You can now see that some of the trees in Canberra are starting to blossom! Spring is here and its time to get outside and explore. Spending time being active outdoors is essential for keeping a healthy body and mind. Living in Canberra we are so lucky to be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the perfect weekend walk. We thought that we would share some of our favourites – with options for everyone regardless of their fitness level or time frame.
EASY (facilities, child and wheelchair friendly)
Jerrabomberra Wetlands: Whether you are keen to spot some of our local birds and frogs, or simply want a relaxed walk for the whole family – this 4km loop has it all.
The Sanctuary / Peppermint trail (Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve): Entrance fees are currently waived for the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, making now the perfect time to take a short drive out to Canberra’s west. Being out here makes you forget that you were just in the suburbs. Koalas, emus, platypus and wallabies all call Tidbinbilla home and are commonly seen. This is a great place for learning about the natural Australian environment. Perfect for all ages.
MODERATE (Basic level of fitness)
Mt Majura: At 890m, Mt Majura is the highest peak in suburban Canberra. The 2 hour Casuarina trail through the forest offers beautiful views of Canberra. This shady walk is great for families and doesn’t require a long drive to get to.
Square Rock (Namadgi National Park): Enormous granite boulders, mountain views and impressive bird life are all guaranteed on the Square Rock Walk in Namadgi National Park. Many of the views you will see from the lookouts have been devastated by the fires of last summer. It is remarkable to see how the landscape is regenerating, and this walks offers a great opportunity to witness this recovery. This 4 hour hike isn’t too strenuous, but still fulfilling and will leave you feeling virtuous.
CHALLENGING (Moderate level of fitness required)
Gibraltar Peak (Tidbinbilla): The first half of this 4 hour hike is all uphill and is a great workout for those looking to push themselves. The rocky peak has many sheltered areas that make the best picnic views you can find in the ACT. You can begin the walk at either the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre or the Dalsetta car park.
Mt Coree (Brindabella): Starting from Curries Road, this 18km loop takes you all day and leaves your legs feeling like jelly. From the peak you can see far into the Brindabella ranges on one side, and all of Canberra on the other. This is a tough, long walk for those who want to make a whole day out of it. Alternatively, you can drive up to the Mt Coree campground and walk just 30 minutes to the peak. Make sure you bring enough snacks to last the day! (Pictured)
When walking in the Australian bush, it’s so important to be prepared and safe. Here is a list of essential items that belong in your backpack.
Long pants/gaiters in certain areas
Warm layers & a wind/waterproof jacket
Thermos of tea/coffee
Bushwalking is an amazing way to keep fit, and there is always an option suited to every individual. The benefits of exercising naturally outdoors are unmatched and should be a choice for everyone, so if there is something preventing you from keeping fit in the gorgeous ACT bushland – get in touch with us!
We can help you through your problems to get you back on the trails. Whether it’s joint pain, a chronic condition or a lack of fitness, we love helping Canberrans get back to what they love by developing individually tailored rehabilitation and exercise programs.