Park and Pedal - Barton - North Route


Energize your new day by turning your commuter route into a healthy and enjoyable bike ride, your working day will sparkle with delight.  

The Park and Pedal Barton North route will take you straight into the heart of Barton, passing a combo of construction masterpieces of the Capital such as the National Library, The National Gallery, the National Archives and, of course, the National Portrait Gallery.

Park your car at Park and Pedal car park, grab your bike and here we go!


This route is designed for commuter riding, therefore it is an easy-riding trail with no twist and turns. In fact, it is mainly along a shared asphalt path all the way.


This bike ride takes you into the center of Canberra's National institutions from the Park and Pedal Car Park to the center of Barton. Here is a recommended ride log that you may want to follow.

From the Park and Pedal Car Park, and facing the lake you turn left onto the shared path. Follow it for approx. 6.3 km and ride under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and then do a loop to cross Lake Burley Griffin. As soon as you cross the Bridge, take the left-hand offshoot and follow the shared path passing all the National institutions on your right. When you come to Kings Avenue Bridge you turn right onto Kings Avenue and then onto National Circuit in the heart of Barton.

Note: The 3D map is an illustrative only version of the ride and should not be relied on for exact route.

Food and drink:

Unfortunately, there are not many restaurants at the start, so you may want to fill up your stomach before the ride, or you can wait till you pass the National Library of Australia to find The Water’s Edge Restaurant. For those who want to enjoy the whole ride, you may stop by the Vincent Restaurant, or Subway, or Genki Sushi right at the end of the route.

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8.523 km / 5.296 mi

Total Distance

144 m / 472 ft

Total Ascent

154 m / 504 ft

Total Descent

573 m / 1,879 ft

Highest Point

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Ride Considerations

When riding a bike you should always be aware of the environment around you and the status of the path and route. Caution is required and you should not rely on the information on this web page to protect your safety. Our information is to help guide you on the direction - but it does not contain a comprehensive listing of all the safety issues you may face.

In Canberra, there are animals such as kangaroos that sometimes wander onto the track including kangaroos and branches and loose matter such as sticks, rocks, and soil. Likewise, you should be vigilant at all intersections. If you need to travel on the road, please be aware of all your surroundings including people potentially opening doors in front of you and cars approaching intersections. Defensive riding is recommended at all times.

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Fitness Level: Low
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Mobile Coverage: Excellent
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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