Riding along Pipe Flat through the Molonglo Valley is a great ride. It is relatively flat and very scenic. It has become more difficult to pass the building sites at Whitlam and Namarag. Care is required on Coppins Crossing Road.
The total distance is about 20 km – one way in four legs with quite different characteristics.
- National Arboretum to Coppins Crossing Road
- Coppins Crossing Road run Sculthorpe Avenue, Whitlam
- Sculthorpe Avenue, Whitlam, to Pipe Flat end
- Pipe Flat end to World’s End
Overview of the route
Riding Pipe Flat was straight forward until they closed the Butters Bridge and then the section of Pipe Flat along Namarag for its construction. The construction of the new suburb of Whitlam create similar obstacles, but stage 1 and 2 have opened and now road access is possible. Further difficulties were the locked gates along Pipe Flat The locked gates are not just designed to keep cars out but do a fair job at making lives difficult for pedestrians and cyclists, too, even though both are welcome.
A little imagination is now required and you will have to compromise. From the National Arboretum to Coppins Crossing Road you will have to endure the locked gates and lift your bike over, before climbing through the gate yourself. From Coppins Crossing Road run Sculthorpe Avenue, Whitlam, you will need to ride along a short 1 km section of the notorious Coppins Crossing Road. Once you reach John Gorton Drive it gets better. Sculthorpe Avenue in Whitlam is very quiet as nobody lives there yet and construction of the houses has yet to begin. Finally, Sculthorpe Avenue, Whitlam, to the end of Pipe Flat is flat grass without a trail. Walk and watch out for snakes. The distance is short.
The full route can be found as a collection on komoot here.
Views from Whitlam
Skirt around the construction site at the end of Sculthorpe Avenue, below Shillam Chase, Whitlam, ACT
Deep Creek is to your right.
Pipe Flat can be seen on the other side of Deep Creek.
Once you are close to the sewer pipe you will find the end of Pipe Flat.
Pipe Flat continues down the hill to cross Deep Creek.
Follow Pipe Flat to the end. You will know when you get there as the signs will tell you clearly that you need to turn back.