Canberra Lifestyle

Riders delight: A city for all

Canberra is the home of beautiful open planning and as such is the perfect place to get off your heels and on some wheels. Be it lakeside paths, winding roads or trails going from extreme to easy, a bike can take you anywhere you wish in Canberra.

Lakeside wonders are Canberra’s finest feature and with three major lakes you are absolutely spoilt for choice. Grab your friends or the family and explore the best of them all, Lake Burley Griffin. Right in the heart of the city there are a number of routes to keep you entertained. The lake as a whole takes you 28km around, but for an easy day out go bridge to bridge. This light and easy ride will take you around some of Canberra’s finest landmarks in the Carillion, National Library and Regatta point. Be sure to check out the east loop (Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Kingston Foreshore) and the west loop (Scrivener Dam, Attorney Generals House) as well for a more authentic and nature packed ride.

Alternatives to Lake Burley Griffin include Lake Ginninderra and Lake Tuggeranong with both offering stunning scenery and relaxed paths. Hit them at golden hour for the perfect shot.

On top of your lake rides Canberra is connected by bike paths and the trek from north to south is a stellar accomplishment for experienced riders. Alternatively skip jumping in the car and ride to your local shops. One path of the more exceptional road rides is to go from Kingston to Queanbeyan. The ride itself is full of hills to give you the up and down spark and it’ll take you through a fantastic array of scenery from urban to suburban with a little nature on the side. If possible when riding around Canberra city approach Parliament Hill for some of the grandest views in Canberra.

Last but not least are the trails, and let us tell you, Canberra is full of them. Whether it be Mt Taylor, Farrer Ridge, Bruce Ridge or the many others, exploring is the name of the game.

For Premier Mountain biking get yourself out to Stromlo known worldwide for some of the best bike tracks around. The trails go from daredevil to Sunday riding and with jumps, hills and obstacles scattered throughout there’s a little fun for everyone.

Listing the best rides in Canberra is no easy task as there is such a variety, so here at the Canberra Edit our last piece of advice is this. Grab a helmet, hop on your bike and watch out for magpies, the best trails are discovered and you never know what you may find.

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