Walking in Canberra is a breath of fresh air. The nation’s capital is a planned city within a park with a great network of walking paths and trails. Major walking paths are well-maintained, signposted, and lit at night.
Walking in Canberra Nature Park
Canberra Nature Park is an extensive network of reserves throughout the city and suburbs featuring abundant native flora and fauna. On walks, you may see kangaroos, abundant birdlife, occasional reptiles, wombats and echidnas. Highlights include Black Mountain Reserve, Mount Ainslie Reserve, Mulligan’s Flat, Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Jerrabomberra Grasslands and Callum Brae, Mount Taylor and along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor.
Walking around Lake Burley Griffin
Walk around Lake Burley Griffin and see some of the national attractions up close. Enjoy Commonwealth Park especially in autumn and spring when exotic trees burst into colour or fresh buds and blooms during the day before settling in for an evening of fine dining or entertainment.
Long walks, hikes and bushwalking
For adventurous day walks or overnight hikes, access the new 145km Centenary Trail or the 650km Australian Alps Walking Track from Walhalla in Victoria to Canberra. Venture to Tidbinbilla and Namadgi National Park where you can also walk a variety of leisurely strolls or spectacular overnight and multi-day hikes.
Canberra's public places and recreations areas have something for everyone.
Canberra tourist walks
Venture out by foot and choose from many self guided walks below.
Learn about the symbolism and stories behind the memorials lining Anzac Parade. Hear information from veterans involved in selected conflicts. Choose between the full tour or downloads of individual memorials to create your own tour.
Walk along the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore and find the series of plaques, plinths, seats and lighting dedicated to Australians of the Year. Plaques are arranged chronologically, starting at the western end of the path near Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.
Incorporated in the pathway are five metal strips set flush in the concrete, representing the five music stave lines. The plinths are placed in musical note position to the score of Advance Australia Fair.
Burley Griffin Walk takes you through Commonwealth Park and along the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore to Blundells’ Cottage, then back to the National Capital Exhibition.
Walk along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin to some of the national capital's major attractons.
Walk from the steps of Old Parliament House around the democratic heart of our nation.
Learn about the garden's history from original completion in 1939, to its 2004 reconstruction. Wander among manicured lawns and trimmed hedges, and take in the scents of the senate rose gardens.
Walk from Commonwealth Avenue Bridge to Kings Avenue Bridge along the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin. Discover plaques outlining Menzies' career and role in the development of Canberra.