The Best Bike Trails Near Me - Canberra ACT, Aus
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In this blog, we bring you the 'Best Bike Trails Near Me' for Canberra, ACT. It's our home-base!
Canberra: Australia’s (self-declared!!) Cycling Capital
With an extensive network of bike paths connecting all suburbs and town centres throughout the bush capital; easy leisure/sight-seeing rides to and from the major national institutions and key attractions; world-class mountain bike facilities; exceptional road riding; gravel grinding experiences and bike touring options right on the back doorstep, there really is something for everyone.
We’ve carefully curated all the info for you on our Canberra destination page for bicycle tourism.
No matter where you are in the ACT, there are bike trails near you, and something for all ages, fitness and skill levels; as well as for different interests and riding preferences. CycleLifeHQ has all the best cycle routes and bike paths mapped out, with clear directions, quality trail info, trail maps with elevation profiles, and all the other info you need to know: where to stay, where to eat and drink, rent a bike, book a tour and more. It’s your one-stop-shop for the best cycling holidays.
Canberra’s a great home base for local cyclists – for recreation and active transport, with the nation’s highest participation numbers of cycling commuters; and is also a renowned bicycle tourism destination for visitors from near and far.
For the kids, there’s the lakeside paths and learn to ride centres with safe off-road facilities, and opportunities to ride around the lake to visit Questacon. For the mountain bikers, you can’t go past Stromlo Forest Park. It’s, quite simply, a must-do. The foodies: cycle from vineyard to produce in Murrumbateman, or ride to a great weekend brunch in Braddon, New Acton or the Kingston Foreshore. Roadies – join the locals on a Saturday jaunt of the Cotter-Uriarra Loop and finish up with coffee at Double Shot, Deakin. And Gravel Grinders? Why not make your way up into the beautiful Brindabellas and Namadgi National Park. For the bike tourers we recommend the Centenary Trail. Pack your panniers and go explore!
While in the nation’s capital, we recommend staying with our preferred partners at the Novotel/ACCOR hotels, where all Premium CycleLifeHQ cyclists receive a 10% discount. Novotel/ACCOR hotels are conveniently located in the City, as well as north and south Canberra. The various hotels accommodate a range of different price points. Need a bike to rent? We’ve got great deals available through our business partnership with The Cyclery, Fyshwick. With your Premium CycleLifeHQ subscription, you receive your third days’ rental completely free when you rent one of their quality road or mountain bikes for two days.
The nation’s capital offers it all. One good thing after another; proximity and diversity.
And if there isn’t already enough to keep you occupied for weeks on end, the area is surrounded by exceptional riding through the Southern Tablelands regions of the Upper Lachlan, Hilltops and Queanbeyan-Palerang areas, each with their own unique charm, character and cycling experiences for your next bicycle adventure.
Canberrans wanting to mix up their regular weekend routine will find plenty of options in the neighbouring municipalities for mountain biking, bike touring trips, mountian bike holidays, road bike routes and some great winter cycling destinations!
Queanbeyan-Palerang offers outstanding bike touring and mountain bike experiences winding through serene and picturesque eucalypt forests. The Upper Lachlan and Hilltops connect a multitude of quaint townships and villages via some great road rides and gravel grinds. Townships including Jugiong offer great overnight stops, located just off the Hume Highway for those travelling north and south between Melbourne and Sydney with some great ride experiences to stretch out those tired driving legs, and to offer some fresh country air.
Exploring the nearby shires are also great options for local Canberrans wanting to explore more bike trails near to home.
Stay for a few days, a week or a month. There’s plenty to do and Canberra’s a great cycling destination for most of the year. Summers offer a pleasant dry heat. Autumn is simply spectacular, with deciduous trees of bright hues, calm and mild weather. Winter provides crisp, cool mornings which then give way to big bold blue skies and sunny days with generally low winds. And Spring: Well, there’s some great wildlife encounters to be had; heard about our renowned magpies! Spring also tends to be the windiest month in the nation’s capital. While we love to sing its praises and entice cyclists here year-round, in all honesty we’d prefer you experience it at its best – November to July. That way, you’ll be sure to return again!
Check out CycleLifeHQs detailed one stop shop and full directory of experiences at: https://www.cyclelifehq.com/en/destinations/australia/act-Canberra
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