As detailed in Bruce Ashley's book Cycling Around Canberra, and now available exclusively online though CycleLifeHQ, this ride gives a fabulous way to experience the city planned by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony. You will ride a sample of the inner Canberra that the Griffins designed, and at the same time experience the key design features of early Canberra's layout. It's a ride that lets you judge Walter Burley's assertion "I have planned a city like not like any other"
OVERVIEW OF THE RIDE
The ride is about 32 km and will take about 2-4 hours to complete depending on the number of stopping points. The riding is over gentle to undulating urban areas and mostly on quiet streets. There is one major climb of Red Hill (about 100 meters in elevation). The ride is mostly accessible except for a step at Duntroon where there is a road detour available. There is a short section of dirt track at Red Hill (optional). Otherwise, there are no restrictions and is accessible using hand-cranked trike. There are plenty of options for getting to and from the start, with a start and finish at the National Exhibition Centre at Regatta Point (Action Buses Route 1). You can take the marked bike routes from Lake Burley Griffin, and Commonwealth Av or through Commonwealth Park. Ride options include skipping Civic and North Canberra, or doubling back at Melbourne Avenue to avoid the 100m of climb (but superb views) from Red Hill.
The best time to do the ride is weekday or Sundays and mid-morning to avoid the traffic. In terms of seasons, April is good to see the suburban leaf in colour. There are plenty of good eateries and cafés pretty much the whole way, or even next to the lake for a pit stop. Watch out for: fast traffic at Morshead Drive when crossing over to the Molonglo River pathway from Duntroon
Download and pay less than $3.00 for a description of the route (as a cue sheet), scaleable route map, info on each of the points of interest and a GPS navigation file of the route that you can install on your device.