Canberra by bike in half a day
With half a day to explore Canberra by bike, we suggest you hire a bike and ride around the Central Basin. This easy 5km loop will give you ample time to stop for coffee at one of the many cafes along the way, sit outside and watch the hive of activity and passers-by. You could choose a café at one of the national institutions, or take a small detour to the Kingston foreshore. Make sure you visit at least one of the National Institutions en-route, and maybe end with a picnic lunch by the lake. Schmicnics provides a great option, located in Barton where you can collect your hamper right on the Lake’s edge. Alternatively, you can select and make your own by visiting one of our great independent and gourmet grocers.
Canberra in three days by bike
Lucky you! With three days to explore Canberra by bike, we recommend that you start with an orientation around Lake Burley Griffin, following the recommended half-day itinerary above. Venture further afield in the afternoon around the West Basin, spending a few hours at the National Arboretum before returning to your accommodation for a relaxed evening.
Now that you've found your cycling legs on Day 1, we recommend you stretch further afield on Day 2. Depending on your style of riding and your perferred mode of bike, we recommend either hitting the trails at Stromlo; riding by gravel to Picadilly and return via Two Sticks Road, or sticking purely to the road by riding to the Murrumbateman Wineries or a cafe at Collector or Yass for lunch.
Day 3 we recommend an easier recovery ride, by exploring the inner city bike paths winding their way through the suburbs; either north or south of the Lake. Enjoy local attractions along the way and the suburban cafes.
Epic multi-day road riding adventures
With the serene surrounding areas of Canberra and Region, there's no shortage of overnight and weekend getaways you can complete. Evne for locals, there are some fantastic mid-week ride opportunities which will see you leaving your office one afternoon, spending the night in a beautiful country township, and then returning the next day in time for another day in the office, with batteries fully recharged. Sounds almost too good to be true, right?! Canberra - proximity and diversity! How about these ideas for some inspiration:
- From Canberra to Abode Murrumbateman and return the following morning
- Canberra to Taralga Day 1; then onto Lithgow for Day 2; and return via train
- For a gravel grinding or mtb adventure: From Canberra over Picadilly Circus through Namadgi National Park and the Brindabellas to Tumut, and return the following day
Wondering how to organise clothes for a post-shower and evening meal on your arrival if you don't want to be burdened with a backpack? Book your accommodation in advance, and ask if you can post ahead a small parcel of clothes. Send something old which you can deposit in the local Salvation Army/St Vincent de Paul or similar bin the following morning. Unencumbered, credit card cycling for your total convenience and comfort!
Image credits to: Damian Breach for VisitCanberra, VisitCanberra, Delly Carr, Nick Payne Canberra Cycling Club, (C) aurora images, and jinkyart.com.au