Our journey starts in front of the National Library at Reconciliation Place, with stories of Australia’s First Nations peoples and their enduring connection to the country. Then it’s time to hop on our electric bikes.
Joining the lakeside cycle paths, on your pedal assist electric bike you’ll glide along the heart of the nation's capital, passing through the avenue of flags and around the central lake. You’ll be able to soak up the grand vistas of the city's national buildings framed by the glimmering lake in front and forested peaks behind.
Leaving the heart of the city we’ll head into the parklands around the lake to uncover the natural character of the capital. Emerging from the parklands we’ll cycle by a strip of lakeside cafes — the perfect time to take a short break and maybe grab a coffee or try an exotic smoothie (drinks and snacks are at your own cost).
A short ride around the lake completes the circuit, pausing to admire a lakeside sculpture, or just to smile at the antics of the water birds. After completing the cycle circuit you’ll have time for a quick lunch at one of the cafes near the start/finish point.
Next up, we’ll hop on board the comfortable passenger van to start our scenic 45-minute drive into the mountains southwest of Canberra to the spectacular Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Your local guide will introduce you to this beautiful mountain region and explain its natural and cultural significance.
We’ll take a short break to stretch our legs at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Visitor Centre where you can explore the wildlife displays, enjoy a coffee or a cool drink, or explore the gift shop. A 10-minute drive transports us to the sanctuaries deep inside the reserve where your guided wildlife walk will begin.
You can choose to walk a little or a lot — it’s up to you. We offer short guided walks to meet the koalas, wallabies and other wildlife close to the sanctuary carpark.
After the wildlife walks you have the choice to either hop on an electric bike for an easy and magical "ride with the 'roos" back through the park, or get back into the vehicle for a stop at a grassy field to check out more kangaroos and soak up the mountain scenery.
Before or after visiting the nature reserve (dependent on weather conditions on the day), we’ll visit the NASA Deep Space Communication Complex to learn about the search for life in the universe and the distant spacecraft exploring our solar system.
Then it’s a scenic trip back across the river to the city, where we’ll be glad to drop you directly at your accommodation, as long as it is within 20 kilometres of the city centre. Please let us know where you’ll be staying when you book the tour.
Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for all the latest happenings in the city and for recommendations on what else to see, do, and eat during your stay in Canberra.
Please note: In the event of bad weather that may prevent a safe e-bike trip, we’ll head over to the NASA Space Centre first for a longer visit to explore the displays about the planets, the Apollo moon missions and the Mars rover.
We still offer the guided wildlife walks in wet weather and provide raincoats and umbrellas as required, so please dress appropriately!
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 and helmet hire, bottle of water.
Exclusions: Food and drink (other than a bottle of water), gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Please bring extra warm clothing in the cooler months from May to October. Coats and other warm clothing can be left in the vehicle if not required.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 7 people.
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.
Closure of sites: The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve may be closed on days where there is a high fire risk or other severe weather event. In this situation we will contact you to offer an alternative nature tour or to reschedule for a different day. If neither of these options is possible we offer a full refund.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page. Children under the age of 6 can join at no cost.