Mountain Biking

Canberra has some of Australia's best off-road mountain bike trails, many of which are well-suited to families.

When introducing children to off-road cycling, it’s best to choose well maintained paths with little change in elevation or technical elements. These are a great way to take a leisurely spin in the bush.

Search around suburban Canberra (Canberra Nature Park) and you'll find any number of single dirt tracks that your new cyclist will enjoy, or for something more special try any of the below:

Stromlo Forest Park

Majura Pines


Before hitting the trails, make sure at a minimum you have:

  • Suitable helmet
  • Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Suitable hydration
  • Snacks
  • Spare tube, pump and tire leavers (optional, but potentially handy!)

Be aware that many trails are meant to be ridden in one direction only. They will be signposted, so please obey the signs and give way to faster riders. For more information on riding responsibly visit the ACT Government's Mountain Bike Riding page.

Additionally, Canberra Off-Road Cycling Club lists some great trails across the state and also offers social riding for kids as well as beginner courses for adults.

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