Overview - Cycling in and around Canberra and the region

Overview - Cycling in and around Canberra and the Region

Canberra is Australia’s capital city, with a population of around 390,000. Also referred to as the ACT (Australian Capital Territory), the city of Canberra operates in effect as a City-State jurisdiction. Covering a land area of around 2,300 square kilometres, approximately 1/3 of which is the City area, and a further 1/3 designated national park and natural reserve, it provides endless opportunities for cycling experiences, no matter your style of riding – leisure and sightseeing; mountain-biking, gravel-grinding and road cycling. With some seasonal snow-cover on the Brindabella peaks during winter, even fat-biking might be on your cycling agenda when visiting Canberra and the region.

We consider ourselves not just the capital city of Australia, but also the cycling capital of Australia. We back this up through recent national cycling participation surveys which show the ACT has the highest percentage of urban bike commuters amongst the capital cities of all Australian states and territories; through Government investment in our cycling infrastructure and programs; and through policies which focus on rider safety, community awareness and cyclist prioritisation.

With the diversity and proximity of experiences, it’s also easy for your party to choose different – but adjacent – experiences for an hour or two, or a half or full day, and reconvening at a nearby café, bar or brewery to share tales and swap stories later on.

We like to think of this as our ‘hub and spoke’ model: where the City Centre of urban precincts and Canberra cycleways, together with Stromlo form our two key hubs, connected via ‘spokes’ to the myriad opportunities across Canberra and further afield.

By the time you leave, no matter the length of your stay with us, we think you’ll agree that Canberra has something to offer every kind of rider, and with our diversity and proximity, connectivity, inclusiveness and accessibility, you’ll be yearning for your next cycling adventure in the nation’s capital!

Where to Ride

Even more for visitors and locals

Local group rides

Points of interest and related facilities and services

Local clubs and organisations

Where to stay

Where to eat and drink

Bike stores and rentals

Getting there and away

Road safety information

Canberra and Region Visitor’s Centre

Regatta Point, Barrine Drive, Parkes ACT

Phone: 1300 554 114 (if calling from overseas: +61 2 6205 0044)

Opening hours:

  • 9am – 5pm weekdays
  • 9am – 4pm weekends and public holidays
  • Closed Christmas Day


Image credits to Damian Breach for VisitCanberra, VisitCanberra, Delly Carr, Nick Payne Canberra Cycling Club, (C) aurora images, and jinkyart.com.au