Capital Country Spring Tour

Three cyclists ride below the  traditional Chinese gate

The Perfect Short Cycling Break

Daily Overview

  • Day 1: Goulburn to Bungendore - 68km
  • Day 2: Bungendore to Canberra - 40km
  • Day 3: Canberra to Gungahlin - 51km
  • Day 4: Gungahlin to Gunning - 55km
  • Day 5: Gunning to Crookwell - 45km
  • Day 6: Crookwell to Goulburn - 49km

About This Tour

Make the most of Canberra’s fabulous spring 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.

What Is Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 or 4 star properties including pre-tour accommodation in Goulburn (Sunday 1 November, 2020)
  • All meals starting from breakfast on Day 1 (but not lunch on Day 3 in Canberra)
  • End of tour dinner
  • Twilight Tour at Mulligan's Flat Woodland Sanctuary
  • Hot/cold drinks and snacks from the support vehicle
  • Daily photos to capture your memories
  • Daily maps and elevation profiles
  • Support vehicles provided every day - ride as much or as little as you please
  • Custom built support trailer for careful and safe carriage of your bike and luggage
  • Luggage transfer between your accommodation
  • UHF radio link between yourself and the support vehicle
  • Mechanical assistance and support (limited spares)
  • Tour guides - the owners of Mulga Bicycle Tours are with you every day



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BOOKING FEE

$500.00 incl. GST per person

Departure date:

2nd November 2020

From (GST inc)

  • $2,665 pp twin share
  • $3,295 single

Payment Methods:

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


Highlights:

An exhilarating spring tour of the Capital Country’s natural, cultural and historical highlights.


Start/Finish locations:

Goulburn, NSW – Goulburn, NSW


Tour Grade:

Grade 1

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Total Distance:

308km


Daily Distances:

Average 52km.

Ranges from 40km to 68km per day.


Weather:

Use these links from the Bureau of Meteorology to gain an understanding of the weather at this time of the year in Canberra
and Goulburn.


Bike Hire:

If you do not wish to bring your own bike, you can hire a standard pedal bike from us for $270 or an E-bike (limited numbers) for $480. Please select your desired "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 (except for lunch on Day 3 in Canberra) starting with breakfast on Day 1 in Goulburn; drinks and snacks from the tour support vehicle, tour guides, daily maps and itineraries; use of support vehicles as required; twilight tour of Mulligan's Flat Woodland Sanctuary.


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.


Transfers:

Guests are responsible for transfers to and from the tour.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1: 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 jump on the bikes for an 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 2: 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.


Day 3: 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.

Please note: as today's ride is mostly on off-road bike paths, our support vehicle will not be available.


Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: Crookwell to Goulburn - Cycling Distance 49km

Today we’ll cycle through quiet backroads 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 7: Goulburn

Today the tour concludes at checkout. You may wish to spend some time exploring the many fascinating architectural gems around town before heading home.

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