February, 2020

29FebAll Day05MarZoo2Zoo Ride: Melbourne to CanberraAn epic adventure from Melbourne to CanberraMelbourneState:ACT,NSW,VICDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 km,160+ km,81-120 kmType Ride:Charity,Multi-day,Recreational

Ride Details

The Melbourne to Canberra Zoo2Zoo ride is an amazing opportunity to ride through the high country. A true experience!

The Melbourne to Canberra Zoo2Zoo Ride is a six day ride that starts in Melbourne and winds its way through rural NSW before finishing in Canberra. This ride heads through beautiful countryside that was made famous by the Man from Snowy River.

The Z002Zoo Ride started in 2006  when a group of friends rode from Taronga Zoo to the Western Plains Zoo, with the simple goal of raising some money. Since then, the Z002Zoo Ride has evolved into a series of 5 rides held throughout the year: Melbourne to Canberra, Canberra to Dubbo, Canberra to Mogo, Sydney to Dubbo and Molong to Dubbo.

The Z002Zoo Ride is now raising money for the Black Dog Institute, which is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.

The Melbourne to Canberra stint is a six day ride.

Day 1 Melbourne to Bonnie Doon. (158km) Day 1 obviously starts at a zoo, Melbourne Zoo, in the inner city.  You’ll make your way out of Melbourne onto Brunswick Road, then Plenty Road before stopping at Wittlesea for a break. You’ll then ride towards Yea for lunch, stopping again at Yarck, before arriving in Bonnie Doon. This is a big day as you’ll be covering a distance of approximately 158 km and climbing over 1500 m with three major climbs during the day.  So expect 50 km with the first climb of 500m, then the second climb of about 200m, and then a third climb of another 200m. You will have earnt your nights’ rest!

Day 2 Bonnie Doon to Myrtleford. (165km) Day 2 is a big day where you will be covering some distance with one really big climb over 30km. You’ll be covering approximately 165 km with gains of over 1400 m elevation as you ride through  Mansfields, Whitford and MoOyhu before arriving at Myrtleford for the night.

Day 3 Myrtleford to Corryong. (165km) Day 3 is another big day in the saddle with 165km and 2000m of climbing. You’ll find three major climbs during the day with the last being from 100km for 22 km rising approximately 500 m. Another well earned sleep that night. You’ll ride from Myrtleford and through to Corryong, staying to the south of Albury and south of the Lakes.

Day 4 Corryong to Thredbo. (102km) Day 4 may only be covering 102 km, but you’ll be climbing approximately 3000 metres, so it’s a big day! There are two climbs for the day, the first being a 600 m climb and then followed with 1000m climb up the back of Mount Kosciuszko. You’ll be overnighting at Thredbo.

Day 5 Thredbo to Coomera. (100km) After the big climb up to Thredbo, you would think that Day 5 would be all downhill. But it isn’t! You’ll be coming off the height of 1400m and down to 800 m over 100 km, but you’ve still got some undulations just near Jindabyne and then some more through to Cooma. So you will still be gaining 1000m of climbing through the day for your 100km. Another well earned rest that night!

Day 6 Coomera to Canberra. (122km) Day 6 is another day of climbing as you head on the homeward stretch to Canberra. You can expect 122 km rising 1000m, mainly just steady undulations throughout the day of around 100 m high with a final descent into Canberra.

What a challenge! It’s a real bucket list ride that supports a worthy charity!

You’ll find other great rides, like the Melbourne to Canberra Zoo2Zoo Ride, in our online Cycling Event Calendar.



The Melbourne to Canberra Zoo2Zoo ride is an amazing opportunity to ride through the high country. A true experience!


29 February - 5 March


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