Capital Country Spring Tour

Three cyclists ride below the  traditional Chinese gate

A capital start to summer

Make the most of Canberra’s fabulous summer weather and embark on an exhilarating biking tour of this fascinating planned city and its beautiful rural surrounds.

Enjoy the breathtaking views of Canberra’s mountains, valleys and lakes, and absorb all the cultural, artistic, historical and natural delights the region has to offer.

From urban lakes and spectacular scenery, to quiet country roads under glorious blue skies, this is a Canberra cycling holiday that offers the best of both worlds … a diverse, cosmopolitan city and a peaceful, picturesque tour into the countryside. 

And this is no ordinary biking tour. At Mulga Bicycle Tours, we’re all about good food and wine, comfy beds, small groups, expert support and a commitment to safety. It’s an Australian cycling holiday like no other.

If you would like to do this tour without the overnight stays in Canberra, simply book our shorter 5-day option which joins this tour on Day 2.


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Day 1: Canberra to Gungahlin - Cycling Distance 51km

Today we’ll explore some of Canberra's greatest treasures. From Kingston we’ll ride to the Jerrabomberra Wetlands. One of the ACT’s most valuable wetland habitats, Jerrabomberra is a refuge for migrating birds from the northern hemisphere and inland Australia. 

As we explore Canberra’s network of cycle ways and shared paths, you’ll enjoy the stunning views of the city from both ends of Lake Burley Griffin and the National Arboretum. We’ll also journey alongside another three of the city’s signature man-made lakes. 

The day will conclude with a guided twilight tour of Mulligan’s Flat Woodland Sanctuary, where we’ll look for bettongs and other endangered native animals.


Day 2: Gungahlin to Gunning - Cycling Distance 55km

Today’s ride snakes its way through the suburbs, along the edge of Mulligan’s Flat Woodland and entering rural NSW. Our journey follows a popular local cycling route, and you’ll soon see why Canberra is often referred to as the ‘Bush Capital’.

Lunch today will be at historic Gundaroo, a unique town in the Yass Valley that has retained its special 19th-century character.

After lunch, we’ll tackle some steady climbs and enjoy gorgeous rural views. This is an area famous for its wind turbines, and these sometimes-controversial structures dot the surrounding hillsides. We’ll arrive in the peaceful town of Gunning in time for a well-deserved afternoon tea.


Day 3: Gunning to Crookwell - Cycling Distance 45km

Today takes us to the highest point of the tour. Crookwell is nearly 1,000m above sea level, and while short, today’s cycle features a steady, constant climb with a reasonably kind gradient (although a few short sections will challenge the legs!). 

You will be rewarded, of course, with stunning views across the countryside, as well as a lovely, four-kilometre descent to our destination.

On the way, we’ll pass through Grabben Gullen, named after the local Aboriginal term for ‘small waters’. This town is known for its gem fossicking, and treasures can still be found in the many streams that feed through the area into the Lachlan River.

We’ll arrive in Crookwell in time for a late lunch, after which you are invited to tour a famous landmark: the Lindner Sock Factory. Here colourful, Australian socks, including hand-dyed local merino versions, are made by this family-owned company.


Day 4: Crookwell to Goulburn - Cycling Distance 52km

Today we’ll cycle through quiet backroads before taking the main road to Goulburn, reaping the benefits of yesterday’s climb and finishing the tour with a mostly downhill run into one of Australia’s first inland settlements.

We’ll arrive in time for a late lunch, and you are invited to spend an afternoon relaxing or exploring the town before we meet again for dinner.


Day 5: Goulburn to Bungendore - Cycling Distance 68km

Leaving Australia’s oldest inland city, famous for its rich history, agricultural heritage and the iconic Big Merino, we’ll set off at a relaxed pace across the relatively flat southern end of the Goulburn plains.

We’ll ride through the tree-lined village of Lake Bathurst before arriving at Tarago, known most recently for its renewable energy projects and impressive wind towers.

After lunch, we’ll tour the Woodlawn Eco-Precinct and Bioreactor. We’ll then jump on the bikes for the undulating climb and a final, rewarding descent into Bungendore, home to a thriving local arts scene, galleries, and plenty of quality cafés.

Tonight we’ll settle back at the historic Carrington Inn, built in 1885 as a stopover on the Cobb & Co. route, now a cosy getaway.


Day 6: Bungendore to Canberra - Cycling Distance 40km

Except for the short climb up Smith’s Gap, today is a relaxed, rolling, downhill ride into Canberra.

With this relatively easy day done, we’ll have plenty of time to explore the Parliamentary Triangle, an area in the heart of Canberra that includes the Australian War Memorial and ANZAC Parade, and Canberra’s oldest building St John’s Church.

Other sites around Lake Burley Griffin include the National Library of Australia, Questacon, and the National Gallery of Australia with its stunning sculpture garden. We’ll finish with a circuit of new Parliament House before arriving at our accommodation.


Canberra

Today the tour concludes at checkout. You may wish to explore the many museums, galleries and cultural gems on offer in this fascinating city before heading home.

While Canberra may be known as Australia’s political hub, it’s also the place to discover more about Australia through the array of national attractions that hold and tell the nation’s story.

Feeling creative? See glass artists in action at the Canberra Glassworks in Kingston, or try your hand at making your own glass masterpiece. Or for an urban fix, venture over to Lonsdale Street in Braddon or New Acton and indulge in Canberra’s food and wine scene.

Don’t miss the chance to cycle through this unique and alluring part of Australia. Book your spot on this tour now.

Important information

  • Acceptance of your booking is subject to Mulga Tours receiving a signed Waiver And Assumption Of Risk Form for each member of your party indicating acceptance of our Terms and Conditions, Safety Guidelines, Code of Conduct and Privacy Policy.
  • Your booking fee is not refundable, but is transferrable with at least 61 days’ notice.
  • Guests are responsible for choosing a trip that suits their abilities, fitness level, and state of health. See How Mulga Bicycle Tours Grades Its Tours for more information.
  • A list of mandatory safety equipment that you must bring with you on tour can be found in section 10 of our Terms and Conditions. We will ask to see your safety equipment prior to the commencement of the tour and we may also check it during the tour. If an item is missing or we form the view that a safety item does not comply, we may decide to exclude you from joining the tour or riding until you have acquired the necessary safety item or it has been serviced or recharged.
  • We are unable to delay the start of the tour for anyone who does not have the appropriate safety equipment.
  • Guests are also responsible for ensuring they are adequately and appropriately prepared both physically and mentally for the tour. If you have any health issues or doubts prior to the tour, you should seek appropriate medical advice and contact us.
  • We make every effort to stick to our plans, but tour details, such as accommodation, menus, and sometimes routes, are subject to change.
  • Guests must read all correspondence and information provided by Mulga Tours before and during their tour.
  • You may choose to hire a bicycle from us. The price of hire will be added to the tour price.