Canberra Lifestyle

Guide to hikes around Canberra

Spring has come and the hills are alive in Canberra. We’re a city surrounded by summits, so pull on your hiking shoes, runners or even those Sunday Birkenstocks because we’re about to take you on our favourite treks around Canberra.

Mt Ainslie:

The best views in Canberra come from a classic as the summit of Mt Ainslie looks straight down Anzac Parade and back on Parliament Hill making the short, yet steep ascent is absolutely worth while. The truly spectacular scenery has long been noted as a romantic date spot for those evening sunsets.

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Gibraltar Peak:

Anybody a fan of “nice boulders?” Well Gibraltar Peak is full of them. Just across from the Dalsetta carpark in Namadgi National Park you’ll follow a trail takes you through wide plains of kangaroo grazing paddocks before a moderate ascent to its beautiful peak. The scene overlooks Canberra from afar with stunning views of Black Mountain and Telstra Tower.

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Mt Tennant:

To the south of Canberra and into Namadgi National Park is an absolute gold mine for hikers and Mt Tennant is one absolute gem of the region. The steep descent opens up at a number of beautiful rest stops with gorgeous views that will have you gasping for air, if you’re not already. The achievement of reaching the top does not go unrewarded as you look deep into the Snowy Mountains, a sight truly worth seeing.

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Lake Burley Griffin:

Great walks in Canberra stem from the heart and Lake Burley Griffin may just be the most popular of all. The bridge to bridge walk is a Canberra favourite and takes you past some of Canberra’s finest monuments in Regatta Point, The Carilion, Commonwealth Bridge and the National Library. However, for those with a little more time up their sleeves the wetlands to the west cannot be missed with the Governor Generals house and the National Zoo and Aquarium taking you through a variety of scenes.

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Murrumbidgee Discovery Track (Kambah pool to Pine Island)

A hidden gem in the depths of Tuggeranong takes you 7km through an abundance of natural activity. Take some time to swim in the Murrambidgee river on a hot day, catch the climbers at Red Rock Gorge and amaze yourself as the wildlife comes out to play on this truly stunning hike. Don’t be surprised though if you get a little more than you bargained for as you pass the nudists beach in the depths of Kambah pool.

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