The Canberra region is blessed with country roads – on tarmac or gravel – across farmland, national parks, mountains, rivers and vineyards. Some of these routes are great for the roadie prepared for well maintained gravel roads, others need more serious gear. Some have great cafe and restaurant stops, others are purely outdoor adventures. Whatever takes your fancy, I hope you are inspired to plan your own Canberra region (or perhaps more appropriately Southern NSW) gravel cycling route.
Tinderry Road is a tremendous gravel climb and descent. If only it was closer to Canberra….
Braidwood gravel: via Captains Flat and Majors Creek
Trying out the main gravel roads to Braidwood via Captains Flat. With some small diversions thrown in….
Want to try heading south for some gravel and a coffee stop? Burra Road to Michelago is a great ride.
This Canberra to Gunning loop makes for a great gravel day out.
Canberra to Coast (via Nerrigundah)
Want an alternative route to the coast to the Araluen Road route?
There are some excellent gravel options to Braidwood. You just need to be prepared to be a little adventurous.
Gundaroo gravel: via Murrumbateman
This gravel-inclusive loop north of Canberra offers great views, limited traffic, and a favourite cafe stop.
Tumut to Canberra via Wee Jasper
If the tough Brindabella Road route isn’t your thing, this route to/from Tumut is a gentler (but longer) way to go.
Canberra to Tumut via Brindabella
Mountainous gravel adventure through the Australian Alps
Circumnavigating Lake George
Gravel to Collector to avoid the highway? No problem. Once there, why not make it a Lake George circuit?
It is easy to ride to Gundaroo, but it is much more fun to travel by gravel
Tharwa to Burra
To southern reaches of the ACT and return via gravel.
Googong Dam circuit
Got half a day? Why not spend it on a local loop away from it all, but right on Canberra’s doorstep.
Murrumbidgee & Murrumbateman loop
Cycling to explore Murrumbateman wineries? Avoid the Barton highway altogether on gravel.
Piccadilly Circus & Pipeline Road loop
Riding Brindabella Road until the tarmac runs out is a popular roadie route. Keep going on the gravel!
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