Cycling in Canberra
Grab your bikes and drop in for a refreshing weekend Canberra adventure on wheels, or hire a local bike and discover one of the most cycle-friendly cities in Australia.
Canberra is the cycling capital of the nation with some of Australia's finest network of cycle paths and off-road MTB trails. Canberrans love their cycling! The city is home to many elite cyclists both on and off road. Our local hills have been the foundation for professional cyclists, national champions and recreational commuters.
Ride on sealed cycle and walking paths through parks and forests, past national attractions, around lakes and into connecting suburbs. Many of Canberra’s main roads have designated bicycle lanes, but there is always a dedicated bicycle path to get you where you want to go.
Canberran cycle culture is vibrant. Cafes and venues are bike friendly and drivers are cycle aware. It's a relaxed and friendly place to cycle with a healthy recreation and road riding culture. Weekends are a popular time for families to cycle around the lake, to local playgrounds and shops or at venues like Stromlo Forest Park.
The region hosts many of Australia's largest and most popular cycling events including our renowned 24 hour mountain bike events, the Fitz's Challenge, adventure races, triathlons, duathlons, club racing and recreational events for all the family to enjoy.
Exploring Canberra on bike
You can even take your bike on many of ACTION's Intertown Route buses. For the cycling enthusiast Cycling Around Canberra outlines 25 different rides from one to six hours long. This book can be purchased online or at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre.
You can also find a cycle map for Lake Burley Griffin to view online or download to print.
Need a cycling guide? Join Paralympic gold-medal-winning Canberra legend Michael Milton on one of his cycle tours including a night ride around Canberra's popular national attractions.
Cycling around Canberra's lakes
Canberra's central Lake Burley Griffin is surrounded by cycle paths making it perfect for riding. There are parks, cafes, national attractions to visit along your way. You can also find convenient drinking fountains on the cycle paths. Have a look at our cycle map for riding routes and options.
Take a ride further afield and explore Lake Ginninderra in Canberra's north or venture south to Lake Tuggeranong, all connected by sign posted cycle paths.
Canberra mountain biking
Stromlo Forest Park is a world-class sporting facility 15 minutes drive from the city centre. Make the most of their purpose-built event pavilion, criterium cycling circuit, grass running track, a trials course and cross country and downhill mountain bike tracks. Stromlo Forest Park has cycle trails suitable for all levels of off road riders, equestrian riders, runners and walkers of all abilities. Tracks are signposted with a system like those found at ski resorts with green, blue and black trails to cater for all levels of skill and fitness. Even complete beginners can ride many of the trails at Stromlo.
For more details on mountain biking venues, maps, courses, guiding, clinics and events visit the Canberra Off Road Cycling Club website.
Bike hire in Canberra
Capital Bicycle Hire
Canberra is Australia's Mountain Biking (MTB) Mecca. Capital Bicycle Hire is Canberra's high performance MTB specialist.
Whether you are cruising the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, exploring forgotten fire trails, or challenging yourself at Mount Stromlo Mountain Bike Park, Capital Bicycle Hire offer quality mountain bikes for hire.
They also offer a wide range of unique MTB experiences, including customised guided tours for all levels. Bookings essential.
Free delivery within ACT to your chosen location.
Mr Spokes Bike Hire
Hiring a bike is a great way to experience the sights and atmosphere of the national capital.
Mr Spoke's Bike Hire is on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, only minutes from the city and many hotels. Choose from bikes for children and adults, pedal cars, tandems, baby seats, tag-a-longs and trailers. Helmets and locks are included. Grab a coffee or some award-winning gelato after your ride.
Many local hotels have bikes for hire so you can explore the local precinct or take a journey further afield into town or around the parliamentary triangle. Enquire on booking, or browse our extensive listing of Canberra hotels for bike information.
Canberra cycle loops
Get advice on the route that best suits when you hire a bike. Choose anything from the magnificent one hour loop past many of Canberra's cultural attractions, to the beautiful 23km bush capital loop through grassland and eucalypts, all listed in the great publication Cycling Around Canberra.