Nine ways to experience Canberra without a car

Nine ways to experience Canberra without a car

Visiting Canberra without a car? There's plenty of ways to explore Australia’s capital whether you like to fly high, glide across the water or tackle it on two wheels.

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    Hot air ballooning

    Enjoy sweeping views of the city and all its iconic monuments. With a changing carpet of seasonal colours and daily balloon rides available (subject to flying conditions), the geometric architecture of Canberra, rolling green hills and Lake Burley Griffin are always ripe for aerial viewing. For happy snappers and pro photographers seeing Canberra from the skies won’t disappoint.

    Find out more about hot air ballooning in Canberra
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    For those who prefer a casual approach to culture, with none of the traipsing round attractions for hours on end, zipping along on a Segway is the ideal way to explore the Parliamentary Triangle. With tours starting at Lake Burley Griffin that combine twists, turns, ramps and challenges for even the most elite ‘segwayer’, as well as a good glimpse of the National Gallery of Australia, High Court of Australia, Reconciliation Place, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and Questacon, Canberra offers a thrilling cultural ride for all.

    Visit Seg Glide Ride
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    Horse riding

    Just a stone’s throw away from the city centre you can explore the rolling hills of Murrumbateman and what better way to do this then by putting your feet up – quite literally – as you ease into the saddle of your ride. At Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, as well as exploring the 3500-acre grazing property and viewing Australian wildlife in 1000 acres of natural bushland, you can channel your inner countryman and have a go at mustering sheep or cattle.

    Visit Burnelee Excursions on Horseback
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    Go Boating

    Be your own captain, take time out from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the fresh air on your very own electric picnic boat on Lake Burley Griffin. Rent a GoBoat for a special occasion, a quiet picnic, or an outing with a group of friends. 


    Find out more about Go Boat Canberra
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    Canberra is the cycling capital of the nation with some of Australia’s finest network of cycle paths and off road trails – whether you prefer to go trail riding in forests, practise your tricks or explore urban attractions, you will find unlimited cycling options to suit you. There are countless bike trails and the cycling culture is rife so you can expect cafes with bike racks, hotels with complimentary bike hire and kilometres of connected bike paths that weave through the city and beyond.

    Find out more about cycling in Canberra
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    Paddle Boat

    Canberra's iconic paddle boats operate from the Regatta Point jetty. Hiring a Capital Paddle is a fun way to explore Canberra from the lake while getting some exercise at the same time. 

    Get paddling
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    Pavement pounders, avid trail walkers and casual strollers can all enjoy the walkways and trails of Canberra. While you can’t explore the whole city in a day by foot, many of the best and lesser known attractions are best seen or reached by walking. Serious walkers will enjoy the 145km Centenary Trail that journeys through the city and into the countryside; for happy snappers the bridge to bridge walk around Lake Burley Griffin takes in many of Canberra’s iconic attractions; and the walk to the top of Mount Ainslie gives stunning panoramic views over the city and surrounding mountain ranges. For those who like to keep walking to the minimal the National Gallery of Australia and National Portrait Gallery are just 394 steps or 300 metres apart!

    Find out more about Canberra's best walks
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    Bus, light rail or e-scooter

    You can also travel with Transport Canberra by public bus or light rail to take you to some of the most popular attractions in Canberra. Use real-time passenger information system NXTBUS to plan your route. Transport Canberra is currently trialling e-scooters with Neuron Mobility (for ages 18+). Keep an eye out for the orange scooter which can be accessed via QR code and credit card.

    Find out more about transport options in Canberra
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    Lake cruise

    Lake Burley Griffin Cruises offer one-hour morning and afternoon cruises. Twice a week they also offer a morning tea cruise past Government House. Sit back and relax while the knowledgable skippers provide commentary about Canberra and the attractions you can see from the water.

    Book now


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