25 highest peaks in the ACT

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.

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Murrumbidgee River flood: Ingledene Forest

South of Tharwa, the level crossing on the Murrumbidgee River was impassable. With a break in the rain, canberra.bike visited Ingledene Forest. The Gudgenby River was also in flood but can be cross on Smiths Road over a high-level bridge. The conditions are muddy and wet underfoot.

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Ingledene Forest loop

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.

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Lanyon to Apollo Road: green and lush

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.

Update 24 April 2021 Namadgi National Park

Namadgi National Park has been closed for over a year and now some sections have opened again. The gravel section of Boboyan Road is in poor condition and a 4WD is recommended. Orroral Valley Road is closed leaving just Apollo Road open.

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Tharwa: a small country town in ACT

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.

The Namadgi National Park, including the visitors centre, and Lanyon Homestead are currently closed (as of 6/6/2020). Please check before departure.

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