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The best local treks and trails to get you moving

There are plenty of things that Canberra has to offer such as delicious cafes, beautiful national monuments and of course, a stunning abundance of scenic routes that are just waiting to be explored.

We’ve put together a list of our top treks and trails across the capital to inspire you to put on your walking shoes, soak up the sunshine and head off the beaten track.

BOOROOMBA ROCKS

Want a walk that you can gather your girlfriends and make a morning of? Looks no further then the Booroomba rocks trail in Namadgi National Park.

This roughly 30-minute walk located on the opposite side of Mt Tennent in Namadgi National Park is a steady uphill trek that is sure to get your heart racing. The abundance of natural surroundings makes this trek the perfect de-stressor after a long week at work.

The satisfaction you’ll feel when standing on top of the infamous rock looking off into the stunning un-touched greenery and picturesque skyline is nonpareil. Side note, this walk is also totally insta-worthy – If it’s not on the gram did it ever happen?

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MT TAYLOR

Mount Taylor is a popular destination for many of Canberra’s South side. With its stunning panoramic views of the city being a deserved treat when you reach the peak.

The walk has its steep points that can challenge even the fittest of walkers, but that’s not to say you can tackle this trek if you’re a beginner. Rather take your time, pace yourself and if your lucky you might even pass some adorable dogs along the way to keep your body motivated and heart full.

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GIBRALTOR PEAK

This iconic Canberra trail is home to stunning array of native flora and fauna. With a total walking distance of 8.3 kilometers, this beauty is the perfect fit for those of us who had ‘get fitter and stronger’ at the top of our new years resolutions.

This stunning walk can be commenced from the Dalsetta carpark in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, with this also being the location of the information board that will fill you in on everything you need to know for tackling this infamous trek!

JERRABOMBERRA WETLANDS

Just a stone throw away from Lake Burley Griffin’s eastern shore, lives the Jerrabomberra wetlands.

This stunning slice of greenery is one of the most valuable wetland habitat areas in the ACT.

When strolling through these wetlands, walkers can expect to be greeted by a unique array of natural flora and forna.

The beautiful natural smells and relaxing sounds created by the animals that call this area home are a few of the many aspects that make this walk so relaxing.

This calm stroll is less about fitness of the body and more about the mind, as you can take the paths at your own pace, forget about the outside world and become one with nature.

MT MAJURA NATURE RESERVE

This lovely walk will take you on an adventure through the woodlands opening up to stunning views of the surrounding region.

The 3.8km walking trail is located in North Canberra has entry points situated in the suburbs of Watson and Hackett. This trek has its highs and lows, with there being a mostly steady incline to its peak.

After tackling this round about 1.5 to 2 hour trek we say you deserve to treat yourself to a glass of wine from the nearby Canberra winery of the same name.

ONE TREE HILL

If your looking for a stunning trail that will allow you to explore the beautiful Brindabella mountain range then this is the trek for you.

With a gentle incline to the peak of the lookout, this walk is suitable for all fitness levels when taken at your own pace.

When reaching the peek, walkers will be greeted with a lovely view of the city, making the sweat all worth it.

This around 90 minute return walks can be accessed via the corner of Hall and Hoskins streets in the suburb of Hall.

DAIRY FARMERS HILL CIRCUIT AT THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM

Last but not least we have the National Arboretum. This living collection of trees is just waiting to be explored, with the specific trek that were focusing on being the Dairy Farmers Hill Circuit.

This 2k moderate trek will not only help you to work up a sweat, but you will also be able to gain knowledge about different threatened tree species you may not be aware of.

This exercise for the body and mind can be located at the trailhead sign, within the southern end of the main car park of the National Arboretum.

When your done, you can rest your feet and enjoy a tasty coffee with a stunning view at either Sprout Café or the Conservatory Restaurant located inside the Village Centre.

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Written by Danielle Hatch.

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