Canberra Local Rides

I am not one of those riders that rides the same road over and over again. I like to venture out and find new roads, interesting roads that lead to interesting places. I regularly get asked where are good rides around Canberra and I often rustle up a few quick routes, stick them in an email and fire them off. So I thought I’d put together a collection of day rides of varying lengths from a quick 100km loop just to get some fresh air to much more serious miles where you just need to get out and let the wheels roll beneath you.

  • Under 200km where you just want a quick spin
  • 200 to 350km where you want to ride for about a tankful of fuel
  • 350 – 600km where you just want to get out for the day and cruise the countryside
  • Over 600km for those days where you just need to get out for serious road therapy

A Quick Spin – under 200km


Map Link | Distance: 115km

Yass – Dalton

Map Link | Distance: 200km

Notes: the backroad to Yass is a nice alternative to the Barton highway – if you want a nice detour turn left and head to Wee Jasper for a nice little winding road in the hills.

Yass via backroads

Map Link | Distance: 160km

Note: 3km section of dirt on Dog Trap road.

Gunning – Breadalbane

Map Link | Distance: 180km

Notes: great coffee and food at the Merino Cafe at Gunning

Gunning – Breadalbane – Lake George Escarpment

Map Link | Distance: 200km

Notes: there is about 15km of dirt over the escarpment but it provides great views of Lake George.

Gundaroo Pub for Dinner

Map Link | Distance: 110km

Notes: The Colonial Inn is a lovely setting serving a great meal and feels a million miles from the Capital.

Out for a Tankful 200 – 350km

Crookwell – Goulburn

Map Link | Distance: 260km

Bungonia – Goulburn

Map Link | Distance: 250km

Araluen Pub for Lunch

Map Link | Distance: 240km

Notes: Araluen Pub – the road to Captains Flat from Araluen is dirt.

Crookwell – Boorowa

Map Link | Distance: 320km

Gunning – Goulburn – Currawang

Map Link | Distance: 245km

Lunch at the Taralga

Map Link | Distance: 330km

Notes: these are all great roads and enjoy a meal at the Twisted Vine Cafe or the Taralga Hotel.

A Cruisy Day Ride 350 – 600km

Nowra – Kangaroo Valley

Map Link | Distance: 440km

Note: make sure you stop at the Cambewarra lookout a nice little tea house and panoramic view of the shoalhaven

The Snowies

Map Link | Distance: 525km

Note: this includes a short stretch of dirt on the Wee Jasper Road

Huskisson & the Bay

Map Link | Distance: 450km

Mt Darragh & The Clyde

Map Link | Distance: 600km

Crookwell – Bathurst – Oberon

Map Link | Distance: 550km

The Brown & The Clyde

Map Link | Distance: 525km

Coota Loop

Map Link | Distance: 380km

Lunch at the Licorice Factory

Map Link | Distance: 450km

Notes: Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory

I Need Serious Road Therapy! Over 600km

Monaro and Princess Hwys

Map Link | Distance: 740km

Mt Imlay & The Clyde

Map Link | Distance: 680km

Narrabri – Walgett

Map Link | Distance: 1680km

Notes: Ride report – Saddle Sore 1600

Cobar – Hay

Map Link | Distance: 1600km

Notes: Ride report – A ride to clear the head

The Alpine Way

Map Link | Distance: 660km

The Bonang & Mt Imlay

Map Link | Distance: 820km

Notes: The Bonang still contains up to 20km of dirt … and secretly I hope it never gets sealed as it will then be a major bike road.

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