Canberra's Enlighten 3 Day Bicycle Tour

16 wind turbines can be seen on the horizon. In the foreground there is a mix of pasture and open woodland.

Canberra: One good ride after another

If you’re looking for some space and reflection – a chance to get away from the day-to-day and do something truly memorable - join us for three-day cycling holiday into the picturesque pastures and rolling hills surrounding Canberra in South East NSW.

Take a tranquil journey through wondrous natural scenery, interspersed with charming historic villages and with plenty of laughs as we go. Eat good food, enjoy good stories and rest in comfy beds at the end of each day.

This fully supported 3-day ride includes the last segment of our longer Canberra's Enlighten & Nearby NSW 6-Day Tour. Starting in Canberra you will join the guests already on this tour on their return ride to Goulburn via the townships of Gunning and Crookwell.

If you already live in Canberra or are keen to explore the surrounding region in South East NSW but have limited time, this is the cycling holiday for you.


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BOOKING FEE

$500.00 incl. GST per person


Payment Methods:

Payments can be made via Visa, MasterCard or electronic funds transfer.


Highlights:

An exhilarating 3-day bike tour of South East NSW and the rolling hills surrounding Canberra. Visit charming historical villages, relish the spectacular scenery and enjoy the lovely country atmosphere.   


Start/Finish locations:

Canberra, ACT – Goulburn, NSW


Tour Grade:

Grade 1

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Total distance:

171 km


Daily distances:

Average 57km.
Ranges from 45km to 74km per day.


Bike Hire:

If you do not wish to bring your own bike, you can hire a bike from us for $150. Please select the "Bike Hire" option when completing the booking form. For more information on our hire bikes click here.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Answers to our most commonly asked questions can be found here - Multi day tours - FAQ


Included:

Accommodation, all meals, drinks and snacks from the tour support vehicle, tour guides, daily maps and itineraries; use of support vehicles as required. Transfer from Goulburn to Canberra at the conclusion of the tour.


Excluded:

Alcoholic drinks, food, beverages, and other personal items you purchase;  room service and mini bar charges; telephone calls made from the telephone provided in your accommodation; laundry costs; parts required to repair your personal bicycle and repairs to your personal bicycle undertaken by Mulga Bicycle Tours or in a third party’s bicycle shop.


Transfer:

Transfer back to the start point in Canberra if required.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Canberra to Gunning - Cycling Distance 74km

Although it’s the longest of the tour, today’s ride is very achievable and begins on the relaxing shared pathways and off-road cycleways of Canberra. We’ll take an easy roll through the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, once again on the lookout for birdlife, before a short cycle through the Royal Military College at Duntroon to see Duntroon House and the Changi Chapel. From Duntroon, we’ll join part of Canberra's newest bicycle infrastructure, the off-road cycleway alongside the new Majura Parkway, which will take us out to the Federal Highway.

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

After lunch, we’ll tackle some steady climbs affording gorgeous rural views. This is an area famous for 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 2: 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 gem fossicking, and sapphires, zircons, and garnets 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, and you are invited to tour a famous Crookwell landmark – the Lindner Sock Factory – in the afternoon. Here colourful, Australian socks, including hand-dyed local merino versions, are made by this family-owned company.


Day 3: 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 Goulburn in time for a late lunch, and you are invited to spend an afternoon relaxing or exploring the town before we meet again for our end-of-tour dinner.


Goulburn

Today the tour concludes at checkout.