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Seven walks perfect for a clear and crisp autumn morning

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Want to get your fix of Canberra’s stunning autumn foliage before the winter weather really sets in?

Here are some of Canberra’s prettiest walks—perfect for a stroll and a snap (because we all know it’s that time of year when the most competitive sport in Canberra becomes ‘Who can get the best shot of autumn leaves for the ‘gram’).

Bridge to Bridge around Lake Burley Griffin (City)

The Bridge to Bridge is the quintessential Canberra walk. Take advantage of the beautiful view’s morning, lunchtime, and evening (or any time on the weekend). With plenty of places for a pit stop along the way—including a coffee or mulled wine from Margot—need we say more?

Shepherd’s Lookout (Belconnen)

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—and it’s just a stone’s throw from the city.

National Library of Australia to Lotus Bay (Inner South)

Perfect for some autumnal Insta snaps, for this walk start on the terrace of the National Library of Australia and then wander along the lake to admire the ornamental pear trees on the promenade.

From there, head under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, emerge into gorgeous Lennox Gardens, and stroll along Lotus Bay, before ending your walk at the Southern Cross Yacht Club at Mariner Place. Make a day of it with a cheese platter from Snapper & Co – the ultimate post-walk snack to nibble on while overlooking the water.

One Tree Hill (Hall)

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. Peaceful and beautiful, the mostly gentle walk takes around an hour each way, 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.

Kingston Foreshore to the NGA Sculpture Garden (Inner South)

For this walk 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. Grab yourself a coffee to warm up along the way at On Lake Cafe before you reach the National Gallery of Australia (NGA)’s iconic Sculpture Garden, a peaceful spot where you can wander around the 26 sculptures made by International and Australian artists.

Mount Ainslie (Inner North)

One of the most popular walks among locals, the bush track behind the Australian War Memorial goes to the top of Mount Ainslie. It’s about 2km each way, there are plenty of steps and it’s steep in parts but it’s well worth the journey because with views looking across to Old Parliament House and Parliament House, the lookout at the summit is perfect for capturing sweeping shots of Canberra.

Of course, you could always drive up Mount Ainslie Drive, but what’s the fun in that?

Red Hill (Inner South)

It’s iconic for a reason. There are a few ways to tackle this hill, but if you’re looking for a challenge, we recommend starting at the bottom of the man-made wooden steps and walking all the way to the lookout at the top—it’s guaranteed to raise a sweat!

It’s especially worth it in autumn when you can see the vibrant colours of the trees far below as you gaze over Woden Town Centre, Molonglo Valley, and Lake Burley Griffin from various viewing points.

Feature image: Snaps by Sal.

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