Capital Country Floriade
A blooming good time awaits
Pedal amongst the paddocks and tip toe through the tulips with this invigorating and varied cycling holiday of Canberra and surrounding region.
Enjoy riding under wide blue skies, breathing the crisp, clean, spring air on this peaceful journey through the quiet country roads, historic villages and sweeping plains between Goulburn and Canberra.
Experience the historical, cultural and natural delights of Canberra, recently named by Lonely Planet as one of the top places to visit in 2018, and take in the cheerful ambience of Floriade; the largest floral festival in the southern hemisphere.
It’s one good thing after another in Canberra, as it is with Mulga Bicycle Tours. Good food and wine, comfy beds, small groups, expert support and a commitment to safety ensure an Australian cycling holiday like no other.
Transfer options: If you’re coming from Sydney, why not catch the train and meet us in Goulburn? We can also provide car transfers to and from Canberra. Simply book a transfer with us on the tour booking form.
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 jump back 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 top-notch 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.
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.
Today we’ll visit the colourful splendour of Floriade. Marvel at the splendid mass plantings of tulips and other seasonal bulbs in dazzling displays. Admire sculptural flower arrangements, the fascinating native and veggie gardens, and pick up some unique handmade treasures at the Floriade marketplace.
In the afternoon, you are free to enjoy Canberra’s many treasures. Explore the hipster haven of Braddon, take in an exhibition at the National Museum of Australia or visit the Canberra Glassworks. If you feel like cycling today, Canberra has many on- and off-road cycle paths, or a tour around Lake Burley Griffin is a great way to unwind.
Today we drive up to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, where we’ll cycle around the 16km loop road and immerse ourselves in the rich natural surroundings before stopping to enjoy a sumptuous picnic lunch.
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is located on the fringes of Namadgi National Park in Canberra’s south-east and joins the northern section of Kosciuszko National Park in NSW. Together, these parks and reserve form the northern part of the Australian Alps. They play a vital role in the conservation of endangered indigenous species like the Northern Corroboree Frog, the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby and the Eastern Bettong.
Tidbinbilla is home to a multitude of stunning native birds as well as kangaroos, emus, wallabies, echidnas and koalas. It provides a rare opportunity to experience Australian birds and wildlife in a range of habitats, from wetlands to alpine environments. After lunch, we’ll take a leisurely stroll through the predator-proof Sanctuary enclosure, where you’ll have the chance of a close encounter with brolgas, pelicans and magpie geese, and may even see a platypus.
On our way back into Canberra, if time permits, we may also visit Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and the new Cotter Dam.
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, keeping a lookout for the abundant 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 in the Yass Valley 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 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.
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 Crookwell landmark: the Lindner Sock Factory. Here colourful, Australian socks, including hand-dyed local merino versions, are made by this family-owned company.
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 our end-of-tour dinner.
Today the tour concludes at checkout. You may wish to spend some time exploring the many fascinating architectural gems around town before heading home.
If you like your cycling tours with a healthy dose of rural charm, historic insights and floral spectacle then don’t delay. Book your spot on this tour now.
NB: If you are looking for a shorter bicycle tour in the Canberra region we also have a three-day option.
- 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.
- 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.