This is the tale of two cities. First up we experience the cosmopolitan heart of national capital. Then we dive into the wilder side of the bush capital.
Your Canberra e-bike tour starts at Reconciliation Place with stories of Australia’s First Nations peoples. We cruise up to the National Portrait Gallery and High Court precincts before visiting Parliament House for stunning hilltop vistas. Freewheeling downhill, we emerge at the National Gallery of Australia where you can view some epic art installations.
Having feasted the eyes, it’s now time to fuel the body as we ride east to arrive at the vibrant Kingston Foreshore avenue of cafes. Here we take a 40-minute break for you to enjoy a scrumptious lunch or indulge in a wholesome exotic smoothie (at your own cost).
Fueled up, we ride back around the lake and follow the smooth, wide RG (Bob) Menzies path. We head over Commonwealth Bridge, pausing to glimpse the lives of an Australian of the Year or two, to the Avenue of Flags, before emerging back at Questacon, where part one of your journey ends. Take a short break to explore some local art, mosey on over Questacon for hands-on experience of science and technology or just relax with a drink at the outdoor terrace cafe of the National Library. You are welcome to keep the bike during this break for your own free cruising.
Then it’s off to the wilder side of Canberra as we head west. We leave a modern city behind to plunge into lakeside parklands. Keep an eye out for the kangaroos, cockatoos and magpies. We take a short break in Weston Park to learn more about how Canberra emerged from the bush to become our “bush capital.”
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.
We then climb the arboretum hill, up through growing forests planted from every corner of the world, to arrive at the 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.
Riding the forested flanks of Black Mountain it’s a glide back around the lake to the city where we pause under the sky spirals (or Uluru path) at the stunning National Museum of Australia. A gentle roll over Commonwealth Bridge returns us back to the start point.
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. 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 email@example.com.
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.