Abode Hotel Narrabundah to the East, Central and West Basins

This ride takes you to the majority of Canberra’s National Institutions, lining the shores of the West and Central Basins of Lake Burley Griffin, right from the front doorstep of Abode Hotel Narrabundah. The majority of the route follows Canberra’s beautiful off-road shared path, winding through the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, through a variety of different forested and natural landscape areas, and via the popular dining precincts of New Acton and Kingston.

Along the way, you can visit any number of National Institutions including the National Zoo and Aquarium, the National Museum of Australia, The National Portrait Gallery, the National Library, the National Archives, the High Court, Parliament House and Old Parliament House and the National Gallery of Australia.

There are many places to stop along the way for a bite to eat or something to drink, and the route can be taken at your own leisurely pace, enjoying the best of Canberra’s institutions by bike.

The route is 35kilometres with an elevation climb of 215 metres. The entire circuit of all three basins would take around 2.5 hours ofleisurely cycling. However, you may opt to do a shorter version by choolsing to complete just one or two of the basins.


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34.849 km / 21.654 mi

Total Distance

236 m / 775 ft

Total Ascent

236 m / 776 ft

Total Descent

579 m / 1,899 ft

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Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
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: Good
Mobile Coverage: Excellent
Estimated Distance: 35.0
Elevation Gain: 215
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