Canberra | The Capital Destination Guide

Rocky Trail Entertainment has had a love-affair with racing in Canberra for over a decade. Stromlo Forest Park holds very personal memories for the team – our founders got engaged there after an adventure race many (many, many) years ago and since then we’ve loved re-discovering the ever expanding trail networks in the Capital!

What makes Canberra such a cycle friendly city? Is it the designated bike lanes on the main roads, or the extensive network of bike paths weaving their way throughout the city? We reckon it’s the range of cafes and venues that position themselves as ‘bike friendly’, or the year-round calendar of popular cycling events, including Rocky Trail’s line-up for Canberra every year!

Why not make it a weekend getaway to the Capital with us? There are so many things to see and do off the race track. There are a lot of spots for ‘bike-lovers‘ in Canberra and why not go on a hunt for the perfect ‘Instagram Moment‘? Make the most of your stay and check out what else is on while you’re in town.

For travel and other Covid related advice please visit the ACT Government website. You obviously need to be allowed to travel to the ACT in order to race.


FIND MORE THAN YOU CAME FOR

Iconic national attractions; riding Mount Stromlo’s bike trails; sipping the cool-climate Shiraz. Canberra offers the peak experience.

It’s the best of Australia, brought together for you.

Embrace the cold!

Okay yes, Canberra gets pretty cold in Winter, we get that. So why not go with it?! Roasting marshmallows, foraging for truffles, making a snowman – these are things that you just can’t do in Summer people! Make the most of it!

Check out 8 unexpected activities to try on a cosy winter escape to Canberra

It is the Capital after all…

The National Library, the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery, not to mention the Royal Mint, Questacon, Parliament House (both old and new). Why not take the chance to take a journey through our history, our future, our legends, and find YOUR story? (Plus many of them are free entry – bonus!)

Discover Canberra’s icons

What’s on

Live performances in the city centre, free film screenings, Roller Derby, the Canberra Comedy Festival, or how about a whodunit at Old Parliament House after dark?! There’s always something going on.

Browse all events happening in Canberra


Accommodation

Check out the savings on offer from our accommodation partners in Canberra.

The Statesman Hotel

Address: 14 Theodore St, Curtin ACT 2605
Phone: (02) 62811 777
Web: www.statesmanhotel.com.au/

“At just over 8km from Stromlo, we are the perfect destination to stay and recoup from a days riding. Bars, Bistro and Bottle Shop are inhouse to cater for your every need, we have secure parking available and we are adjacent to a shopping village and supermarket if you need something special.”

Ring the hotel direct on 62811 777, mention the code “ROCKY TRAIL” and let the Statesman Hotel Team look after you!

Abode Hotels

Belconnen, Gungahlin, Kingston, Malua Bay, Murrumbateman, Narrabundah, Tuggeranong, Woden
Phone: 1300 122 633
Web: www.abodehotels.com.au

As the official Rocky Trail Entertainment Accommodation Partner for 2021, Abode Hotels is offering all attendees 12% off their accommodation over the year. 

This special offer is available across all Abode Hotels properties in Canberra, as well as at Abode Murrumbateman, located just outside of Canberra in the cool climate wine region, and Abode Malua Bay, located on the NSW South Coast. 

To receive 12% off your stay, simply use the code ‘RockyTrail2021’ when booking online or over the phone. 

With eight hotels to choose from as part of this special offer, Abode Hotels has your Rocky Trail Entertainment accommodation sorted. 

Book now by visiting abodehotels.com.au or by calling 1300 122 633.


Our top tips for #rockytrailracers

1.
Canberra’s secret sites Look beyond the usual sites to uncover Canberra’s hidden locations. Some are out in the open, while others are tucked away.
Our tips:Shhhhh…..
2.
Cycle around CanberraBruce Ashely’s latest guide Cycling Around Canberra gives you the inspiration and confidence to get out on quieter streets, roads and bike paths and see what this city and its hinterland has to offer.
3.
Awesome animal encountersVisit Australia’s only combined zoo and aquarium less than 10 minutes from the centre of Canberra for a fun-filled day. With a wide variety of both native and exotic animals, as well as the largest inland saltwater tank in Australia, there is something for everyone at the National Zoo and Aquarium.
4.
Canberra for young and old(er)Planning a short break for the whole family can present some hurdles to overcome. Striking a delicate balance between keeping the kids entertained and the adults stimulated is the way to go.
5.
Get your brunch on in BraddonWhile social distancing and limitations on dine-in patrons apply, there are a number of cafes in Braddon ready to welcome you. It’s worth checking if they take bookings to ensure you won’t be disappointed.
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Vintage shoppingIf your idea of fun is poking around stores for pre-loved items in search of treasure or simply being more sustainable, then you need to delve into the suburb of Fyshwick and join the vintage trail. ‘Industrial eclectic’ is the perfect description for this suburb, once renowned for used car yards, fireworks retailers and adult shops. Fyshwick has since evolved and is the perfect place to while away a few hours on the hunt for a bargain or collectable with a mysterious story.
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Seven local bars and wineries to visitCanberra is home to loads of top-notch bars, wineries and distilleries where you can sip on locally crafted beverages — and meet their makers, too.
8.
13 of Canberra’s best walksCanberra is a great city to live in if you love to walk. And in this strange time when we’re equally encouraged to physical distance and make sure we’re exercising, walks can be the perfect solution—just make sure to keep 1.5 metres between you and others.
9.
Gold Creek VillageThis quaint village has something for everyone, with dinosaurs and lolly shops for young minds, a Tudor pub and boutique cafe for foodies, specialty stores and quirky shops for retail therapy, and a Reptile Zoo for everyone!
10.
Wine tastingCanberra’s cool-climate wine regions offer a spectacular range of experiences, from wine-tasing and fine dining to truffle hunting. Got little ones tagging along? Many of the wineries are definitely family-friendly!

INS(TA)PIRATION:
There are so many experiences that await,
here are just a few to get you started:

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