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15 of the best Canberra walks

HerCanberra Team

Canberra is a great city to live in if you love to walk.

We’ve got a compilation of 15 of our favourite walks for everyone to try, from low-key lake walks to more challenging bush adventures.

Looking for more? CANwalk is a fantastic web resource for those who like to explore the city on foot. Download maps and brochures here: canwalk.org.au.

MOUNT TAYLOR

Mount Taylor is a medium-level walk. The paths are well-defined but there are also steep slopes. From the summit, you have excellent views of Woden and Tuggeranong Valleys. Walk down the mountain around sunset/twilight, and you’ll be surrounded by kangaroo mobs!

RED HILL

There are a few ways to tackle this hill, but if you’re looking for a challenge, start at the bottom of the man-made wooden steps and walk all the way to the lookout at the top. Guaranteed to raise a sweat! From there, hit the undulating dirt tracks and head to the trig – the views and bird life are amazing.

ONE TREE HILL

The walk from the corner of Hall and Hoskins streets in Hall to One Tree Hill is a bit like strolling through the English countryside. The mostly-gentle walk takes around an hour each way, with with the only really testing part right at the end as you climb to the lookout. Expect to see a variety of bird life, lots of kangaroos, and more. It’s a truly beautiful walk.

MT AINSLIE

One of the most popular walks among locals, the bush track behind the Australian War Memorial goes to the top of Mt Ainslie. It’s about 2km each way, there are plenty of steps and it’s steep in parts, so check your fitness level.

The views from the top, looking across to Old Parliament House and Parliament House, are well worth the effort.

CURTIN

This pram friendly walking route combines the best Curtin has to offer while still following a paved route all the way. The walk follows a circular route of approximately 4km which will take a bit over an hour to complete, including some dawdling time.

Directions and Google maps for this and other pram friendly walks are available at Canberra Dog Walks.

GIBRALTAR PEAK

Another walk at Tidbinbilla, this is a hard walk, the most direct route to Gibraltar Peak starting from Dalsetta, passing through open grassland before climbing to Eliza Saddle. From here, the trail traverses for a short distance featuring some fantastic views. After a steep climb, the imposing Gibraltar Peak is reached. Return via the same route or take a longer route via Eliza Saddle, Birrigai Time Trail, the Vistor’s Centre and Congwarra Trail.

Canberra Centenary Trail

For the hardcore walker, the 145-kilometre Canberra Centenary Trail passes many natural and man-made icons of the capital. You don’t have to do it all in one go, of course it’s divided into sections so you can tackle it bit by bit, averaging 20 kilometres a day over a week.

Aside from bragging rights, this is the ultimate way to see Canberra, and in a way that few will. Combining urban and rural sights, it’s a walk for people of moderate ability that showcases the best of the Territory.

MULLIGAN’S FLAT

There are a few different routes exploring Mulligans Flat and Goorooyarroo Nature Reserves, ranging from 5.5km to 13km and easy to moderate difficulty, but our favourite is the Mulligans Flat Bird Walk. This 6km return route is an easy two hour walk through box gum grassy woodland with patches of forest. Many birds can be observed at the dams. A self-guide brochure is available on-site for this walk.

YARRALUMLA

One of our favourite pram friendly walks is through Weston Park, Yarralumla. This beautiful walk has it all!

The route follows a wide, fairly flat and well-maintained path meandering around the outer edge of the Weston Park peninsula, and there are lovely views across the water and beyond to the city and Black Mountain.

Directions and google maps for this and other pram friendly walks are available at Canberra Dog Walks.

TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE

There are lots of different walks of various grades in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. The nature reserve is organised so you can hop into the car to get from one area to the next and then do a short walk. The rangers at the Visitor Centre can help you work out what to do and see.

You’re guaranteed to see kangaroos and you have a really good chance of seeing an emu.

Namadgi National Park

Expansive Namadgi National Park is abundant with wildlife, scenic views and great bushwalks. Managed in cooperation with local Ngambri leaders, the park is a wonderful place to explore the region’s Indigenous heritage.

There are 160km of walking trails in total and plenty of ancient Indigenous art sites to discover, whether you’re hiking alone or with a ranger (ask at Namadgi Visitor Centre).

BRIDGE TO BRIDGE – LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN

It’s the quintessential Canberra walk, and on any given morning, lunchtime, evening (or any time on the weekend), you’ll see hordes of walkers, runners, cyclists, skaters and even segway riders making their way from Bridge to Bridge.

Molonglo Gorge 

A medium level walk located within the Kowen Pine Forest, about 15 minutes from Canberra’s city centre and 10 minutes from Queanbeyan. The high and narrow trail winds its way through woodland and follows the Molongolo River. Take care when walking with children!

Lake Ginninderra

This is a pleasant, easy walk that loops around the lake, located next to Belconnen town centre. There are lovely parks, picnic areas, and man-made beaches. Early Sunday morning walks are a lot less crowded here than at Lake Burley Griffin!

Lake Tuggeranong

At a little over 6.5km, the Lake Tuggeranong Circuit is a great loop for walker, runners and cyclists alike and winds around the beautiful Lake Tuggeranong. Flat paths, good signage and water birds along the way make this a really pleasant route.

CANwalk has a great brochure with more Tuggeranong walks here.

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