Lesser-known nature experiences you need to explore
Updated 18 Aug 2023
Consider yourself an outdoorsy type? Become acquainted with some of Canberra’s coolest outdoor experiences and incredible natural beauty
Sure, the view from the iconic Mount Ainslie is breathtaking, not to mention the hike to the top… but why not try something a little different.
Canberra’s outdoor and nature experiences extend far beyond pretty vistas and lake-side cycling. Scratch below the surface and discover the array of scenic, adventurous, and surprising activities on offer for the whole family.
Whether you're an avid adventure seeker or just looking for a peaceful escape from the city, these gems are sure to offer more than a unique and unforgettable experience. From bushwalking trails to secret gardens and wildlife reserves, Canberra has a wealth of natural beauty that is just waiting to be discovered.
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Step into an oasis of biodiversity and natural wonder
A visit to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary promises a unique encounter with the native flora and fauna of the region.
See if you can spot the eastern bettong with a distinctive white belly, the spotted-tailed quoll or the elusive echidna.
Wake up to vineyard views
Simple and intimate, Cubby and Co's two bell tents and one tiny house nestled in Mount Majura Vineyard have created a space for you to reconnect with nature while enjoying the creature comforts of 'home'.
Visiting in the cooler months? While the bell tents close across winter, the tiny home remains open and inviting. With fully insulated walls complete with an outdoor patio heater, a cosy night away is guaranteed.
Descend at your own pace
Just 45 minutes from the city, Corin Forest hosts the scenic 1.2km alpine slide, which is arguably the most majestic way to take in the Mountain Ash forest.
Corin Forest also has beginner-friendly slopes to show kids the snow ropes from tobogganing to the basics of snowboarding and skiing.
Crawl through giant acorns
Take a wander through the nearby Bonsai Collection which hosts a world-class display of some of the finest miniature trees and forests in the world.
Spot some furry friends in a different light
Get up and personal at the National Zoo and Aquarium with the Meet-A-Cheetah experience or get to know the meerkat family in a close encounter.
When the sun goes down, choose your vehicle and embark on a Wild Night Zooventure complete with an ‘African Sundowner’ during the tour (canape and drink stops? Yes please!).
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Take on the centenary trail
The Canberra Centenary Trail is a 145 km, self-guided loop trail that takes riders around the capital as you go on a journey between urban and rural surroundings, past iconic sites and local treasures including swimming spots and cafes.
Gear up for the ultimate urban explorer's ride
Make your way to the Canberra and Region Visitor's Centre at Regatta Point to hire a Canberran's beloved mode of transport: e-scooter (complete with a stylish helmet).
While you're there, chat with the friendly local staff and volunteers and be sure to explore the shop, which is full of handcrafted gifts, hampers and unique souvenirs.
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