Canberra has an extensive network of on-road bicycle lanes and off-road cycling routes, making two wheels an excellent option for getting around the city. Note that wearing a helmet while cycling is mandatory in Australia.
Many hotels and accommodation providers offer bicycle hire for guests. Other options include:
Share a Bike Has seven stations scattered across the city outside various hotels; hotel reception can provide locks and helmets (included in the price).
Cycle Canberra Will deliver bikes to your hotel for free with advance reservation. Also offers a 'family rate' (two adults and two kids per day $105).
The bus network, operated by Transport Canberra, will get you to most places of interest in the city. A useful journey planner is available on the website.
Travellers can use the MyWay smart-card system, but if you're only here for a week or so you're better off paying the driver in cash, as a card costs a nonrefundable fee of adult/child $5/2.50. A day pass costs less than two single tickets, so purchase one on your first journey of the day.
What is referred to as the city bus interchange is actually a set of 11 bus stops scattered along Northbourne Ave, Alinga St, East Row and Mort St.
Car & Motorcycle
Canberra's road system is as circuitous as a politician's answer to a straight question. That said, the wide and relatively uncluttered streets make driving easy, even during Canberra's so-called 'peak hour'.
There is plenty of paid parking around major tourist sights and in the city centre, and most hotels also offer parking, often for an additional charge.
Canberra's new light-rail line from Civic to Gungahlin via Dickson began taking passengers in 2019. The 12km route has 13 planned stops, including several along Northbourne Ave that will be of use to travellers visiting Braddon and Dickson. The existing bus ticketing system will be expanded to cover the light-rail line, with passengers able to purchase tickets from vending machines at the light-rail stops before boarding. Check the Transport Canberra website for updates.