Below is a list of the top and leading Walking Trails in Canberra. To help you find the best hiking trails located near you in Canberra, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Canberra’s Best Walking Trails:
The top rated walking trails that offers a smooth walk trails and beautiful views are:
- Black Mountain Nature Reserve
- Canberra Centenary Trail
- Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve
Black Mountain Nature Reserve
Black Mountain Nature Reserve has a land area of 434 hectares and a prominent hill (812 metres above sea level) located in northern Canberra. The reserve borders Aranda Bushland Nature Reserve, the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The nearest suburbs are Turner, O’Connor, Acton and Aranda, where the Australian National University (ANU) is located. Lake Burley Griffin lies at the base of the mountain.
Walking Tracks, Forest Trail Walk, Little Black Mountain Trail, Orchid Trail and Old Weetangera Road loop Walk, Summit Walk, Woodland and Upper Woodland Trail
Centenary Trail, Canberra Tracks Heritage Trail Track 3
“Honestly it’s a really solid place, it’s nice place to escape to and enjoy nature. The spinning cafe is a good idea but it can make you feel a bit sick. If you don’t get sick easily then it’s a really nice place to go.”-Zetim Tamman
Canberra Centenary Trail
Canberra Centenary Trail is a 145 kilometre self-guided, non-motorised loop trail for touring cyclists and walkers that showcases Canberra and takes users on a journey between rural and urban environments past iconic sites and hidden treasures. The Centenary Trail is divided into daily sections, bike riders and spaced for walkers. Users are able to leave or join the trail in many locations. The trail is designed to be easily accessible for as many cyclists and walkers as possible. It follows walking tracks, fire trails and shared paths in urban and natural areas and is open to everyone. The trail is designed for low intensity use by all cyclists and walkers of moderate ability and is normally less than 10 percent gradient.
Camping, Walking Trails, Cycling Trail, Remembrance Park, John Knight Park, Stromlo Forest Park, Kambah Pool
“The views are spectacular and trails are well maintained. Signposting is fairly good, but they’re small enough that you can miss them occasionally.”-Damian Buswell
Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve
Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve is an 829 hectare reserve located in north-east Canberra and includes the prominent hill on the ACT/NSW border, known as ‘Old Joe’. The reserve borders Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve to the north-west and is separated from Mount Majura Nature Reserve by Horse Park Drive in the south. Goorooyarroo, together with Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, protects 1384 hectares of endangered Yellow Box-Red Gum Grassy Woodland which is the largest remaining area of box-gum woodland in the ACT. In 2018 a 12km predator proof fence was constructed within Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve and the adjoining Throsby Offset Area, creating the 801ha Southern Exclosure within Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary. Work is currently advancing to remove all vertebrate pest species before reintroducing threatened species. Goorooyarroo is a regional stronghold for several threatened or uncommon woodland plant, grasshopper, lizard, bird and mammal species. It provides habitat for the critically endangered Golden Sun Moth and vulnerable Superb Parrot. The reserve contains remnants of historic sites including ACT survey and border markers and a stone fence line.
Nature Appreciation, Bird Watching, Walking, Mountain Bike Riding, Heritage Sites
“Great tracks to do running, and see nature up close. Early mornings and late evenings the deeper you go the more likely you will see a herd of kangaroos. Good for also doing a bush track and all trails lead back to civilization so you won’t get lost. Bring a hat, sunscreen and waterbottle.”-Finn Spenc