Cycle Mt Ainslie Loop

Cycle Canberra, Mountain Bike Ride, Mount Ainslie Loop

Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve is a 640-hectare reserve adjoining the Mount Majura Nature Reserve to form a huge natural area.

The wildlife and scenery here have captured every heart that comes and goes for years. No matter you are big or small, this will always be a nice place that deserves to pay a visit once you in Canberra. It will be even better if you have a company and, of course, a bike.

The Mt Ainslie Nature Park loop in the reserve is a terrific bike ride through native bushland. Traveling along managed fire road, it is a perfect family outing for those with children strong enough for the 10-kilometer ride, or anyone looking for an off-road option without the challenge of rough terrain.

Saying no more, call your friends and family and head to Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve!


The terrain is relatively even


The access point to the fire trail is from Treloar Crescent which is located behind the Australian War Memorial, running off Limestone Avenue.

Food and drink

The nearest place to ease your thirst and hunger is the Australia Memorial Ward where you can find two comfy cafes: the Landing Place Café and the Poppy’s café. The first one located inside the Memorial with wonderful views looking out to the museum. Meanwhile, the Poppy’s café located outside. The place is spacious, full of natural light, and is a friendly family café with a menu for children. Both cafes offer delicious dishes and gorgeous surrounding, which definitely makes you feel relaxed and long to visit again.

Further info

Please note that cycling or mountain bike riding is only permitted on formed vehicle tracks.

For more information about the reserve, click here

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9.946 km / 6.18 mi

Total Distance

196 m / 643 ft

Total Ascent

196 m / 645 ft

Total Descent

682 m / 2,238 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
MTB Segment: cross country
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
Trail Signage: Poor
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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