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Seven spots for a socially-distanced autumn stroll in Canberra

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While social-distancing is the new normal, you’re still allowed to enjoy the outdoors—permitting you stay a healthy (1.5 metre) distance from others.

Luckily, with lush green areas at our fingertips in Canberra, we can do this easily. And with the trees poised to put on a show during autumn, there’s never been a better time to get some fresh air. Well…you know what we mean.

Make sure when you do go out to stay away from others, wash and sanitise your hands regularly, do not touch your face and if you feel unwell—stay at home.

Molonglo River/West Basin

Now isn’t the time to do the usual bridge-to-bridge circuit. Instead, if you are heading to Canberra’s most popular lake—Lake Burley Griffin—why not stroll around the less populous areas?

For lots of rich reds and the crisp crunch of orange leaves beneath your boots, take a drive out to where the lake meets the Molonglo River.

Key vantage spots include Orana Bay and Yarralumla’s Western Park.

National Arboretum Canberra

Get some height over the city by giving the Arboretum a visit. There’s plenty of open space, making it easy to keep your distance.

The Birch Forest offers endless lines of delicate orange branches, or alternatively, with a little more elevation you’ll be able to snap panoramic views of the city’s amber canopy.

Lyneham – O’Connor – Turner bike path

Like most of the old Canberra suburbs, Turner, along with Ainslie, Forrest, Kingston and Griffith, is perfect for autumn neighbourhood walks and chilly ‘grams with nostalgic vibes.

The autumn foliage fragments the sunlight lighting the way along the bike path following Sullivans Creek from Barry Drive to Mouat Street, particularly during the holy 4 pm golden hour.

Flinders Way

Walking up Flinders Way from Captain Cook Crescent to Canberra Grammar School you will be treated to a gorgeous display of autumn foliage (and, if you’re lucky, some great dogs too).

Honourable Mentions

  • The fabulously red Chinese Pistachio trees lining Friendship Street, Red Hill
  • The bright yellow American Elm Trees on Grant Crescent, Griffith
  • If you’re in the mood for more water views, head out to Black Mountain Peninsula

Feature image: Martin Ollman

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