Distance
65.38 km
Ascent
1,285 m
Descent
1,285 m
Peak
1,179 m
Difficulty
Intermediate
Duration
1/2 day
Captains Flat and Hoskinstown Circuit

This is a great ride, on the back doorstep of the nation's capital, but yet a world away. It's easily do-able as a day-trip right from Canberra; or make a weekend of it and stay the weekend at the Captain's Flat Hotel. It's a great weekend experience, so close to home and yet so far away!

The ride route takes you through the beautiful Tallaganda National Park and State Forest, and along pastoral lands with sweeping, majestic views across the countryside. It's a great escape!

As you make your way across Parlour Creek Road, you'll have a decent climb over a length of around 10km, of a Cat 2 climb. However, as with any climb, you'll then be rewarded with a descent finish back to Captain's Flat.

TERRAIN

This one is primarily a great gravel grind, with around 20% of the total ride on sealed roads (Captains Flat Road) and a short section (approx 8km) on a slightly rougher fire trail, but quite do-able by gravel bike, as well as mountain bike.

ACCESS

There's plenty of car-parking at the community oval in Captain's Flat, together with public toilets and water.

FOOD AND DRINK

There's no food or drink options along the route; but grab a coffee en route from Canberra in Queanbeyan or Bungendore as you drive out. Bungendore is a slight detour, but we reckon the coffee from either the Food Lover's Cafe and Market or The Gathering is well worth the detour.

The Captain's Flat Hotel has a great pub menu where you can grab a post-ride meal.

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Fitness Level:
Low
Medium
High
Ultra Fit
Various
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage:
Excellent
Good
Average
Poor
Non Existant
Mobile Coverage:
Excellent
Good
Limited
Nil
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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