84.5 miles
5,922 ft
-5,921 ft
2,666 ft
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Full Canberra centenary trail

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Canberra Centenary Trail is a 84 mile moderately popular easy route located near Canberra. This mountain bike primary route. This route includes 8 trails. This route climbs 5,922 ft with a max elevation of 2,666 ft then descends -5,921 ft.
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4 Reviews & Comments

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elderpanaca (Nov 10, 2020 at 20:44)
I love this ride. My stats were 90.73mi; 10:29:39; 7,306ft. So longer than what TF says.
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SimonCJLewis (May 8, 2020 at 13:41)
Today's endless ascent took me from the geographic, cultural and metaphorical bottom of Canberra to the rainbow coloured hipster heartland that is Braddon. Smile #nicetobehome #couldnotgetoutatheresoonenough
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SimonCJLewis (May 8, 2020 at 13:29)
Finished off the Centenary Trail today!

Cracked out the final 40 odd km around the northern border. I have never been up there before and it some of the prettiest countryside I have seen. I'm particularly fond of the One Tree Hill Ridge which bounds the North Western section. This makes a long a fast roll contouring the side of the Ridge line. Gotta keep an eye out for walkers though, ditch the earpods people!

Glad to get it done, happy with the way training is going, and what I have learnt so far. Today was the first time I used my duelly over the hardtail for that distance. The hard tail has served me well but might be time to move on soon.

Thankfully the Convict 100 was pushed back a few months. I am still concerned I might only be able to complete 68km. It's going to be a big effort!

Might have to consider not eating Big Macs ????
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SimonCJLewis (Jan 16, 2020 at 13:50)
The southern portion of this section was sooooo poorly sign posted. The map on the ACT Government website is useless. Trailforks was the only thing that got me back on track. I did not see a single sign between the arboretum and the Cotter road. Consequently many wrong turns were made which turned a nice ride into a frustrating experience. I believe that rather than having a signposted route through the arboretum, the idea is that you choose your own route through. This cost time and energy and eventually sets you up for failure in the pine forest to the south of the arboretum, where navigation becomes guess work.

Despite these shortcomings the ride was enjoyable. Riding across Black Mountain was fantastic, and emerging onto the Aranda bushland was equally as inspiring as was the ride through the cork plantation. The surface was good and made for fast rolling, sandy in some places. My tyres were at 30psi and I think this was a suitable pressure. Descending from Black Mountain provided the opportunity for some jumps, however these could be rolled over with no problem by a beginner on a family outing. Some hills were really quite steep and rocky which was somewhat challenging and were required an element of fitness to ascend. Multiple ascents were punctuated by fast rolling descents whuch were over far too quickly leading to a feeling of always trialling uphill. A decent ride.


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More Stats for Canberra Centenary Trail mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    1 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,737 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,878 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,880 ft
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  • Distance climb
    38 miles
  • Distance down
    40 miles
  • Distance flat
    6 miles
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The Centenary Trail - Canberra
The Centenary Trail - Canberra
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Oct 16, 2022
old Canberra Centenary Section 7
old Canberra Centenary Section 7
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Jul 22, 2021
Thanks for viewing... Section 7 and all other 6 can be found at our Youtube channel - "Ride It MTB Adventures" - Centenary Trail...

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Centenary Trail Section 3 – Northern Border Campsite to Hall Village
Sep 10, 2022 @ 10:05pm
Sep 10, 2022
Rain has exposed rocks and left quite a lot of puddles but rideable
Centenary Trail Section 2 – Watson to Northern Border Campsite
May 5, 2022 @ 4:29pm
May 5, 2022
A few sections have some ruts but all ridable.
Red Rocks Gorge Alt
Jan 23, 2022 @ 1:37pm
Jan 23, 2022
Centenary Trail Section 6 – Stromlo Forest Park to Tuggeranong Town Centre
Aug 16, 2021 @ 4:18am
Aug 16, 2021
The Murrumbidgee River section closer to the Hyperdome end has Minor Water drainage issue. Some very soggy sections that will not stand up to lots of traffic. Numerous springs are running out of the hill sides with the all the recent rain.
Centenary Trail Section 7 – Tuggeranong Town Centre to Parliament House
Aug 7, 2021 @ 3:01am
Aug 7, 2021
Great ride. Some parts wet and muddy - there's been lots of rain. Minor erosion in places (trail braiding around mud, small ruts developing)
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