Molonglo and Murrumbidgee views: Stockdill Drive

A sunset ride on Stockdill Drive is one of the best things you can do. The road suddenly ends, which discourages traffic. Apart from a farm or two, nobody lives there. You will pass the Woodstock Nature Reserve and Shepherd Lookout along the way – a lot to see in just 3.4 km.

West of Stromlo: ride on the far side

Riding on the west slopes of Mount Stromlo along a serpentine route with views of the Brindabella Ranges. Mount Stromlo Forest is a large reserve on the slopes of Mount Stromlo. West of the mountain, many creeks run off undulating hills into the Murrumbidgee River, and have cut into the clay to form deep creek beds.

Black Mountain: too big to miss

Black Mountain forest, close to Civic, is rarely explored. The north and west slopes of the mountain offer excellent cycling on formed vehicle trails. Beautiful walking trails crisscross the mountain.

Hall on the Canberra Centenary Trail

Hall and Tharwa stand out in the ACT as they were there before everything else. It is difficult to ride to Hall with the lack of a bike path and only one access road. Mountain bikers know it as the starting point of the 17 km long, ACT northern border Canberra Centenary Trail.

Bicentennial National Trail between Hawker and Strathnairn

The Bicentennial National Trail can be ridden with a mountain bike from Hawker to Strathnairn in Belconnen west. The Pinnacle Nature Reserve in Hawker is a gem. A photo essay of the ride.

Horse Park Drive Gungahlin

A ride from Belconnen to Thorsby, and then along Horse Park Drive in Gungahlin to Casey shops before returning via Gungahlin Pond. A ride from Belconnen to Thorsby, and then along Horse Park Drive in Gungahlin to Casey shops before returning via Gungahlin Pond.

Dickson Majura Gungahlin loop

A very pretty ride from Belconnen to Majura Pines, returning via Gungahlin. Majura Pines is a great destination. With a gravel bike or mountain bike, it is an easy ride from Dickson along Blue Metal Road through Mount Majura Nature Reserve. A longer route back is to follow the bike path along Majura Parkway and return via Gungahlin.

Throsby, Harrison and Franklin from Belconnen

Throsby, Gungahlin, has an excellent bike path and views of the Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve. This was an enjoyable loop ride to Throsby from Belconnen. Throsby has good bike infrastructure. The route is roundabout but along good bike paths, and all major road crossings are at signal intersections.