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National Arboretum to build new 12km network of trails

Ian Bushnell 30 January 2019 17

The National Arboretum. The new trails will provide easy access to many areas of the site. Photo: Supplied.

The National Arboretum will add even more pulling power to the major attraction with the opening later in the year of a further 12 kilometres of multi-use trails across the site.

The work to construct the trail network throughout the southern and central areas of the 250-hectare Arboretum has been put out to tender, with the project due to start in March and be completed in August.

Walkers, joggers and cyclists will be able to reach most areas of the Arboretum and take in the forests and grounds with relative ease.

The tender documents say the low-maintenance tracks will cater for leisurely family-friendly pedestrians and low-impact cycling, with grades no bigger than 5 per cent at any point.

The tracks will be 90cm to 1.2m wide, allow water to drain and minimise intersections with other trails, with the creation of sharp or blind corners to be avoided.

Construction must be done in a way that protects the environment and the surrounding trees, and the National Arboretum must be consulted before any work is undertaken that may affect the trees.

Canberrans and visitors already enjoy a number of walking and cycling trails at the Arboretum including the Dairy Farmers Hill Circuit, STEP Circuit,  Himalayan Cedar Trail, and Cork Oak Trail, while the ACT Centenary Trail and Bicentennial National Trail weaves through the grounds, taking walkers, cyclists and horse riders through many of the forests.

The new Arboretum trail network is marked in blue, with orange showing the steep slopes. Photo: From the tender documents.


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17 Responses to National Arboretum to build new 12km network of trails
Sandra Matthews Sandra Matthews 11:03 am 01 Feb 19

Emma, Ralph will have more walking trails now

Kath Hallam Kath Hallam 8:52 pm 31 Jan 19

Grace Farrell like the pic?

Giulia Porro Giulia Porro 7:40 pm 31 Jan 19

Giorgio Lorenzo low impact cycling !

Joanne Hardy Brown Joanne Hardy Brown 7:14 pm 31 Jan 19

Steve Glaznieks should keep you busy 🚶🏻‍♂️

Adam Rath Adam Rath 6:06 pm 31 Jan 19

Build a Motorsport park there. Then you might get people coming to this waste of space

Kylie Maso Kylie Maso 5:57 pm 31 Jan 19

Claudia Henry Rachel Cobb Melissa Cabban There’s those dreaded zig zags!

    Melissa Cabban Melissa Cabban 6:06 pm 31 Jan 19

    Karma Scooter but they are sooo beautiful 🏃‍♀️

Alex Blunt Alex Blunt 4:25 pm 31 Jan 19

A new running route for you Maggie when you visit!

Ann Mcdevitt Ann Mcdevitt 3:58 pm 31 Jan 19

Unfortunately the coffee is almost at the top of the hill but it’s a great downhill after coffee!!

Jorge Garcia Jorge Garcia 1:30 pm 31 Jan 19

Can you take dogs on the walks?

Rowie Stirling Rowie Stirling 1:05 pm 31 Jan 19

Possibly when it gets a bit cooler

Jen Bell Jen Bell 12:56 pm 31 Jan 19

What exactly is ‘low impact cycling’? Even searched Google and I’m none the wiser. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    Chih Eric Li Chih Eric Li 1:27 pm 31 Jan 19

    Jen Bell no ebike allowed I guess.

    Baron Conor Merrigan Baron Conor Merrigan 2:13 pm 31 Jan 19

    It's no mountain bikes. Using the pre prepaid trails only

    Allen Kloeden Allen Kloeden 6:09 pm 31 Jan 19

    You're not allowed to fall off your bike and impact the ground!

Baron Conor Merrigan Baron Conor Merrigan 10:58 am 31 Jan 19

When are they going to run a rally special stage there. It's perfect for it

Jack Hearps Jack Hearps 10:02 am 31 Jan 19

Great idea...this site just gets better and better...fantastic visit and scenery is tops.

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