Canberra: the cycling capital of Australia

Canberra: the cycling capital of Australia

Use your pedal-power

What makes Canberra such a cycle friendly city? Is it the designated bike lanes on our main roads, or the extensive network of bike paths weaving their way throughout the city? Maybe it’s the range of cafes and venues that position themselves as ‘bike friendly’, or the year-round calendar of popular cycling events? 

Whatever the reason, if you like getting around on two wheels, then Canberra will meet your transportation needs perfectly.

First things first – get yourself a bike

There are plenty of options available for hiring a bike in Canberra.  This includes services such as Cycle Canberra, who will even deliver the bike to your hotel, and Share A Bike, who offer multiple automated bike rental machines around central Canberra. Simply swipe your credit card, choose a bike and ride away.

Of course you can always bring your own. Either way, you’ll be pleased to know that you can even take your bike on Transport Canberra's bus and light rail..

Lakeside riding

Canberra's central Lake Burley Griffin is surrounded by cycle paths and is perfect for a leisurely ride. From parks and cafes to iconic national attractions such as the National Library of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, there are plenty of things to see and do along your way. Download our cycling map for riding routes and the very best pit stops. 

But there’s more to Canberra’s lakes than Lake Burley Griffin. Ride further afield and explore Lake Ginninderra in Canberra's north, or venture south to Lake Tuggeranong. Both lakes feature sign posted cycle paths and offer picturesque routes perfect for a family cycling tour.     

Get set for exploring

For the cycling enthusiast, Cycling Around Canberra outlines 25 different rides, from one hour to full day journeys through grassland and eucalypts. Purchase the book online or at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre.

A mountain biker rides through a field on the Centenary Trial in Canberra.
Tackling the Centenary Trail in Canberra.

Take a tour with locally-guided Canberra Bike Tours, with plenty of opportunities to stop to take in the beautiful vistas or snap a photo. 

If one day just isn’t enough for you, check out the fully organised cycling holidays by Mulga Bicycle Tours. Between five and 15 days in length, these tours capture the best of Canberra and the region and offer beautiful landscapes, fantastic food, quality accommodation and a support vehicle if your legs can’t keep up the pace any longer.

Cycling guides

Canberra has an excellent network of shared paths and identified routes that people can use without having to go on the road. Some of these can be seen from the roads, others are ‘hidden’ but provide very pleasant routes to get you to your destination.

The Your Guide to Cycling in Canberra and Town Centre Walking and Cycling Guides provide the best routes to connect major destinations without having to cycle on the road.

All Town Centre Walking and Cycling Guides can be downloaded from the Transport Canberra website.

Your Guide to Cycling in Canberra can be purchased:

  • in person for $2.00 via: 
    • the Canberra and Region Visitor’s Centre (Regatta Point, Barrine Drive, Parkes ACT 2600) between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and between 9am and 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
    • or at the Pedal Power ACT office (Level 2 Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra City) between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday
  • have one mailed to you for $7.00 by contacting Pedal Power on [email protected]
    or 6248 7995

Time to hit the trails?

Mountain bikers are well catered for in Canberra, with Stromlo Forest Park a mecca for those who prefer their bike riding a bit more grubby and a bit more thrilling. Just 15 minutes' drive from the city centre, this shared-use park welcomes runners, horse-riders and bike fanatics. It boasts more than 50 km of custom-designed cross-country trails, as well as dirt jumps and dedicated zones for every skill level. Don't have a car? Dynamic Motivation offer weekend shuttle services for you and your bike between the city centre and Mount Stromlo. 

The Canberra Centenary Trail is another mountain biking highlight in Canberra. This 145 km, self-guided loop trail takes users on a journey between urban and rural surroundings, past iconic sites and revealing hidden treasures. It’s divided into daily sections and you can join or leave the trail in many locations. 

For everything you could possibly want to know about mountain biking in Canberra, from maps and courses to clinics and events, the team at the Canberra Off Road Cycling Club can help you out.

Make the most of our cycle-friendly city. Download our latest Canberra Visitor Guide so you know exactly what there is to see and do while visiting Canberra.