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The ultimate family friendly autumn walk

Georgia Morris

Looking for the ultimate family-friendly walk, with stunning autumn colours to boot?

We’ve found a beautiful walk that will appeal to everyone. It’s pram friendly, child-friendly and dog-friendly. Interested? Read on!

This little gem of a walk by Lake Ginninderra follows an easy 2.5 km, fully paved and nearly flat route around (mostly) dog off leash Diddams Close Park – a small peninsula jutting into Lake Ginninderra accessed from Ginninderra Drive.

Most of the walk skirts the edge of the lake, with attractive views across the water.

The loop walk begins and ends at a formal park featuring a children’s playground, barbecue and picnic facilities, and a swimming beach (for warmer weather). There are also other practical facilities such as ample parking, public toilets and bins.

The first section of the walk passes through stands of tall eucalypts with a grassy understorey. You feel as if you’re walking through a slice of Australian bush, right in the middle of the city. The variety of bird calls nearly drowns out the background hum of traffic drifting across from the far, and built-up, side of the lake.

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A bit further along, there are two very inviting ‘bird watching’ jetties extending through the reeds into the water. Local swans keep a close eye-out for bread throwing humans so it’s well worth a stroll to the end of the jetties to take a look.

Several wooden benches strategically placed along the path provide perfect spots to pause, enjoy the views, and contemplate nature.

About 20 minutes from the start is another formal park fringed with very pretty tall poplars, looking particularly stunning in autumn. This park has similar facilities to the first park: a children’s playground, swimming beach and picnic/barbecue facilities, plus toilets, bins and parking.

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The last section of the walk is different again. The route passes by fenced-off grassland with views across to the distant Brindabella Mountains and more stunning foliage colour in the foreground. There’s also the opportunity of saying hello to very fat and curious Hereford cattle across the fence with kangaroos grazing amongst them.

For dog walkers, this route provides both fenced and unfenced dog off leash areas. The Belconnen Dog Park located at the beginning of the walk provides a fully fenced and spacious dog off leash option. The outer edge of the peninsula along the lake shore between the two formal parks is also an off-leash area, providing ample opportunities for dogs to explore interesting smells in the eucalyptus understorey and amongst the water reeds. (However, dog walkers should take care that their off leash dogs don’t wander into the path of cyclists or other walkers). There is also a dog off leash swimming beach a little further along from the first, human’s only, beach.

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We suggest you allocate 45 minutes for this walk to allow lots of dawdling time, even though you could complete it more quickly walking briskly without stopping.

You’ll find walk directions that detail important info such as the location of dog off leash areas, playgrounds, toilets. bins, etc, plus a google map of the route at Canberra Dog Walks. All information is free and inspired by a love of Canberra, walking and dogs.

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Keen for more autumn walks? Find more here.

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Georgia Morris

Canberra Dog Walks creator, Georgia, has lived in Canberra for nearly 50 years – since she was only one! Somehow, although there’s been lots of Australian and international travel, she’s never managed to move away. Georgia now shares her extensive insider's knowledge and love of Canberra and dogs with others through http://www.canberradogwalks.com.au, and on Facebook @canberradogwalks. Although targeting dog owners, she hopes her free information inspires everyone to get out and explore new areas of our beautiful city. More about the Author

  • Rosalind Turner

    I swear I saw those two beautiful greyhounds outside Little Billy’s in Weston this morning … beautiful eyes, gorgeous dogs <3