Canberra Centenary Trail: Taylor to Forde

The section of Canberra Centenary Trail along the border with NSW overlooks Gungahlin and winds its way amongst rural hills The Canberra Centenary Trail is an adventure – walking, riding or any other way. The ACT Environment’s website is hopelessly out of date – do not let that put you off.

Canberra cycling planner

There are many ways to plan your route around Canberra. Here are a few suggestions. If you want to plan a ride around Canberra, you will need a good map. After that, a route suggestion could be useful. Here both are discussed.

Hill climbs of interest in the suburbs

Some love hills. There is satisfaction found climbing a hill and the reward of a magnificent view at the top. The ride down is a real thrill. Here are suggest hill climbs that lie in the heart of the suburbs.

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.

Woodstock Nature Reserve, Murrumbidgee River

The Murrumbidgee River Corridor is a Canberra highlight. Woodstock Nature Reserve and Shepherd Lookout, with a magnificent sunset view of the river. In easy reach of Belconnen, this should not be missed.

Cycling in the National Arboretum

The National Arboretum is a great place to relax with magnificent views. Cycling is permitted on all paths in the National Arboretum. For mountain bikes, it offers 12 kilometres of multi-use trails, which have remained relatively undiscovered.

OpenStreetMap: the best map for cycling Canberra

Riding in Canberra is great if you know where to go. Roads are not the best option, and paths are much safer. OpenStreetMap shows all the paths. Load an app on your smartphone and the map goes with you. Let me point you in the right direction.