Despite freezing temperatures down at Lake Burley Griffin this morning, Australian Federal Police members were…
It’s beach season baby but if crossing state-borders is giving you the ick, we don’t blame you.
As Omicron cases rise around Australia, staying home to stay safe has once again become the mantra of 2022. However, that doesn’t ease the desire to get back to nature while the weather is still warm.
So instead of sulking and scrolling through your beach saturated Instagram feed, why not explore some of the hidden nature spots in Canberra you might not know about? Here’s eight of them.
When you think of the words “hidden nature spots in Canberra”, Gibraltar Falls always tops the list. For the uninitiated, the falls are just upstream from Woods Reserve and while you can swim, the hike to the lookout is beautiful and quiet. Add in the bonus of plenty of amenities and turn your adventure into a day trip to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Corin Rd, Paddys River
Uriarra East River
With dog friendly areas and small sandy beaches, the Uriarra East River is beautifully refreshing. Pack some swimmers if you have the urge to hit the water or bring a book and enjoy the tranquillity.
Tucked away in Weston Creek, the Fetherston Gardens are a hidden gem in Canberra’s south. Originally a part of the CIT School of Horticulture that opened in 1974, they are now under the control of the ACT Government’s City Services and are maintained by volunteers. You can explore an established arboretum, a woodland garden, a native garden and even a “secret garden.” Magic.
Heysen St, Weston
An hour and a half from the city, Ginini Falls are the highest in the ACT, tumbling at 140 metres. The falls are located in a remote part of Namadgi Park and might be hard to see without the help of a local bushwalking club. If you’re interested in seeing the spectacular sight, it’s worth looking into how you can join in and explore new parts of the park.
Naas Rd, Tharwa
If you don’t know about Lyneham Commons, let us introduce you to the perfect hidden relaxation spot. The community-run public food forest began in 2014 with the goal of regenerating public land, improving food security, providing education, reducing agricultural impact and growing food for the benefit of all. With a few benches and a tree grove to explore, it’s perfect to escape the noise of the city.
8 Hall St, Lyneham
Pialligo Redwood Forest
This is one of the coolest ‘forest’ explorations you can do in Canberra. With 3,000 trees, it holds Australia’s largest stand of mature Redwood species. Simply drive as if you were heading to Queanbeyan on Pialligo Avenue and follow the signs to the Pialligo Redwood Forest.
384 Pialligo Ave, Pialligo
Red Rock Gorge Lookout
If you enjoy hiking, the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track takes you to a scenic platform that looks down the stunning length of Red Rocks Gorge. When the sun hits the red volcanic hue of the rocks, you’ll feel transported out of Canberra’s south.
The Pinnacle Nature Reserve
Unless you’re a local of Hawker, you might not know about the Pinnacle Nature Reserve. The 2.6km nature walk will transport you to the country as you immerse yourself in the natural surroundings and watch the wildlife.