Your ebike journey begins at Reconciliation Place, where you’ll encounter stories of Australia's First Nations peoples, their enduring culture and ongoing connection to the country.
Gliding through Commonwealth Place we then emerge into a cosmopolitan city amidst the Avenue of Flags, and the majestic national buildings which are the keepers of Australia’s modern culture and law.
Following the lakeside cycle path to the west we greet the vista of a modern city embraced by its bushy peaks and mountain ranges. Pausing at the Chinese Gardens, framed by the Chinese Embassy behind, we learn how Canberra is evolving into the multicultural city it is today.
As if by magic we then leave a modern city behind to plunge into lakeside parklands. Keep an eye out for the kangaroos, cockatoos and magpies. Cruising around the lakeside beaches and peninsulas which etch the ancient drowned river course below, we take a short break in Weston Park to learn how Canberra emerged from the bush and a few sheep paddocks as a planned city. And why fire plays a big role in our city’s pysche.
Gliding past the stately Governor General’s residence (guarded it seems by mobs of huge grey kangaroos), we cross Scrivener Dam — which turned the meandering Molonglo River into the lake we love today.
Then your electric stead really gets to work as it helps you climb the hill, up through growing forests planted from every corner of the world, to arrive at the architecturally stunning Village Centre, where we take a 40-minute break.
You can choose to explore the Bonsai collection, stroll a forest or relax with a coffee and take in the vistas – of a modern city on one side and rugged mountain ranges on the other.
After our break it’s a short climb to soar with the eagle at its perch atop Diary Hill, followed by a descent back down to the lake (good thing we check the brakes before every tour).
Riding around the forested flanks of Black Mountain, it’s a relaxing cruise by the lakeside cycle path to the city, pausing along the way under the skyward bound spirals at the National Museum of Australia — a place well worth coming back to explore later.
A gentle roll around the lake returns us to the starting point. All up, a no-sweat fun-filled round-trip ride of about 25 kilometres, including over one big hill. Enough for boasting rights, right? (Just don’t tell anyone it was on an electric bike.)
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. 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.
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.