Canberra is known as the cycling capital of Australia with some of the finest networks of cycle paths. Home to many elite cyclists and Canberra cycling clubs, the hills have been the foundation for professional cyclists. The cycle culture is lively with many cafes and venues being bike friendly. A great way to spend the weekend is to try the cycle paths of Canberra and take in many of Canberra’s beautiful landscapes.
Lake Burley Griffin
Canberra’s central Lake Burley Griffin is surrounded by cycle routs with parks cafes and national attractions throughout. Perfect for families as there are many different routes for different levels of fitness and capabilities. 28km if you go the whole way around, there are many shorter options with the easiest being the central loop at 3.7km long. At about 40 minutes in length the central loop is popular with locals and visitors, particularly on weekends. Along the way you can see the Captain Cook Memorial Jet in full spray, or ride through the National Gallery of Australia’s Sculpture Garden.
Stromlo Forest Park
If mountain biking is more your style this world-class facility has got you covered. There are trails and tracks for all levels making it perfect for professionals and beginners! Just 15 minutes from the city centre the purpose built park sign posts their tracks like a skiing resort with green, blue and black trails to cater for all levels of skill and fitness. There is a 1.2km road criterium cycling circuit and over 40km of mountain bike trails suitable for all riders. There is even a bike park and dirt jumps suitable for more expert BMX riders only. However, beginner and intermediate level jumps can be found within The Playground and on various trails within the park.
Canberra Centenary Trail
This trail is a 140km multi-use trail to ride or walk around the whole of Canberra. It is designed to be completed in sections over multiple days. There are many areas to enter and leave the trail meaning you can customise the trail to suit your abilities and how long you want to be riding for. There is a mix of single-track, double-track, fire-road, road, and cycle paths making it suitable to all riders. Along the way there is some of Canberra’s most beautiful scenery with rivers, city views and many historical landmarks. One reason the Centenary Trail was built was to highlight the history of the region, which is why there are several historic landmarks and information along the ride.
Canberra’s Sparrow Hill in Kowen Forest, just 11km from Queanbeyan, is a mountain biking venue that has tracks and conditions that suit everyone. Appropriate for even young children this venue is great for the whole family. The tracks are well formed and maintained with shaded forest riding for many kilometres. There are fast-flowing single-tracks with some challenges and great downhill runs, making it hard to beat. Enjoy various loops available and mix up your rides to be as long or short as you like.