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13 of Canberra’s best walks

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

And in this strange time when we’re equally encouraged to physical distance and make sure we’re exercising, walks can be the perfect solution—just make sure to keep 1.5 metres between you and others.

Bridge to bridge (Lake Burley Griffin)

The Bridge to Bridge is the quintessential Canberra walk, and on any given morning, lunchtime, evening (or any time on the weekend) there are Canberrans taking advantage of the beautiful views.

HOWEVER, due to COVID distancing, you’re now asked to walk in a clockwise direction around the lake.

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 kangaroos!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mount Painter

This hidden gem is a regular haunt for Belconnen locals, especially those living in Aranda and Cook.

A climb that’s almost flat in some sections and quite steep others, the undulating nature of it means there are plenty of opportunities for a rest along the way—and the views from the top are sublime.

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-guided 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.

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 Molonglo River.

Take care when walking with children!

Lake Ginninderra

A scenic walk that loops around the lake, the start is located next to Belconnen town centre.

There are lovely parks, picnic areas, and man-made beaches along the way—but keep in mind that if you want to loop the whole lake, it’s around 7km.

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.

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