Five winter walks to discover in Belconnen

Make the most of the cooler weather and head out to immerse yourself in the magical landscape of open woodland, native grasslands, and flowing rivers on Ginninderry’s doorstep.

From easy walks with magnificent views to moderately challenging trails for the adventurous spirit, here are five of Belconnen’s best-kept secret walking tracks to discover this winter.

SHEPHERDS LOOKOUT

The first walking track in Ginninderry allows visitors to walk through previously inaccessible areas to the public—making it a unique experience for those seeking to discover a different side of the vibrant landscape.

Starting from The Link, the picturesque track entwines its way through ever-changing vegetation types and landscapes for 3.4 kilometres before connecting with the existing ACT Government track network. From there, it’s only 800 metres to Shepherds Lookout.

Created using local materials that ensured minimal impact on the natural environment, this walking track reflects the history of the area with sculptures of Wallaby Grass, Chocolate Lily and Kangaroo Grass waiting to be found among protected flora and fauna communities, along with the iconic Gruner’s Vista.

MOUNT PAINTER SUMMIT WALK

Starting from Bindubi Street, just past Cook, The Mount Painter summit walk consists of three separate lookouts with spectacular vistas across Mount Ainslie, Black Mountain and the Arboretum, and Brindabella ranges.

The 3.7km walk takes about an hour return and ambles along bitumen and gravel trails, with a short set of stairs that take you to the summit—the perfect way to warm up on a winter’s day.

Once at the top, you are treated to unique views across the city and mountain ranges—perfect for the obligatory selfies—before making your way back down.

THE PINNACLE NATURE TRAIL

Looking for a casual yet scenic walk? Home to a Red Stringybark Forest, the Pinnacle Nature Trail is an easy walk with magnificent views.

Full of bush hills and ridges that are part of Canberra Nature Park, the trail takes approximately an hour to complete and offers a leisurely walk filled with the songs of native birds, including Crimson Rosellas, cockatoos, and kookaburras.

Access the trail via Springvale Drive, Dungowan Street, Marrakai Street, and Woolner Circuit, and enjoy the sweeping grassland.

KAMA NATURE RESERVE WALK

Showcasing the best of Canberra’s bushland and some of the most spectacular views of the Brindabellas, Kama Nature Reserve is home to many important species, including the endangered Yellow Box—Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland.

Opposite the suburb of Hawker, this is a great walk for the whole family. Leave your vehicle at the car park accessed off William Hovell Drive—just don’t forget your puffer jackets—and choose from two marked walks that take you to Kama Dam or down to the Molonglo River.

WOODSTOCK RESERVE WALK

Perfect for hikers (or anyone looking to break a sweat), this trail is considered a moderately challenging route. Starting close to Uriarra Crossing, it winds its way through farmland and offers stunning views of Canberra’s bush backyard and the Murrumbidgee River.

Popular with birdwatchers, there are also pockets of sandy beaches that attract waterbirds and avid picnickers. Ideal for the adventurous spirit, it’s a unique walk that explores the hidden side of the Murrumbidgee River catchment.

 

 

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