Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Canberra Running Tours aims to show visitors and locals a new side to the city that you don't normally see. These tours show you the places that make up Canberra, from the most famous landmarks to the least used trails. You will get to see the city from the ground, running between all the sights while learning about their history and the local culture. Tours cover between 8 and 10 kilometres, and take around one hour, depending on the preferred pace. Summer or winter, Canberra Running Tours will show you the city as it looks from the ground. Choose from a variety of different circuits to suit your interests and abilities, and don't forget to take photos along the way! You can pick from the Lakeside and Parliamentary Triangle Tour, the University and New Acton Tour and the Mt Ainslie Trail Tour. Depending on your interests, you can choose the tour route that works for you. Along the way, you'll stop at key landmarks and hear about them, their history, the things to do there and how they fit into the bigger story of Canberra. Group sizes 1-4....
This Saturday tour will take you around Canberra's most famous buildings and tell you a bit about their history, with a scenic loop of the lake thrown in. Some of the places you'll see on this tour include Parliament House, the National Library, the High Court, the National Gallery and Lake Burley-Griffin. This is an easy, flat run on dedicated foot paths, with a few spots to stop for a drink of water. The tour is 10 kilometres in length, and takes between 60 and 90 minutes. Moderate fitness required.
For those after an off road adventure, this Sunday loop will take you up and over one of Canberra's iconic mountains. Following the tracks through the bushland, we'll head for the top of Mt Ainslie and its lookout. From the lookout, you'll be shown the famous triangle structure of the city, as well as all the major landmarks that Canberra is famous for. This is a moderately hard run on fire trails, with some steep hills along the way. Be prepared for wildlife sightings and beautiful bushland only minutes from the centre of the city. The tour is around 10 kilometres in length, and takes around 90 minutes, depending on how fast the group runs up the hills! High fitness required.
If you have an idea of somewhere in Canberra you'd like to run that isn't covered by the other options, Canberra Running Tours can try to make that happen. Interested in a circuit of the west side of the lake? Want to climb up Black Mountain? There are places to run all over the city, and plenty of things to see. They can take you there, and show you running trails you didn't know existed.