Our ride starts at the beginning, in Reconciliation Place with stories of Australia’s First Nations peoples and their enduring connection to Country.
It’s a short hop to the nearby National Portrait Gallery and High Court precinct where the story of Australia is still unfolding, which your guide will explain as we cruise along.
Your electric bike then glides you leisurely up the gentle terraced gardens to Parliament House for some stunning hilltop vistas, and a few stories about what goes inside “the big house” as the locals call it.
Freewheeling downhill, we take some lesser known routes through side gardens and treed avenues to emerge at the National Gallery of Australia and take a short break so you can get up close to some epic outdoor art installations like the ethereal “Within Without” skyscape by James Durrell.
Having feasted the eyes, it’s now time to fuel the body as we ride east on the lakeside bike path, past the foraging black swans and water birds, to arrive at the vibrant Kingston Foreshore avenue of cafes. Here we take a 40-minute break where you can enjoy a scrumptious lunch or indulge in a wholesome exotic smoothie (at your own cost). If you want to bring your own lunch, your guide can point you to some choice spots for a lakeside picnic.
Fueled up, we ride back around the lake to cross Kings Avenue bridge where we detour to Aspen Island and the musical gongs of the towering National Carillion, taking in views across the central lake to the mountains beyond. We follow the smooth, wide RG (Bob) Menzies path around the lake. Passing by the grand ANZAC Parade we see how the city was designed around a triangle. A glide through a boulevard of trees in Commonwealth Park returns us to the lake and the Captain Cook water jet pumping six tonnes of water 250 metres into the sky.
To complete our circuit around the central lake we head over Commonwealth Bridge, pausing to glimpse the lives of an Australian of the Year or two, to arrive at the Avenue of Flags. Diving up the blue stone walkway “slot” of Commonwealth Place we emerge back to Questacon where our 11-kilometre circuit around the central lake and Kingston foreshore ends.
After the tour, if you want to experience the wilder side of Canberra, join us for our Bush Capital and Arboretum tour, which starts at the same meeting point at 1.45pm.
About our bikes: If you can ride a bike you can ride an electric bike. No licence needed! Our easy-to-use electric bikes make riding a breeze for all levels of fitness… so you can focus on what’s out there and not on the pedal pushing. All fun and no sweat!
We provide helmets, instructions and a chance to practice on the bikes before we set off. The bikes are equipped with comfy seats and handlebar bags for your phone, camera and other essentials. We stick mainly to cycle paths well away from the cars and take plenty of stops so you can learn how the city ticks and take in the vistas
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, electric bike hire and helmet.
Exclusions: Drinks, food, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Enclosed shoes or sandals are required for cycling. No open footwear or high heels. Bring adequate clothing for the conditions, especially on colder days. Sunscreen and sunglasses are handy on warm summer days. A small water bottle is useful but there are drinking water fountains on the cycle paths.
Canberra can experience some wild weather. We ride the tours if the weather is wet so do bring a raincoat and warm clothes. We also offer free use of raincoats, overpants and gloves to keep you dry, warm and comfy, but call ahead to check availability.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 10 people over 12 years of age and up to 2 children aged 6-11 years. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: Note that toilets are available in Questacon and the National Library foyers, where we start and end the tour.
Closure of sites: Some of the sites on the itinerary may be closed by the government for special events or in extreme weather, such as on high fire risk days. Alternative sites and routes will be offered in these circumstances.
In severe weather we may cancel the full tour if it is deemed too risky to ride. In this case we will offer to reschedule you on the next available tour, provide a credit for another tour, or give you a refund.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour free of charge. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. IMPORTANT: Note that we only have equipment for up to two children per tour (special child attachments for adult bikes). Child spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must notify us at the time of booking if you will be bringing a child so that we can reserve the equipment for you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children under 6 are not allowed on this tour unless a special arrangement has been made before booking.
Children aged 12 and older must be able to ride confidently and ride on size-adjustable adult bikes.