Canberra: Hiking - Walking

Australia's Bustling Capital

If you enjoy walking and love the great outdoors, Canberra presents an amazing variety of opportunities to make a success of any hiking holiday. In fact, hiking in Canberra is a great way to experience the cities wealth of natural beauty, agricultural diversity, architectural heritage and history. There are numerous leisurely and informative walks throughout the city, forest parks and surrounding mountainous hinterland that are designed to appeal to walkers and hikers of all abilities. Most of these guided walks last for about one afternoon, although longer treks around the national parks and nearby Canberra national park are also available. Namadgi Park in particular offers many more tough hiking trails, rough terrains and untethered wildlife to challenge and astound even the most experienced hikers. A great nature walk can be found on Black Mountain, which has trails to follow as well as a lookout that has views of Parliament House, the Brindabellas and Lake Burley Griffin. Native plants and animals inhabit the area too, so keep a look out and make sure you don’t litter. The Canberra Nature Parks will be your first port of call for camping and hiking, mountain bike riding and horse riding. These areas are great for a real outdoors adventure, but beware if you are walking, as cyclists use the same trails and some of the paths are narrow. The Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura Ride is also a great trail for hikers. Hiking tours usually last for a few days, but food and accommodation are always included in the package. Overall, Canberra is a great destination for a hiking holiday surrounded by many great locations, regardless of your ability.