Capital Country Spring Tour - 5 Days

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

Spring into a new season in the Canberra region

Experience one good thing after another on this shorter (5-day 4-night) variation of our Capital Country Spring Tour.

We’ll take you on a peaceful journey through picturesque villages and spectacular natural scenery, following quiet roads under glorious wide blue skies.

Explore quirky rural villages, indulge in local produce, share fascinating stories, see plenty of native wildlife and bask in some good old-fashioned country hospitality.

If you already live in Canberra or are keen to explore Canberra’s surrounding region in South East NSW (also known as Capital Country) this is the cycling holiday for you. Leaving Gungahlin in Canberra’s north, you will join the other guests as they embark on Day 2 of their longer (6-day) spring bike tour.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Gungahlin to Gunning - Cycling Distance 55km

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

On the way, we will see remnants of European settlement from the time before the city of Canberra was established.

Lunch today will be at historic Gundaroo, a unique town that has retained its special 19th-century character. Before we leave, we’ll visit the workshop of renowned ‘Bikecologist’ Wayne Kotzur, a bespoke bicycle builder who specialises in custom vehicles for people with visual or mobility impairment.

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’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: 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 4: 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 5: 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 AustraliaQuestacon, and the National Gallery of Australia with its stunning sculpture garden. We’ll finish with a circuit of new Parliament House. Your tour finishes with our end of tour dinner this evening. If you would like accommodation in Canberra tonight please select "End of Tour Accommodation in Canberra" when booking.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We make every effort to stick to our plans, but tour details, such as non-riding activities, accommodation, menus, and sometimes routes, are subject to change.
  • For the safety of our guests and staff Mulga Tours will cancel riding on days where we consider conditions are such that it is unsafe to ride. This may be due to high or low temperatures, high or gusty winds, heavy rain, low visibility or any other condition or circumstances which we consider makes riding unsafe. In these circumstances we will transfer guests to our next destination by vehicle.
  • Fire Danger Rating. Mulga Tours will cancel riding on days when a fire danger rating of Severe, Extreme, Code Red or Catastrophic has been declared. On these days we will transfer guests to our next destination by vehicle.
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  • Hotel credit card pre-authorisations. The tour price includes the cost of your accommodation each night of the tour. At check-in some accommodation providers may require you to provide a credit card pre-authorisation to cover expenses you may incur on top of the accommodation costs covered by Mulga.
  • You may choose to hire a bicycle from us. The price of hire will be added to the tour price.