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10 walks for a perfect spring like winter morning

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We sure are blessed when it comes to scenic walks and with the winter weather looking stunning, why not get out and explore the capital?

These ultra-pretty, ultra-easy walks are more than the usual Bridge-to-Bridge—and with options all over town, there’s sure to be at least one that you haven’t conquered yet. Grab your shoes and a jacket before heading out to make the most of the winter sun.

National Library of Australia to Lotus Bay 

Start on the terrace of the National Library of Australia (NLA). From there you’ll get panoramic views across the rows of oaks that line the lake, all the way across the Kings Avenue Bridge—perfect for some Insta snaps.

Then, head straight down to the lake. Head along the edge of the lake, past the plinths to past Australians of the Year. Fun fact: their asymmetrical shape is because they form the musical notes to ‘Advance Australia Fair’.

Admire the ornamental pear trees on the promenade before you head under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, then emerge into gorgeous Lennox Gardens.

Stroll along Lotus Bay, and then end your walk at the Southern Cross Yacht Club at Mariner Place, where a (socially-distanced) takeaway coffee or fish and chips from Snapper can be enjoyed on expansive lawns overlooking the lake.

Mount 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. If you’re unable to walk up, you can ride your bike or cheat by driving up Mt Ainslie Drive.

There are plenty of rosellas and kangaroos in the area. The lookout at the summit is perfect for capturing sweeping shots of Canberra.

Gossan Hill

Say hello to wildflowers, parrots, and postcard-worthy views. You’ll find this 1.7-kilometre self-guided walk at Weatherburn Close in Bruce.

Kingston Foreshore to the NGA Sculpture Garden

Start at the Kingston Foreshore, then head along the lake, past grassy Bowen Park and the swans that bob along at the water’s edge.

Pass under King’s Avenue Bridge until you reach the National Gallery of Australia (NGA)’s iconic Sculpture Garden. Here, wander around the 26 sculptures made by International and Australian artists, set in amongst hardy native plants—an interesting contrast to many of the deciduous trees along the lake’s promenade.

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.

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.

Fetherston Gardens

Nestled away on Heysen Street in Weston Creek, you’ll find Canberra’s very own secret garden.

With 3.5 hectares of urban parkland, the Fetherston Gardens include a small arboretum, woodland gardens, a perfect spot for picnics and a network of pathways and trails that are ideal for a serene stroll.

Shepherd’s Lookout

Looking to get out of town? Shepherd’s Lookout offers breathtaking views across the Murrumbidgee, just 600 meters from the car park. Watch the river meander below, or the sun go down across the Brindabellas.

The perfect way to feel immersed in nature, just a stone’s throw from the city.

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 birdlife are amazing.

Tidbinbilla  

With so many walks available, there’s sure to be one you haven’t explored. With plenty of family-friendly routes, there are thousands of opportunities for nature play and for the little ones to burn off some steam.

Looking for a dose of solitude? There are trails for experienced and amateur hikers alike, and plenty of ambling walking tracks for those looking to take it easy.

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