Your electric bike trip starts at the beginning: in Reconciliation Place, with stories of Australia’s First Nations peoples and their enduring connection to the country.
It’s a short ride to the nearby National Portrait Gallery and High Court precinct, where the story of Australia is still unfolding — as your guide will reveal along the way.
Riding along parkland terraces your pedal assist electric bike glides you with relative ease up the hill to Parliament House for stunning hilltop vistas, and a few stories about what goes inside “the big house” as the locals call it.
Freewheeling back down the hill we take some lesser known routes through side gardens and tree lined boulevards to emerge at the National Gallery of Australia where we take a short break to experience some epic outdoor art.
Crossing over the Kings Avenue bridge we pause at Aspen Island and the 50m tall National Carillon (bell tower), soaking up views across the central lake to the mountains beyond. It’s a cruisy ride along the wide, smooth RG (Bob) Menzies path around the lake. You can catch Bob for a selfie later where he is frozen in time on one of his Prime Ministerial morning walks.
Pausing at the terraces below the grand ANZAC Parade we learn how the city was designed to fit into the surrounding landscape, and why at its heart you find a triangle. Then gliding through tree lined paths of Commonwealth Park we return to the lake and to the Captain Cook monuments showing his journeys of exploration.
To complete our circuit of the central lake we head over Commonwealth Bridge, pausing to glimpse into the lives of an Australian of the Year, or two, to arrive at the Avenue of Flags. Diving up the blue stone “slot” of Commonwealth Place we emerge back at Questacon (the science museum) where our 12-kilometre circuit of discovery ends. With a bunch of insider tips from your guide you are now more than ready to enjoy more of the best the nation’s capital has to offer.
After the trip you can choose to take a stroll to one of three nearby cafes for coffee or lunch. Or mosey on through the art galleries or exhibitions at the National Library, or go for some hands-on exploration of science and technology at Questacon.
And if you want a more complete outdoor nature embracing experience of Canberra join us for a late afternoon pedal kayak on the lake. A great way to bid a great day in Canberra a fond farewell, it may even be your Best. Day. Ever.
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: Please 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: Please note that we only have equipment for up to two children per tour (as special child attachments are required 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.