Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury is suggesting the best walking tracks to hit around town if you’re in need of suggestions:
“The Granite Tors walking trail within Namadgi National Park offers a seven kilometre, three hour walk that takes visitors through tall forests to a natural viewing platform created by massive granite boulders that overlook the Orroral Valley. The walk, which has some steep sections, can be accessed via the Orroral Road.
“The Shepherds Lookout to Molonglo River Walk is a gentle 3.5 kilometre, two hour walk that meanders across the hills west of Belconnen to the sandy shores of the Molonglo River. The newly upgraded lookout offers fantastic views over the Murrumbidgee to the majestic Brindabella mountains. Parts of the walk are dog friendly and family friendly picnic spots are available. The walk can be accessed via Stockdill Drive in Holt.
“The Gibraltar Peak Trail at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is a moderate to hard 8.2 kilometre, three hour walk. Starting from the valley floor at Dalsetta, the trail passes groves of Xanthorrhoeas, along ridge lines and across mountain saddles to the peak of Gibraltar Rocks and some of the best views in Canberra.
“If you are looking for something a little closer to town, the Kambah Pool to Pine Island walk offers a one way seven kilometre, three hour meander along the flowing Murrumbidgee River. The walk follows the Murrumbidgee River upstream from the Kambah Pool recreation area through the Red Rocks Gorge, occasionally dipping to the water but also offering beautiful views from several natural lookout points.
“For more adventurous walkers the Camel’s Hump trail at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers two difficult walks, a 19 kilometre eight hour option or a shorter 11.6 kilometre six hour trip. The trail offers a demanding trek through some of the more remote areas of the nature reserve. Travelling along the slopes of Johns Peak to the rocky outcrop of Camel’s Hump, walkers are rewarded with the best views across the Tidbinbilla Valley,” Mr Rattenbury said.
[Photo of Gibraltar Rocks Courtesy TAMS]