Part 1 – your electric bike journey (11am to 1.30pm.)
Your ‘nature of a nation’ electric bike journey starts at the beginning, in Reconciliation Place - with stories of Australia’s First Nations peoples and their enduring connection to the country. Our bikes will glide us around the lake through parklands to take in the vistas of the mountains beyond.
Leaving the heart of the city behind its time to meander along quiet cycle paths up to the Australian National Botanic Gardens nestled in the sheltered flanks of Black Mountain. Here we park our bikes for a remarkable short walk to discover the true nature of Australia – from the red desert, meandering past rock gardens and waterfalls to plunge down and along a cool rainforest gully - hopefully with the odd wildlife encounter along the way.
A short ride down by the lakeside cycle path and past the water-birds brings us to the stunning National Museum of Australia with its sweeping views across the city and a stop for lunch either in the museum café (not included), or you can bring your own picnic. After lunch you can choose to head off on a self-guided adventure from the museum or join your guide for the return trip to our starting point near Questacon.
Part 2 –Self-guided electric bike trips around Canberra (1.30pm to 4pm). Equipped with a map and advice from your local guide you can choose to keep your electric bike for the afternoon (included in the tour price) to go and explore some of our other national attractions or lakeside cycle paths in your own time. If you love a bushland ride you can do the whole western lake cycle path circuit in about one hour, plus stops. You can then return the bike to us at the start of the kayak trip near the National Museum at 4pm. This e-bike hire option is only available on the Canberra All Encompassed tour.
Part 3 – your pedal kayak cruise (4pm to 5.30pm).
After fitting you with a life vest, running through a few safety instructions and getting some practice in with the pedal-drive system, we’ll set off for a glide around the lake and enjoy exceptional water views of the city, the lake islands and the surrounding forested peaks.
The exact route we follow will depend on the weather conditions that day and what you want to see. Your relaxing lake kayak cruise will normally include:
- Learning about the lake, its wildlife and the antics of the water-birds
- Discovering the story behind the colourful architecture and spiral sky loops of the National Museum of Australia
- Pulling up for a short break to explore a lake island or lakeside beach
- The freedom to meander, relax and soak up the afternoon light dancing on the water
With your hands free to record the serene moments on your camera our slow kayak cruise gives you time to enjoy the rhythm and freedom of the water.
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.
About our kayaks:
The kayak pedal-drive system propels you through the water with ease – using your leg muscles, not your arms. Our kayaks are very stable and safe and come with the new very comfy adjustable seats, fingertip rudder control and dry hatches to store jumpers, cameras, phones. It is hands-down the easiest way to get around on the water using human power!
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, electric bike hire and helmet, kayak hire and life jacket
Exclusions: Drinks, food, souvenirs and personal shopping and tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: For cycling: 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.
For kayaking: Bring adequate clothing for the conditions, especially to stay warm on colder days when out on the water. (Clothing can be stored in dry hatches on the kayaks). A hat (with chin strap to stay on if windy), some sunglasses, a dab of sunscreen, and a small water bottle are handy.
Expect to get your feet wet, up to about shin height, getting in and out of the kayaks. We can lend you some special footwear and you can store your shoes/sandals in the kayak dry hatch.
Canberra can experience some wild weather. We conduct 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: 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 ages 6-11 are welcome to join the tour, with a maximum of 2 children per tour. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Children under the age of 6 are not allowed on the tour unless arranged privately with the tour guide before the tour.