Walking Trails

The Cascades Walk is closed for track maintenance from 22 November to 22 December.

The Lyrebird Trail is still accessible.

For further information regarding this closure, please contact the Visitor Centre on 02 6207 7921

Walking trails offer an active means to explore the natural world at Tidbinbilla. With 22 marked trails, ranging from an easy 15 minute stroll to an all day bushwalk there is something to suit everyone.

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  1. Congwarra Trail 3-4km 1 hr Easy: An easy stroll from the Visitor Centre through open grassland that takes you to the Nature Discovery Playground (1.5km, 30 minutes). From here trails meander down to the Tidbinbilla River and connect to Dalsetta via Webbs, Greens and Sheedys picnic area.
  2. Birrigai Time Trail 3 km 1 hr Easy: Step back in time on this well-signed heritage walk across the grasslands on your way to the Birrigai Aboriginal Rock Shelter.
  3. Turkey Hill Trail 500 m 15 mins Easy: Enjoy the granite boulders and fantastic panorama of the mountains on this short walk around Turkey Hill.
  4. Xanthorrhoea Loop 2.5 km 45 mins Moderate:Explore patches of heath amongst grassland habitats before emerging into a magnificent stand of grass trees.
  5. Rock Valley Heritage Site Park at site: Learn about European settlement in the Tidbinbilla Valley by visiting the restored ruins of historic Rock Valley Homestead.
  6. Church Rock Heritage Loop 2.5 km 1 hr Easy: Follow the footsteps of the early pioneers on this well-signed heritage walk to Church Rock.  For a detailed guide please see the Church Rock Heritage Loop Brochure.
  7. Bushland Meander 1.6 km 1 hr Easy: Stroll through pleasant native grasslands for glimpses of eastern grey kangaroos and wallaroos resting in the shade.
  8. Black Flats Dam 300 m 15 mins Easy: A short walk to enjoy the tranquility of Black Flats Dam and its black swans, platypuses and other wildlife.
  9. Sanctuary Loop 2.1 km 1.5 hr Easy: (short trail 1.1 km 1 hr Easy) A series of interconnected habitat zones, linked by an informative and interesting walking trail that is wheelchair friendly. Visitors on walking trail
  10. Hanging Rock 500 m 25 mins Easy: A short walk along the creek through the tall eucalypts brings you to magnificent granite tors once used as a shelter by local Aboriginal people.
  11. Koala Path 700 m 20 mins Easy: Don’t forget to look out for koalas as you take a short stroll through the wet eucalypt forest, home to wombats, wallabies, echidnas and many species of birds and reptiles. Wheelchair accessible.
  12. Peppermint Trail 1.8 km 45 mins Easy:From the Koala Path, follow the gravel track that winds its way through the tall eucalypt trees and across crystal clear Mountain Creek, whilst keeping an eye out for koalas.
  13. Cascades Trail 1.8 km 1 hr Moderate: A great walk to escape from the heat or explore on a cool wet day, this picturesque walk climbs and winds through the wet forest and meets a cascading mountain stream.
  14. Lyrebird Trail 2 km 1.5 hrs Moderate: A walk of contrasts, this trail passes in and out of moist fern filled gullies and open forest, whilst keeping an eye and ear open for signs of the elusive superb lyrebird.
  15. Ashbrook Trail 6.5 km 2 hrs Moderate: This walk starts at Hanging Rock car park, follow the management trail along Ashbrook Creek before climbing through tall forests and woodland to meet up with Mountain Creek Road near the Camel Back car park.
  16. Fishing Gap 7.7 km 3 hrs Hard: Tall mountain gums and wet fern gullies frame this meandering walk along the fire trail.
  17. Devils Gap 6 km 2 hrs Moderate: A short but steep walk up the fire trail through dry mountain eucalypt forest.
  18. Gibraltar Peak 8.2 km 2-3 hrs Moderate - Hard: The most direct route to Gibraltar Peak starts from Dalsetta, passing through open grassland before the climb to Eliza Saddle. From here, the trail traverses for a short distance featuring some fantastic views. After a steep climb, the imposing Gibraltar Peak is reached. Return via the same route or take the longer route via Eliza Saddle, Birrigai Time Trail, the Visiro Centre and Congwarra Trail.
  19. Nil Desperandum (Option 1) 9 km 4 hrs Hard: From the Visitor Centre, take a journey back in time. A visit to this restored homestead gives you a glimpse into a way of life long since gone.  (Option 2) 8.2 km 4 hrs Hard: From Dalsetta, this trail winds its way down to the Tidbinbilla river where it trickles through a gallery of granite tors. Once across the river, the track follows old forestry roads up to Nil Desperandum Homestead (circa 1895)Image of visitors walking
  20. Camels Hump (Option 1) 19 km 8 hrs Hard: Starting at the Visitor Centre, this walk lets you esperience a little bit of everything that Tidbinbilla has to offer. Be prepared for some of the best views in the ACT.
  21. Camels Hump (Option 2) 11.6 km 6 hrs Hard: Climb from Mountain Creekto one of the hightest ridges in the ACT. Enjoy stunning views over the mounain wilderness. The walk ends at Camel's Hump and returns on the same path.

Please Remember: Walk safely, know your capabilities, be prepared, don’t rely on a mobile phone, avoid walking alone and let a reliable person know your plans and approximate return time. All walk times and distances are average return time and distances.

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