The ACT has big mountains, by Australian standards, but none of them are in Canberra. Reading the article “Hill climbs of interest in the suburbs”, it is worth remembering that Canberra was built where it is because it is so flat.Continue reading “25 highest peaks in the ACT”
It has been said there is good riding in the ACT. Namadgi National Park and behind that Brindabella National Park are close to Canberra. That makes them interesting, however, none of the rides are short. The ACT Environment website provides information about the management trails.Continue reading “West ACT: riding on gravel”
There is a good gravel, publicly accessible road there, as well as a nice picnic area with facilities close by. In winter you may find snow. Paradise and bliss! It is one of the most civilised, high up places in the ACT at the top of a 600m continuous rise. What is not to like?
Admittedly, fitness may be a problem. The round trip from Stromlo Forest Park is around 73km and it’s a total climb of around 1700m. Here is a little information about getting there.Continue reading “Piccadilly Circus calling”
ACT Forest likes mountain bikes and radiata pines. You may have ridden Kowen Forest, Majura Pines or the tracks behind the zoo. The Ingledene Forest is being planted south of Tharwa and we can ride there, too.
Both Sunshine Road and Angle Crossing Road were closed on 16 August 2020 due to flooding. Smiths Road has a good bridge.Continue reading “Ingledene Forest loop”
The Namadgi National Park website of the ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, for short ACT Environment, has been updated. They have even provided a rather nice map and updated the walks page, too.Continue reading “Namadgi National Park: website update”
Namadgi National Park has not been mentioned much yet on canberra.bike. After the fires, it has remained closed. The northern and southern tips of the park are now opening again.Continue reading “Popular walking trails re-open in Namadgi – Canberra CityNews”
Mount Tennent, Honeysuckle Creek and Mount Rob Roy belong to the great hill climbs in the south. Mount Tennent, south of Tharwa, is usually walked but it can be run. Honeysuckle Creek is a popular road ride (the road is currently closed), and Mount Rob Roy a gravel ascent on Banks Steep Track management trail.Continue reading “Mount Rob Roy: alone but not forgotten”
Leave Canberra and follow the Tharwa Drive south to the Tharwa Bridge. Mount Rob Roy is to the east and Mount Tennent directly ahead. Continue to the Namadgi National Park and Visitors Centre. The Namadgi National Park is currently closed but it is a pretty trip to Apollo Road. There is no bushfire damage and, after the rains, it is green and lush.
Lanyon Homestead is now open again after the COVID-19 closure.Continue reading “Lanyon to Apollo Road: green and lush”
Tharwa is a great idea for a day out and there is a lot to see in a small area. You could consider riding there south through Canberra, or if you are keen then try the loop ride from Stromlo Forest Park south through the suburbs to Tharwa, where you cross the Murrumbidgee River and return to Stromlo Forest Park on the other side of the river via Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Cotter.Continue reading “Tharwa: a small country town in ACT”