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Six places to hike in Canberra

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If you’re looking for a way to keep fit outdoors, hiking is the perfect way to do it.

Not only does hiking work your glutes, quads, hamstrings, and lower legs—but it also provides a great cardio workout and can be scaled to all fitness levels.

Not to mention, it’s an excellent way to soak up the stunning bushland that we’re so lucky to have right at our doorstep.

With the weather well and truly warming up, now is the perfect time to get out and explore. Whether you’re a hiking novice or a seasoned expert, you’re bound to enjoy these scenic Canberra locations.

Black Mountain

Black Mountain is a three and a half kilometre return hike that showcases some of Canberra’s most beautiful sights, and of course, one of our most iconic landmarks. Hike at sunset for spectacular scenes all the way up the mountain.

Start near the CSIRO off Barry Drive, where you’ll find a sign guiding you towards the Black Mountain Summit Trail.

Mount Taylor


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With 360 degree views of Canberra, and particularly stunning views of the Brindabellas, the climb to the summit of Mount Taylor is suitable for most fitness levels.

It’s a three and half kilometre return hike with plenty of spots to have a break along the way and soak up the beautiful views.

Park in the dirt car park located on Sulwood drive as you come out from the Mannheim Street Intersection and you’ll find yourself in the perfect spot to start your ascent.

Mount Ainslie


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Okay, it’s not exactly a ‘hike’, per se—this track can be done within an hour—however, you can’t say it’s not a challenge.

Starting in the War Memorial car park, follow the signs to the stone steps that mark the start of this 4.5km trek.

Steep in quite a few places, there are stairs to help you along and a stunning view from the top

Mount Painter

At a total distance of three and a half kilometres, Mount Painter starts from a trailhead on Bindubi Street.

Alternatively, you can shorten the walk by starting from Mackellar Crescent in Cook.

At the summit, you can stop to rest and take in the clear view of the city and watch the resident kangaroos.

Gibraltar Peak


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At eight kilometres return, the Gibraltar Peak hike can take up to four hours depending on your level of fitness, but the breathtaking view at the top is completely worth your efforts.

The massive granite boulders at the summit are the perfect place to have a picnic while you enjoy the view.

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