Did you know the first ever Me-Mover we sold in Australia went to Canberra? Well, it did! And as such, we think it's about time we share some great trails in Canberra where you can ride your Me-Mover or bike.
Canberra has an extensive network of cycle paths across the city and most suburb, making it one of the most cycle friendly cities in Australia. This means it's pretty easy to find somewhere to ride, so these are just a few to get you started.
Lake Burley Griffin
It wouldn't be a Canberra list if it didn't include this iconic landmark... Lake Burley Griffin! It is a hotspot for rowing, sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and fishing, which also happens to be surrounded by a network of cycling paths. The 40km shoreline is the perfect setting for a leisurely cruise and packed with attractions to see and do along the way, such as the National Gallery of Australia, Old Parliament House and Jerrabomberra Wetlands. There's also a great selection of cafes where you can stop for refreshments or pack a picnic to enjoy in the numerous gardens.
Download the map for VisitCanberra which details three loops ranging from a 3.7km 40 minute path up to 16km 1.5 hour route. It also has a list of bike hire places if you don't have your own bike or Me-Mover.
Criterium Circuit, Stromlo Forest Park
Located 15km South West of Canberra is Stromlo Forest Park which features an large array of mountain bike trails and BMX tracks for you to explore. But if you're looking for somewhere paved, flat and suitable for kids and beginners the Criterium Circuit is for you.
This 1200 metre long circuit is a minimum of 8 metres wide and is designed to provide a mixture of fast flat cycling combined with some hills at each end and corners thrown in. Not only is it great for families and those looking to gain confidence in their riding abilities, but it is also used for local, national and international cycling events and training - so be sure to check there are no events being held before you head out.
Canberra Centenary Trail
The Canberra Centenary Trail is a 145 kilometre loop suitable for both walkers and cyclists. Majority of the trail is also suitable for Me-Moving, however there are a few small sections you may need to walk plus step-through gates you will need to lift your Me-Mover over (same goes for bicycles).
The trail is unsealed, follows fire tracks, walking trails and shared paths in both urban and rural environments, past iconic sites and hidden treasures. It is well sign posted, so you'd struggle to get lost. With multiple point to join or leave the trail, it is broken into 7 sections of approx 20km for walkers and 3 sections of approx 50km for riders.
This ACT parks & reserves information details the trail, where to get maps and shows the types of scenery and wildlife you can expect to see en route, so is a great place to start planning this ride.
There’s more to Canberra’s lakes than Lake Burley Griffin... there's also Lake Tuggeranong to the south and Lake Ginninderra in the north. Located in Belconnen, Lake Ginninderra is encircled by a 7km loop trail which is paved and well suited to the Me-Mover, bicycles, skateboards and prams. Plus, the trail is quite flat which makes it ideal for all fitness levels and riding abilities.
There are multiple access points and car parks near the lake and plenty of things to see and do, including BBQ spots, beaches, wildlife spotting and the John Knight Memorial Playground. Here's a handy map of the lake and some more information to help you plan your ride.
As always, this is just a small selection of Canberra's Me-Mover spots and we'd love you to share your feedback on these trails or if we've missed your favourite off our list. Head over to our Facebook page and let us know... be sure to include a happy snap!