, robust and world-class bike culture”
Ruby Wilson, National Junior Mountain Bike Champion
Canberra is fast becoming one of Australia’s most bicycle-friendly cities. It has a lot to brag about on the cycling front! For me, the most attractive aspects of cycling in Canberra are the exceptionally well-maintained bike paths that will get you anywhere and the world-class MTB tracks for all skill levels which allow you to escape the city whilst still being at our front doorstep- Not to mention all of our cycle-friendly cafes!
Jasmine Foxlee, ACT Parks Visitor Services and cyclist
There are plenty of opportunities to cycle dirt trails in Canberra’s local parks, forests and reserves. Getting off-road and into the bush on your bike is a great escape from the business of main roads and cycle paths and an opportunity to connect with nature. The various fire trails and formal networks of singletrack offer endless opportunities to experience some of Canberra’s unique environments and wildlife. From the tall wet sclerophyll forests of northern Namadgi National Park down to the open woodlands surrounding the city, there are off-road cycling options to suit all types of riders.