Thu. May 19th, 2022

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Sick of the same old after seven weeks of lockdown? Us too.

Instead, meet 19+ Canberra walks to shake things up – just make sure to wear a mask, physical distance and stay within your local area.

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Belconnen

Gossan Hill

Say hello to wild flowers, parrots and postcard-worthy views. You’ll find this 1.7 mile self-guided tour at Weatherburn Close in Bruce.

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Mount Painter

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

A climb that is almost flat in some sections and quite steep in others, the rolling nature means that there are plenty of opportunities for rest along the way – and the view from the top is sublime.

Lake Ginninderra

A scenic walk that goes around the lake and the start is next to the center of Belconnen.

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

Gungahlin

Mulligan’s apartment

Perhaps familiar to north siders, but less so to those living south of Burley Griffin Lake. Mulligans Flat is a forest reserve where you can capture unique wildlife and spectacular scenery.

The 40 minute long Grassy Woodlands Trail is particularly lovely.

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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 most gentle walk takes about an hour each way, with the only really testing part right at the end when you climb to the lookout post.

Expect to see a variety of bird life, lots of kangaroos and more. It’s a really beautiful walk.

Weston Creek

Fetherston Haver

Located on Heysen Street in Weston Creek, you will find Canberra’s very own secret garden.

With 3.5 acres of city park, Fetherston Gardens has a small arboretum, woodland gardens, a perfect place for picnics and a network of trails and paths ideal for a leisurely stroll.

Canberra Centenary Trail

For the hardcore walker, the 145-kilometer-long Canberra Centenary Trail passes many natural and man-made icons in the capital. Of course, you do not have to do it all at once – it is divided into sections, so you can do it little by little, an average of 20 kilometers a day during a week.

Aside from bragging, this is the ultimate way to see Canberra, and in a way that few will. By combining urban and rural sights, it is a walk for people of moderate ability who show the best of the territory. You can also ride the path by bike.

There are plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife, so keep an eye out for wombats, echidnas and wedge eagles. If you see a platypus, you are among the lucky ones as they are shy and nocturnal.

Inner north

Mount Ainslie

One of the most popular walks among the locals, the bush lane behind the Australian War Memorial goes to the top of Mt Ainslie. It’s about 2km each way, there are lots of steps and it’s steep in parts, so check your fitness level.

The view from the top overlooking the Old Parliament House and Parliament House is worth doing. If you can’t walk up, you can bike or cheat by driving up Mt Ainslie Drive.

There are lots of rosels and kangaroos in the area. The lookout at the summit is perfect for catching great shots of Canberra.

Hackett to Dickson

Why not map your own path through suburbs on the northern edge?

You can take a long walk through Hackett and Dickson, where certain streets are known for their green screens.

Start at the red oak trees on Harris Street, see the ashes of the clarinet on Burn Street and Atherton Street, the liquid amber on Bradfield Street and the Chinese pistachios on Gardiner Street and Edkins Street, then turn down to Dickson Shops where you can take takeaway coffee and pastries.

Inner South

Norgrove Park

You may have brunched at the Foreshore, but have you stopped to explore Norgrove Park?

Definitely not a long walk, but nonetheless a lovely walk: stroll through the park and the surrounding footbridges to check out the island pond and wetlands.

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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 stairs and walk all the way to the view at the top — guaranteed to sweat!

Then you have to hit the hilly gravel paths and walk towards the outlet – the view and the bird life are fantastic.

Kingston Foreshore for NGA Sculpture Garden

Start at the Kingston Foreshore, then head along the lake, past grassy Bowen Park and the swans bobbing along the water’s edge.

Walk under King’s Avenue Bridge until you reach the National Gallery of Australia (NGA)’s iconic sculpture garden. Here you can wander around the 26 sculptures made by international and Australian artists, placed among hardy native plants – an interesting contrast to many of the deciduous trees along the lake promenade.

Yarralumla

One of our favorite stroller rides is through Weston Park, Yarralumla. This beautiful trip has it all!

The route follows a wide, fairly flat and well-kept path that winds around the outer edge of the Weston Park Peninsula, and there are lovely views over the water and on to the town and Black Mountain.

The red trail

Red Hill has hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels to choose from, but the popular Red Track is hard to beat.

People often start at the top of Red Hill Drive and walk around all the way around.

National Library of Australia to Lotus Bay

Start on the terrace of the National Library of Australia (NLA). From here you get panoramic views of the rows of oak trees that line the lake, all the way across the Kings Avenue Bridge – perfect for some autumnal Insta schnapps.

Then go straight down to the lake. Drive along the edge of the lake, past the plinths to past the Australians of the Year. Funny fact: their asymmetrical shape is because they form the musical notes for the ‘Advance Australia Fair’.

Admire the ornamental pear trees on the boardwalk before walking under the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and then stepping out into beautiful Lennox Gardens.

Stroll along Lotus Bay, then end your trip at the Southern Cross Yacht Club on Mariner Place, where a (socially distant) takeaway coffee or fish and chips from Snapper can be enjoyed on large lawns overlooking the lake.

Yarralumla Loop to Weston Park

Start at Heritage Nursery Yarralumla on Weston Park Road.

Start the loop clockwise, walk past the grazing kangaroos through Weston Park to see the lake reflect fall colors.

Woden

Curtin

This stroller-friendly walking route combines the best that Curtin has to offer while still following a paved route all the way. The trip follows a circular route of about 4 km, which will take a little over an hour to complete, including some dawdling time.

Directions and Google maps for this and other stroller-friendly walks are available at Canberra dog walks.

Tuggeranong

Mount Taylor

Mount Taylor is a mid-level walk. The trails are well defined, but there are also steep slopes. From the summit you have an excellent view of the Woden and Tuggeranong valleys.

Go down the mountain around sunset / twilight and you will be surrounded by kangaroos!

Lake Tuggeranong

At just over 6.5 km, the Lake Tuggeranong Circuit is a fantastic loop for both walker, runners and cyclists and winds around the beautiful Lake Tuggeranong.

Flat paths, good signage and waterfowl along the way make this a really pleasant route.

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