Our ride starts at the beginning, in Reconciliation Place with stories of Australia’s First Nations peoples and their enduring connection to Country.
We glide around the lake on our electric steads through parklands and over bridges with a close up view of the water Captain Cook water jet pumping six tonnes of water 150 metres into the sky.
The leaving the heart of the city behind its time to meander along quiet paths through the Australian National University to climb 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 centre, meandering past rock gardens and waterfalls to plunge down and along a cool rainforest gully - often with the odd wildlife encounter along the way as your guide will reveal. It’s a glimpse of Australian nature from across a whole continent, but in just a few hundred metres.
Mounting our electric bikes once more it is a short trip down by the lakeside cycle path past the water-birds to the stunning National Museum of Australia perched on a lakeside peninsula with sweeping views across the city. Here we stop for lunch. Have a wander inside this ethereal building and enjoy a scrumptious lunch in the café overlooking the lake, or bring a picnic to enjoy on the lakeside lawn outside.
After lunch and a quick look around, it is cruisy ride around the lakeside path over Commonwealth Bridge passing though the Avenue of Flags to return to our starting point.
All up a trip of just 14km but a journey of discovery from the city centre to a vivid natural world and back again – with stories that reveal the true character of a nation.
This trip can be combined with the 6pm pedal kayak cruise “Sunsets and Serenity on the Water” tour for the “Canberra All Encompassed” grand tour. And with the option for some self guided adventures in between trips: talk to us for some advice and options.
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 discover the true nature of the city 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.
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