Canberra All-Suburbs-Super-Cruise

Time for a blast from the past and a post from Seb

Bit of an oldie now, but still a goodie! We’re always looking for new ways to explore our home town and came up with a challenge to see if we could ride through every suburb in one day. Beth was keen to be my partner in crime and we decided just before Chrissy would be a good time for a day out on the bike with long daylight hours, warm weather, work winding up for the year and hopefully people leaving town.

Ground rules were important. This is what we came up with:

  • Ride was to cover all residential suburbs of Canberra proper (mainly to exclude Hume which is way out the way!)
  • New suburbs (of which there seems to be one a week round here these days) are included only if there are publicly accessible sealed roads in them.  Proposed suburbs would have to wait for another time!
  • Boundary roads DON’T count! The route had to follow a road going INTO the suburb.
  • Coffee stops mandatory (think we had 6 the end)

Route planning would be the key. Spent many hours fine tuning the final route, ensuring all suburbs were accounted for and trying to minimise distance (was going to be long enough already!) and following logical roads so we didn’t get too dizzy! Ended up with a 230-240km with about 26,000 turns.

All I can say is thank goodness for GPS because navigating this beast old school with printed maps while riding a pushie would’ve been a struggle.

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I thought I knew Canberra pretty well but this ride made me realise its easy to get overly comfortable in our day-to-day sphere of existence.  Definitely saw some new places to check out in the future.

Highlights include:

  • Surviving it out of Charnwood alive (bit of a local joke!) 🙂
  • Riding through developed suburbs in Gunghalin following a line on a blank map on the GPS despite the map being supposedly the most up to date…….things change quickly
  • Coffee breaks!
  • Sweet dirt section over Tuggeranong Hill on our roadies
  • Icecreams at Banks IGA for some respite from temps in the mid 30s
  • Only getting bottles thrown at us once by some good teenage folk in Isabella Plains.
  • Spending from sunrise to sunset exploring with lovely wifey and finishing with that warm, fuzzy sense of achievement (or perhaps that was just the sunburn!?)

Coffee stop number 1, looking fresh!


Stop number two: getting warm now! Swapped to iced coffee and Powerade!


Quick dip at the parent’s pool


Great views of The Seb / the Brindabella Ranges


Last stop in the deep South of Canberra for ice cream. Not looking so fresh now.

Unfortunately this ride is already out of date but not to worry, plans are already in the making for the next local mission but suggestions are most welcome!

Reckon you could do a similar thing in your neck of the woods? I’m sure you’ll discover plenty of spots you’ve never been!


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