A cycling / sightseeing visit to a classic autumn destination.

In 2019 the Autumn Classics weekend will be going to Bundanoon & Southern Highlands – May 24, 25 & 26

Details on rides , accommodation will updated soon.

2018 Canberra Friday May 18th – Saturday May 19th – Sunday May 20th 

BN contact – Alison Pryor   alisonpryor99@gmail.com  ph 0438171484

Explore Canberra by bike.  Combine recreational rides with some visits to some of the national capitals attractions. Rides will be at a gentle pace – with the whole point being to have a look around while we ride.

Route Summary

DateCycling & Activities
Friday May 18thTravel to Canberra – Own transport arrangements. Friday afternoon ride option. Ride: Parliamentary and embassy areas. 20km easy. Meeting 2.00pm. 
Saturday May 19thRide: Suburban Greenery:  50km Medium.  Through the National University to the northern area of Gungahlin and Belconnen then returning to either the National Arboretum or the National Botanical Garden for lunch. Meeting 8.45am
Sunday May 20thRide: Lakeland Artistic Endeavours  30km.Loops the Central and Eastern segments of Lake Burley Griffin – passing most of the civic buildings of Canberra.  Coffee at the busway markets and a visit to an exhibition at one of the national art institutions. Meeting 8.45am

These will be led rides and conducted under the ride protocols of bike north with a sign on sheet, briefing at the start etc. Routes are mostly cycle paths with some on road cycle lanes. All are on published and marked cycle routes of Canberra.

Rides will leave from Acton ferry terminal. As these are relaxed autumn oriented rides – the briefings for the weekend morning rides will be at 8.45am for 9am start.


Riders must be 18years and over. Restricted to members of BN. (got friend who wants to come with you – easy; have them join BN $35).


Pre-registration via the Rides Calendar or send an email to alisonpryor99@gmail.com


Normal on bike requirements, warm clothing for on and off the bike. Include a wet weather jacket if forecast include showers.

Shoes: As there are stops at parks, galleries, markets etc planned for these rides think about shoes that will be okay to walk in as well as ride in – or carry shoes on the ride to change in to.

Bring a bike lock.

If you plan to use your bike for evening transport – make sure you have lights on your bike.

Breakfasts up to you (there are cafés and a small supermarket across from the suggested accommodation)

Coffee stops and lunch on Saturday will be included on the rides.

There will be an option to do group booking at a restaurant for the Friday night and ‘eat in’ on the Saturday evening meal, or do your own thing.


Transport to and from Canberra will generally be the responsibility of participants.


–          Drive: car pool with other participants – petrol cost shared.

–          rail passenger pay direct to country link – Sydney – Canberra

–          eg  on Fridays  there are 2 trains

Transporting bikes:

1)    Carpool: workout how many bikes can be taken on the car.

2)    Train. XPT trains have a limit on the number of bicycles that can be booked on XPT trains (5). Bikes need to be booked, boxed (or bike bag) and checked in on the day.

If you are looking for a lift or need a bike transported Alison can email the request to the other participants to see what offers might be available.


The accommodation closest to the start of the rides at Action ferry Terminal is BreakFree Capital Tower Canberra serviced apartment style 3½ – 4star.  There will be at least 1 suite booked with a kitchen to have base.  However you are free to book accommodation in Canberra that suits your needs and budget.  In previous years riders have also stayed at Australian National University accommodation, caravan park,  family / friends etc