It may seem a little crazy to be hiking in the middle of autumn or winter but these hiking ideas are for day trips only. Sometimes when the blistering heat is absent, it can be a nice change for the avid hiker.
You should take a guide or practise your hiking skills before heading out on these hikes alone, especially in winter.
Beginning with the big leagues, make your way to Tharwa to begin your hike of Canberra’s portion of the Australian Alps. That’s right, Alps. The Australian Alps Walking Track runs from Walhalla in Victoria right across to Tharwa in the ACT. The track is 655km so obviously you can’t do this in a day, but it is a wonderful hike to try to get as far as you can and back! The end-to-end walk takes about 50 days so it is broken up in to sections for you. Test yourself on this one if you dare and you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of the natural Australian landscape.
A fantastic hiking trail in town is the 145km Centenary Trail. You can walk a portion of the 145km trail in a day and the rocky wilderness of the Namadgi National Park will not disappoint with the flora and fauna you’ll find along the way. The trail has already been broken up into day sections for you to make the most of the track while you’re visiting. You can walk any length of the trail at a time, joining or leaving the trail in between the one-day sections. It follows fire trails, walking tracks and shared paths in both urban and natural areas so you get a fully inclusive tour of the National Capital. The trail is designed to be low intensity but you can pick up the pace and walk more than the suggested distance for each part of the trail and make your mark.
Another great option is to head to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (a part of Namadgi National Park) and walk the trails around this area. These can be either with a guide or without, you just have to look it up on the website to find out when the guides are going.
For the less intense hikers or to build up your skills, there is always Canberra’s old faithful hiking tracks that require a good amount of effort to conquer and serve as a great exercise option. These include Mount Ainslie, Black Mountain and Mount Taylor, along with bushwalking trails you can find at Tuggeranong’s Pine Island and the Cotter Reserve and surrounds which connects with the 27km Murrumbidgee Discovery Track.
Remember to rug up and take plenty of water and snacks!