Put your best foot forward. Canberra is a walker’s paradise, with iconic buildings, natural treasures and waterways at every turn – most within easy reach of the city centre.
Old Parliament House should be first port of call from a history buff’s perspective, with a self-guided stroll through the restored gardens a must-do.
For a view of Anzac Parade, Lake Burley Griffin and the Parliamentary Triangle, park the car at Remembrance Park, Campbell, and take the picturesque 4.2km walk up the trail to Mount Ainslie.
In the south, Coolamon Ridge Nature Trail extends 2.7km from the Bicentennial Equestrian trail, letting you explore woodland and wildlife, including magnificent views of Bullen Range and Mount Coree to the west.
The Centenary Trail is an all-of-Canberra loop that almost crosses the NSW border to the north and includes the Murrumbidgee River in the south. The 145km trail is divided into daily sections, spaced for walkers and bike riders. Following fire trails and shared paths in urban and natural areas, it is designed for low intensity.
One section, the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track at the southern end, winds through rolling fields and bushland, starting at Stromlo Forest Park. This section runs for 27km and makes it possible to walk the length of the river between Point Hut Crossing, through Pine Island and finishing up at Casuarina Sands to the north.
The Centenary Trail’s northern section begins in Hoskins Street, Hall, and offers city views. Another section includes paths through the National Arboretum and begins at Forest Drive, Weston Creek.
For the seriously-fit, the Camel’s Hump trail at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers two difficult walks, a 19km, eight-hour trek or a shorter 11.6km, six-hour journey. The trail offers a demanding course through some of the more remote areas of the nature reserve. Travelling along the slopes of Johns Peak to the rocky outcrop of Camel’s Hump, walkers are rewarded with the best views across the Tidbinbilla Valley. Expect plenty of wildlife walking through Canberra’s nature reserves.
For more information and detailed walking maps, visit canwalk.org.auh.
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