Whenever I visit Canberra I do a variation of the classic ride around Lake Burley Griffin. You can venture off in any direction on safe and scenic cycle paths, and on this occasion I left my car at the National Gallery and headed west around the Parliamentary precinct.
I joined the lakeside path, which has got to be one of the most varied and beautiful cycleways in the country. Not long after passing Government House, you’ll find an offshoot path to Mt. Stromlo.
The Mt. Stromlo path is gently undulating and runs alongside a small river. The Mt. Stromlo National Bike Park is a 52km labyrynth of different graded MTB tracks and trails. After exploring a few, I returned to the City on the other side of the river to enjoy the unsealed Bridle Trail which ends at the Canberra Dam, near the National Zoo.
The path then hugs the Lake all the way back to Canberra City, with lots of lovely photo ops along the way (even in poor light). The path eventually comes out behind the Australian National Museum, then continues around the Lake past the National Carillon Tower, then back to the National Gallery.
If you have not ridden around Lake Burley Griffin, put it on your bucket list as one of the most enjoyable bike tours you can do. This one totalled just over 50kms in 3 hours. Can’t wait to do it again.