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Hidden nature spots in Canberra you might not know about

Updated 31 Jul 2023

Best hidden nature spots in Canberra to explore in 2023

To get the most out of a visit to Canberra in the warm summer months, there are plenty of ways to zen out and get back to nature. From rivers to our very own forest, why not explore some of the hidden nature spots in Canberra you might not know about?

Here are some of the best hidden nature spots in Canberra that you might have yet to discover.

Red Rock Gorge


If you enjoy hiking, park at the Kambah Pool car park and hit the Centenary trail – the 2 km track will reveal stunning views of Red Rock Gorge. When the sun hits the red volcanic hue of the rocks, you’ll feel transported out of Canberra’s south



An hour and a half from the city, Ginini Falls are the highest in the ACT, tumbling at 140 metres. The falls are located in a remote part of Namadgi Park and might be hard to see without the help of a local bushwalking club. If you’re interested in seeing the spectacular sight, it’s worth looking into how you can join in and explore new parts of the park.

Fetherston Gardens, Weston


Tucked away in Weston Creek, the Fetherston Gardens are a hidden gem in Canberra’s south.

Originally a part of the CIT School of Horticulture that opened in 1974, they are now under the control of the ACT Government’s City Services and are maintained by volunteers. You can explore an established arboretum, a woodland garden, a native garden and even a “secret garden.” Magic.



If you don’t know about Lyneham Commons, let us introduce you to the perfect hidden relaxation spot. The community-run public food forest began in 2014 with the goal of regenerating public land, improving food security, providing education, reducing agricultural impact and growing food for the benefit of all. With a few benches and a tree grove to explore, it’s perfect to escape the noise of the city. 

Pialligo Redwood Forest, Image Lauren Campbell


This is one of the coolest ‘forest’ explorations you can do in Canberra. With 3,000 trees, it holds Australia’s largest stand of mature Redwood species. Simply drive as if you were heading to Queanbeyan on Pialligo Avenue and follow the signs to the Pialligo Redwood Forest.



Unless you’re a local of Hawker, you might not know about The Pinnacle Nature Reserve. The 2.6 km nature walk will transport you to the country as you immerse yourself in the natural surroundings and watch the wildlife. 

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